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New Orleans Christmas and free holiday assistance.

Assistance is available during the holiday and specifically Christmas season in New Orleans. Several agencies either provide free toys, Christmas gifts, or clothes to struggling families, or they can refer them to other resources across all Parishes, including Orleans, Jefferson, and St. Tammany. Another option is to get a hot holiday meal (Thanksgiving or Christmas) or gift card for food from a pantry in the city of New Orleans. Or apply for the regional Toys for Tots service or Angel Tree, both of which give Christmas presents to low income children.

The demand for help around the holidays is very high. Any assistance at Christmas is provided by a charity on a first come and served basis. The presents available for distribution, especially the toys and gift cards, go quickly. Please volunteer or donate a gift if possible.

Priority is also given to those homes or apartments with children or an elderly member living in them, as the volunteers from the charities want to spread holiday cheer to the youngest and oldest among us. Some of the primary organizations to contact in the New Orleans region for help are below. Note the application process for Christmas resources normally begins in the late summer.

Catholic Charities of Orleans Parish
4700 Pineda St, New Orleans, Louisiana 70126, dial (866) 891-2210
A second center is at 1416 Dante St, New Orleans, LA 70139. Call (504) 861-9400
Children from low income households create wish list of needed (or wanted) items. Toys, gifts, shoes, games, books, and more may be provided by this church based charity. More information on free holiday help from New Orleans Catholic Charities.

Toys for Tots
Another donation service. Young children, infants, and new or single moms may receive Christmas gifts for their child or even a food basket. Dial 211 to apply for this free toy program in the greater New Orleans area as well as Jefferson County. Apply here.




Second Harvest Community Kitchen
700 Edwards Avenue
Elmwood, LA 70123
Meals are served only to the low income. Senior citizens can get help in the form of Christmas food, frozen meal boxes, and even home delivery during both Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Times-Picayune Doll and Toy Fund
(504) 826-3622
This operates in all New Orleans area parishes, including St. Tammany and Jefferson. Thousands of children are given toys, dolls, scooters, and can even “meet” Santa Claus.

Orleans Parish Sheriff
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
Phone - 504-827-8504.
They hold an Annual Thanksgiving Dinner

Salvation Army Seasonal programs

  • 4526 S Claiborne Ave, New Orleans, Louisiana, 70125 dial (504) 899-4569
  • Address - 3630 Coliseum St, New Orleans, LA 70115. Main number is (504) 265-8808
  • Saint Tammany center - 1584 Elderberry Loop, Mandeville, LA 70448, dial (310) 450-7235

The programs include Silver Bells for senior citizens, and Angel Tree for children. Between the two resources the elderly, infants, and teenagers in Orleans can get assistance. Gift certificates for a small dollar amount, free Thanksgiving or Christmas meals, stocking stuffers, and small toys may be provided by donors. Find other free Christmas programs from Orleans Salvation Army.





Jefferson and Orleans Parish toy programs are run from these charities too. Donations and volunteers keep them running. There may be free books, games, electronics, chromebooks, and other items. Some clothes too, and many of the non-profits are part of Toys for Tots.

  • iBarnes Non Profit Organization, Marrero, Louisiana, 70073. Call 504-341-4305
  • Daughters Foundation, 2436 Columbus St., New Orleans, LA 70119. Main number is (504) 616-4066
  • NAACP New Orleans, P.O. Box 871450, New Orleans, Louisiana 70187, call 504-434-8965
  • United Fellowship Full Gospel gives out toys from 2401 Annette St, New Orleans, LA 70119. Main Phone: (504) 949-2559
  • St. John Institutional Missionary Baptist Church at 2538 Jackson Ave, New Orleans, LA 70113, phone (504) 558-1998

New Orleans Mission
1130 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd
New Orleans, Louisiana 70113
Telephone - (504) 523-2116
They mostly offer Christmas programs for clients and the homeless, including children. There are also resources for veterans. Clothes, small toys, gifts, and food may be offered.

SVDP churches - Society of Saint Vincent
There are several. They help the low income, unemployed, immigrants and others. There are social services, financial aid, and free holiday programs. This may be gift certificates, gifts or toys for kids, Meals on Wheels for the elderly and other programs. Thanksgiving and Christmas food may be offered too. More on New Orleans area SVDP.

United Way Referral Service
Charities in Orleans and Jefferson Parish help needy children and parents. The Holiday assistance programs include free boxes of groceries, Adopt a family, Christmas gift donation programs, toys, games, and gift distribution services are all in place. Call 211 for details on local resources.

Total Community Action
Address is 1629 Simon Bolivar Ave
New Orleans, LA 70113
Call (504) 524-1281
There may be referrals to adopt a family programs. They also offer financial help, grants, and other emergency assistance.

Connect a Family - Church Without Walls
201 St. Charles Ave.
New Orleans, Louisiana 70170
Phone: (504)232-7607
A small scale Christmas and holiday program. Based on donations, they may have free toys for kids, Tress for the family, decorations, ornaments, and more. The Connect a Family holiday program connects donors with needy families in Orleans Parish area.

Fischer Community Church
Location is 1737 L.B. Landry Avenue
New Orleans (Algiers) Louisiana, 70114
They are a Toys for Tots partner. Registered families can get free Christmas gifts, toys, or presents for children age 13 and under.







Central City Christian Fellowship
2138 4th St
New Orleans, Louisiana 70113
Intake number is 504-891-5721
Mostly food, groceries, and holiday meals. Easter baskets, Thanksgiving turkey dinners, Christmas food or small treats for kids and others. Based on volunteers and donation levels, so small toys may be offered.

Love Outreach Christian Center
Food pantry address is 501 Opelousas St
New Orleans, Louisiana 70114
Call 504-366-1050
A free food pantry and soup kitchen. There may be free Easter, Thanksgiving, or Christmas food baskets.

The Good Samaritan Ministry
Charity address is 910 Cross Gates Boulevard
Slidell, Louisiana 70461
Phone number is 985-641-6421
Holiday meals, ranging from Thanksgiving to Christmas, are available. There may also be small gifts, stockings, or toys for children, and seniors or the homebound may have a meal deliver in New Orleans. Books, games, toy trucks for boys and presents for girls at Christmas.

Saint Tammany Project Christmas
They help senior citizens as well as children/teens under the age of 18. Christmas gifts, games, books, clothes and more are offered. Applicants can only be enrolled into this holiday program and not any others. Contact is

Covenant House
Address: 611 N Rampart St.
New Orleans, Louisiana 70112
(504) 584-1111
Holiday programs are only for the homeless that are clients of the shelter.


By Jon McNamara

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