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Free Christmas and holiday assistance programs in New Haven, Hartford, and Fairfield County.

Find churches, charities, and non-profits that provide holiday meals as well as free Christmas gifts or toys to low-income families.  Dozens of locations in Hartford, Fairfield, and New Haven County Connecticut provide holiday help to children from struggling households, single moms, and senior citizens. Find where low income households can get free meals at Thanksgiving or Christmas, gifts, toys, gifts from Angel Tree or Toys for Tots and more.

While the resources are limited, and they depend on donations, assistance is offered, including free Christmas gift cards, toys such as Legos, clothes, matchbox cars, dolls and more.. Not only can someone stop by a non-profit to get help, some charities will also deliver meals and gifts to the homebound or seniors in Fairfield County, Hartford CT and nearby counties. Most of this is for the elderly or disabled in the region.

If you are struggling with providing for your children during the holidays, whether Easter, Thanksgiving, or Christmas, then assistance may be offered. Some of the common requests are for meals, holiday Turkeys, gifts, clothing, and similar goods. Some of the leading agencies to contact for free Christmas toys, holiday food baskets or gift cards are noted below.

If a center is not near you or do not have what you need, ask for referrals to other free Christmas or Thanksgiving programs in Fairfield, Hartford and New Haven County. As there are a number of charities across Connecticut that offer holiday help, and here is a list of other programs just focused on Bridgeport.

Where to get free Christmas toys and holiday help

Community Dining Room
30 Harrison Avenue, Branford, Connecticut 06405. Call (203) 488-9750
Offers Thanksgiving and Christmas meals for Branford and Shoreline CT residents in need of assistance. Transportation or maybe home delivered meals may be served too.

Bridgeport Rescue Mission
Address: 1088 Fairfield Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06605. Main number is (203) 333-4087
The very low income and homeless may receive a free Christmas meal, holiday gift basket, or assistance at Easter too. There may be small, free Xmas gifts for kids, immigrants and the poor as well.




Hartford County Connecticut Catholic Charities
Various churches are part of this organization. They give free holiday food baskets (at Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas). There may be free gift cards, Christmas toys, clothes, stocking stuffers as well as other gifts. They are gender and age specific. More on Hartford CT Catholic Charity assistance programs.

Salvation Army free holiday services
There are many centers scattered around Connecticut, each which offers help at Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas as well as year round. There is an Adopt a Family and Angel Tree program. The charity provides financial aid during the winter to pay the bills and a homeless shelter. Children can get new, wrapped Christmas presents (free toys, games, books, electronics, shoes, games, clothes, etc.) and parents can be given a holiday meals or free gift certificates for shopping. Other aid is offered too, including winter jackets.

  • Salvation Army - Human Services Bureau, Main address: 217 Washington Street, Hartford, CT 06106. Call (860) 543-8413. Numerous social services are offered. Some include Adopt a Family or free meals and Turkeys. Gift baskets may be passed out, and senior citizens get assistance as well.
  • Salvation Army - Greater Hartford South End Complex - Citadel Corps Community Center, Main address: 225 Washington Street, Hartford, CT 06106. Telephone: (860) 543-8413
    This location focuses on residents of Newington, East Hartford, Hartford, West Hartford and Wethersfield. Free gifts, toys, winter coats, the Angel Tree donation program, and more is administered from a thrift store and food pantry. A soup kitchen also serves meals.
  • The Salvation Army of Norwalk Connecticut has assistance programs at 14 Byington Pl, Norwalk, CT 06850. Call (203) 866-2125

There are other locations in the state and counties. The low-income, unemployed and others can get everything from a free holiday food baskets to Angel Tree or Adopt a Family gifts and toys.. Find free holiday assistance programs in Connecticut.

Meals For The Needy - Zion Lutheran Church
27 Judd Street, Bristol, CT 06010. Main number is (860) 589-7744
Delivers meals to elderly and the homebound, provide gifts for children, Turkeys at Thanksgiving, and more.

Town Of Cheshire
84 South Main Street, Town Hall, Cheshire, Connecticut 06410. Main number is (203) 271-6690
Disabled and elderly may receive free meals, fruits, and holiday companionship.





New Hope Baptist Church
10 Doctor Aaron B. Samuels Boulevard, Danbury, CT 06810. Main number is (203) 748-5461

Saint Ann Soup Kitchen And Food Pantry
930 Dixwell Avenue, Hamden, CT 06514-4928. Call (203) 562-5700
In addition to a holiday dinner, it may have clothing, small gifts for children, toys, and more. Donations and volunteers are needed.

Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church - Grace Supper Gathering
46 Woodland Street, Hartford, CT 06105. Call (860) 527-7792

Domus Kids
Address is 83 Lockwood Ave, Stamford, CT 06902. Call (203) 324-4277
The non-profit, using donations, funds, and volunteers, has a free Christmas gift giveaway event. The goal is to ensure no kid, teen, or infant in Stamford goes without on Christmas morning.

Hartford County Town Social Service Offices
Almost all Social Service offices in Hartford County help their local residents. They give free Christmas toys or toys to kids, Thanksgiving food baskets or Christmas meals, and help senior citizens as well. Towns of Canton, South Windsor, Farmington, Bloomfield, Berlin, Farmington and others participate. Dial 211 or the town office to apply.

