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Free holiday and Christmas assistance New Orleans.

Several agencies either provide free Christmas toys, gifts, or clothes to struggling families, or they can refer them to other resources across all Parishes, including Orleans, Jefferson, and St. Tammany Parish. Assistance is available during the holidays and specifically Christmas or Thanksgiving season in New Orleans. Find where and how low-income families, single parents and the elderly can get free holiday help from charities or churches in New Orleans.

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. There are also free food boxes, coupons for free items. 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 New Orleans charity on a first come and served basis. The presents available for distribution, especially the toys, Legos, video games, 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 New Orleans area households. Some of the primary organizations to contact in the region for help are below, including coupons, gift cards and other goods. Note the application process for Christmas resources normally begins in the late summer. Learn more on coupons for free.

Catholic Charities of Orleans Parish
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. There may be barbie dolls, matchbox cars, free holiday food boxes and other support, with a focus on the poor, single mothers or fathers and the vulnerable. More information on free holiday help from New Orleans Catholic Charities.

  • 4700 Pineda St, New Orleans, Louisiana 70126, dial (866) 891-2210
  • A second center is at 3738 Papworth Ave, New Orleans, LA 70113. Call (504) 324-4318

Toys for Tots in New Orleans region
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. There may be video games or consoles, clothes, hygiene items, food, sporting equipment and other presents. Apply here.




Second Harvest Community Kitchen
700 Edwards Avenue, Elmwood, LA 70123. Call (504) 734-1322
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
This operates in all New Orleans area parishes, including St. Tammany and Jefferson. Applications  - registration is done online at Thousands of children are given toys, dolls, scooters, and can even “meet” Santa Claus.

Salvation Army Seasonal programs
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.

  • 4526 S Claiborne Ave, New Orleans, Louisiana, 70125 dial (504) 899-4569
  • Address - 100 Jefferson Hwy, New Orleans, LA 70121. Dial (504) 835-7130

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 504-570-7380
  • 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
  • Orleans Parish Sheriff - They hold an Annual Thanksgiving Dinner

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 1420 S Norman C Francis Parkway, New Orleans, LA 70125. For information, call (504) 872-0334
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
Location is 3939 Gentilly Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70126. Dial (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 Ave, New Orleans, LA 70114. Call (504) 364-5707
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
2201 Fourth St, New Orleans, LA 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 [email protected]

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

Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeast Louisiana
Location is 320 N Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119. The main number is (504) 566-0707
They partner with companies to collect donated gifts and presents from the community, such as Junk King New Orleans. Qualified kids can get books, games, hot wheels, Legos, arts and crafts and other free holiday stuff.

St. Tammany Project Christmas
PO Box 4043, Slidell, LA 70459. Dial 985-259-5770
They only support St. Tammany Parish. There are free Christmas presents, clothes, food and other resources as part of Adopt a Family. Distribution dates and applications are online.


By Jon McNamara














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