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 toys for children to food baskets for families and Thanksgiving or Christmas meal deliveries for seniors in the area.

The toys 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
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 and Saints Peter And Paul Church
Address is 5885 Harrison Street
Merrillville, IN 46410
Dial (219) 980-2693 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)
210 North Market Street
Kokomo, Indiana 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
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
(765) 456-3838
Outreach is for families living in poverty and the homeless. There may be winter clothing, gifts for Christmas, hats, and more.

Mental Health America Of Howard County
507 North Webster Street
Kokomo, Indiana 46901
Telephone - (765) 459-0309
Holiday programs are for the disabled and people with a mental illness.

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

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.

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.

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.
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.
2901 North Clinton Street, Fort Wayne Indiana, and can be reached at 260-744-2311.
Lake County holiday programs are at 351 West 11th Avenue Gary, Indiana 46402, (219) 882-9377.

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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