Gifts of Love
Location is 34 E Main St, Avon, CT 06001. Call (860) 676-2323
The upstate region, including Hartford and New Haven County, are support. They offer a free Christmas “store” for shopping. Parents can select what their kids need for the holidays, whether educational games, books, toy trucks, school supplies, clothes, or other toys. All goods are free.

Hands On Hartford - Manna Community Meals
Main address is 55 Bartholomew Ave, Hartford, CT 06106. Call ((860) 728-3201
Free groceries for the working poor in Hartford County. There may be turkey dinners, ham, toppings and even small Christmas stocking stuffers and toys.

Sterling House of Fairfield County
The charity helps children and their families, including at Christmas. The food pantry can serve holiday groceries or ingredients, there are free Christmas toys, books, and clothes as well as meals and more. More on Sterling House.





House Of Bread of Hartford County
1453 Main Street, Hartford, Connecticut 06120. (860) 549-4188
Christmas and Thanksgiving meals, toys, presents, and other support is available.

Free Marine Corps Toys for Tots
Children, generally under the age of 13, can get free Christmas toys, games, books, and more. There are dozens of collection points (ways to donate) as well as application sites. Boys can get free Christmas gifts (toys, clothes, etc), girls can get dolls, electronics, Legos, video games, Hot Wheels, sporting goods, sneakers, and more. Dial 211 to learn more or select a region below. There are application sites in New Haven, Bridgeport, Stamford, Hartford and all across Fairfield and nearby counties.

Loaves And Fishes Ministries - Woodland Street Site, Immanuel Congregational Church
Location: 646 Prospect Ave, Hartford, CT 06105, Hartford, Connecticut 06105. Telephone: (860) 524-1730
Groceries, holiday meals, boxes of food and more is offered for low income and poor families. They also give free hygiene supplies, including at the holidays, as well as food. Or get candy for a Christmas stocking, books, diapers and other stuff.

Shiloh Baptist Church Soup Kitchen And Food Pantry
350 Albany Avenue, Hartford, CT 06120. Dial (860) 247-3767

Christian Community Action
Multiple churches make up this Norwalk and Stamford charity. Programs include financial aid, free gift certificates for food or Christmas gifts, clothes, Thanksgiving Turkey dinners and more. Clients range from inner city residents to single mothers seeking Christmas gifts for their kids to the homeless. Continue with assistance programs from Christian Community Action.

Walk In The Light Outreach Center
Address: 32 Elm St, Hartford, CT 06106. Call (860) 246-2056

YMCA of Meriden
110 West Main Street, Meriden, Connecticut 06451. Call (203) 235-6386
The non-profit will serve a turkey dinner to anyone in need on Thanksgiving Day or Christmas. They also coordinate delivery of a hot meal or food to the homebound.

South Church Christmas Dinner
Location is 90 Main Street, New Britain, Connecticut 06051. Phone - (860) 223-3691

Greater Joy Mission Church
49 Charter Oak Ave, Hartford, CT 06106. Call (860) 243-9447
Low-income parents in Hartford, or single moms or dads, can apply for free Christmas gifts for kids under the age of 13. There may be toys, clothes, underwear, books, arts and crafts and also holiday groceries.







Community Soup Kitchen At Christ Episcopal Church
84 Broadway, New Haven, CT 06511. Call (203) 624-4594
Serves Christmas meals to New Haven County families. Meals, gifts, and small toys may be offered for children and infants too.

Open Doors - Norwalk Emergency Shelter - Manna House Of Hospitality Food Pantry And Soup Kitchen
4 Merritt Street, Norwalk, CT 06854. Call the agency at (203) 866-1057

Faith Living Church Christmas Dinner
Location is 20 Grove Street, Plantsville, CT 06479. Call (860) 621-6452 for intake.

Bread For Life Soup Kitchen
Mailing address is 31 Vermont Avenue, Southington, CT 06489
Primary phone number is (860) 276-8389
Community Dinners are served at Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. A ride may be offered to the feeding site as well. Also presents and small items (such as a stocking) may be passed out to children.

New Covenant House Of Hospitality
174 Richmond Hill Ave, Stamford, CT 06902. Telephone: (203) 964-8228
Christmas meals, games, toys, and holiday events are held in Fairfield County.

First Congregational Church Of Waterbury
Main address: 222 West Main Street, Waterbury, Connecticut 06702-1286. Call (203) 757-0331

Hands On Hartford
Address is 55 Bartholomew Avenue, Hartford, CT 06106. Phone - 860.728.3201
Assistance programs include a soup kitchen, housing, and holiday help. Low income families, the homeless and others can get free Christmas food, Thanksgiving meals, gifts and more. Get dolls, toy trucks, sneakers, Matchbox cars, board games, and so much more.

Greater Faith Church Ministries
Main address is 31 Prospect Avenue, West Hartford, CT 06107. Telephone - (860) 236-9673

Saugatuck Congregational Church
Main address: 245 Post Road East, Westport, Connecticut 06880. Telephone - (203) 227-1261


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