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Free Christmas and holiday programs in Northwest Indiana.

Help is provided during the holidays, including at Christmas, by charities in Northwest Indiana. There are programs in Allen, Lake, Porter, Hamilton and other counties as well as the city of Gary. Resources include free Christmas toys for children to food baskets for families. There are also Thanksgiving or Christmas meal deliveries for seniors in the area as well.. Find details on Toys for Tots, Angel Tree, as well as Salvation Army and other free charitable holiday programs.

The toys as well as free Christmas gifts (or vouchers) passed out are the results of donations and programs such as Adopt a Family or Angel Tree. Many businesses as well as non-profits across the region provide games, books, toy trucks for boys and more to these Christmas programs. Volunteers then package the items and help pass the presents out to children from low income families.

Other holiday programs are also available in Allen County and nearby regions, such as Bartholomew or Howard. There are Turkeys for Thanksgiving and Christmas food baskets. Children can also receive a stocking with small toys in it.

Caring And Sharing For The Holidays
Kokomo, Indiana 46901, Main phone - (765) 398-5596 or (765) 456-3838
The charity focuses on Howard County. Donations of toys and clothing are accepted then passed out to families living in poverty or facing a crisis.

Society Of Saint Vincent De Paul of Lake County IN
SVDP is at 7128 Arizona Ave, Hammond, IN 46323. Call (219) 845-7531 for information
The church based charity mostly has food, including at Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Some children may be given a small toy, if the volunteers from the church have them to give. Meals may be delivered to seniors in advance of the holidays.

Coordinated Assistance Ministries (CAM)
625 N Union St, Kokomo, IN 46901. Dial the charity at (765) 452-8963
Only clients of CAM can get help. A Christmas Party is held in Howard County. Meals and gifts may be provided.




Church Of God In Christ
5718 West 9th Avenue, Gary, IN 46406. Call (219) 949-2626
They run a Toys for Tots program in Lake County. The focus of the Christmas program is on residents of Hammond, East Chicago, Gary, Whiting, Griffith, Munster, and Highland. Small presents for kids, winter coats, and other items are available.

Kokomo Rescue Mission
Main address - 321 West Mulberry Street, Kokomo, Indiana 46901. Phone - (765) 456-3838
Outreach is for families living in poverty and the homeless. There may be winter clothing, gifts for Christmas, hats, and more.

Love Chapel
Address is 292 Center Street, Columbus, IN 47202. Phone - (812) 372-9421
A holiday food program is provided by the charity.

Guidance Ministries
216 North 2nd Street, Elkhart, Indiana 46516. Main number is (574) 296-7192
there is a free clothing and food bank on site. in some cases, small toys (including at Christmas or birthdays) may be on site. There are games, winter jackets, and Christmas holiday events for the poor and low income.

Salvation Army has multiple locations in the region.
They may offer Angel Tree toy programs, gift cards to purchase toys or groceries at the store, and more. There are also free Thanksgiving Turkey dinners, Christmas gifts, meals and Adopt a Family services. Read more on Salvation army Indiana holiday assistance.

  • Porter County site is at 799 Capital Road, Valparaiso, IN 46385. Dial (219) 762-9191.
  • Residents of Lawrence County have a center at 1629 K Street, Bedford, Indiana 47421. Phone (812) 275-5429 or (812) 583-1231.
  • 2901 North Clinton Street, Fort Wayne Indiana, and can be reached at 260-744-2311.
  • Lake County holiday programs are at 4800 Harrison St, Gary, IN 46408. Telephone - (219) 887-6588





Mental Health America Of Howard County
700 E Firmin St, Kokomo, IN 46902. Telephone - (765) 459-0309
Holiday programs are for the disabled and people with a mental illness.

Toys for Tots in Northwest Indiana
The registration occurs online, but the service is available in Gary Indiana, Fort Wayne, and all nearby counties. Referrals can often be given by charities such as the Church Of God In Christ and others. Get games, books, shoes, winter coats, and gift cards from the many charities that operate toys for Tots. Or dial 211 for application sites. The applications are by county, and find them here.

Lake County Love
They offer basic needs, personal toiletries, food and more. As part of this may be games, gifts, or winter attire like coats for kids or teens. More on Lake County LOVE INC..

Allen County Catholic Charities
Learn about financial help, shelter, immigration programs, and more. The is free seasonal help in Forty Wayne from the Charity and its churches. This may be a turkey dinner, free Christmas meal ingredients, as well as clothes or gift cards. Kids can be given games, books, bicycles and other goods. Continue with Catholic Charities Allen County assistance programs.

City Of Columbus Fire Department Station 6
1900 West 450 South
Columbus, IN 47201
Main phone: (812) 376-2676
Based on donations, there may be some donated toys for children from Bartholomew County.

Hobart Township Trustee, Lake County
Address is 1421 West 37th Avenue
Hobart, Indiana 46342
Telephone: (219) 942-0055
They only support children from the town. There may be wrapped toys for kids from low income or unemployed families. Registration is required.





Marion Township of Lawrence County
Main address is 901 West Main Street
Mitchell, Indiana 47446
Call (812) 849-4254
Limited Christmas assistance may be provided by the town trustee, to residents only. Any help provided is at the discretion of the town.

Kokomo Urban Outreach
1708 South Home Avenue
Kokomo, Indiana 46902
Call (765) 457-1983
Donated toys, games, boots, and more are offered. Low income families, single moms and others can apply for help at the holidays, including Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

Merciful Help Center
Address is 1045 West 146th Street, Suite A
Matthew 25 Center
Carmel, Indiana 46032
Main phone - (317) 663-4039
Everything from holiday gifts to household goods, school supplies, and more may be provided.


By Jon McNamara

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