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Free Christmas assistance New Hanover and Brunswick County free

During the holiday season, including Christmas and Thanksgiving, the generosity of the greater Wilmington region increases. Children can be given free toys, a low income family an entire meal, and the elderly or disabled can have food delivered to them. Other assistance, as noted below, may also be provided at Christmas.

Two of the major programs in the New Hanover County area include Angel Tree as well as Toys for Tots. But there are also other charities that provide help too. Most of the items (such as toys, gifts, and food baskets) are passed out for free, but other locations sell the goods at a low price.

The primary agencies to apply at for assistance in New Hanover as well as Brunswick County are below. Low income families with children need to apply early, before the goods run out.

Brunswick Family Assistance
Address is 4100 Main St.
Shallotte, North Carolina 28470
Dial (910) 754-4766
Many social services are administered for Brunswick County income qualified families. They do participate in Adopt a Family Christmas and meal giving programs for single parents as well as residents living in poverty. Financial aid may help with heating bills, they offer winter clothing, housing, and more.

New Hanover County Department of Social Services
1650 Greenfield St.
Wilmington, NC 28402
Telephone - 910 798 3400
Only those families on welfare/public aid may be referred to Christmas assistance. There may be toys, food baskets, and other holiday programs, in addition to TANF grants.

Salvation Army
820 North Second Street
Wilmington, NC 28401
Telephone: (910) 799-0105
Angel Tree is the Christmas Assistance Program in the region. People adopt a child and buy them games, presents, school supplies or clothing. Hot Thanksgiving meals, case management, vouchers for shopping or medications, and other aid is given too.




Cape Fear Toys for Tots Program
Address: 4510 Oleander Drive
Wilmington, NC 28403
Apply online. New, unwrapped toys are given to boys, girls, and children of all ages. The non-profit also has Hannukah and Kwanzaa assistance programs.

Grace United Methodist Church - Alternative Gift Market
Address - 401 Grace Street
Wilmington, North Carolina 28401
(910) 763-5197
New Hanover County families can enroll into holiday help or get a basket of food.

Circa 1922
8 North Front Street
Wilmington, NC 28401
(910) 762-1922
Free Thanksgiving turkey meals are given. Clients are he homeless, elderly, and vulnerable.

Word Changing Hearts Ministries
Location - 614 Redcross St
Wilmington, NC 28401
Call (910) 538-0218
Food and meals are served.





Help Center of Federal Point
1121 North Lake Park Boulevard
Carolina Beach, North Carolina 28428
(910) 458-2777
Carolina and Kure Beach residents can apply for emergency help, including for Christmas. Water and electric bill programs, medications, and other aid is offered too by the charity.

Catholic Charities
Main address is 4006 Princess Place Drive
Wilmington, NC 28405
Call (910) 251-8130
The church supports both Brunswick as well as New Hanover county. Gifts, food, spiritual advice at Christmas, and toys are some of what is available.

By Jon McNamara














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