Omaha area free holiday and Christmas assistance programs.

Several charities in the Omaha Nebraska area provide assistance to low income families during the holidays. They can help parents apply for free Christmas toy or gift programs for their children, offer hot meals to families living in poverty, and help ensure senior citizens and the homebound have a Christmas or even Thanksgiving meal delivered to them. Various volunteer organizations across Douglas and Sarpy Counties administer these holiday services, including Toys for Tots and Angel Tree.

When applying to one of these organizations, they will require documentation from the family. The number of Christmas presents to pass out is limited, so the charities that offer these resources do their best to ensure it goes to those that most need it.

  • Applicants should bring proof of residency, income, any government benefits and driver's license.
  • The Omaha household needs details on their children as well, such as a birth certificate.

Other information may be needed too. If approved, the charity may offer a free holiday present. It may be a game, article of clothing, or some other toy that the child can open on Christmas morning. Note that many of these Omaha agencies also offer free food baskets, including at Thanksgiving.

Omaha area Toys for Tots
This is available for income qualified residents in Douglas and Sarpy County. There are several applications sites in the community, and some of them are below. Otherwise a family can register for a free gift online.
Together We Achieve Miracles is located at 1941 S 42nd St. Dial (402) 991-0777.
Heartland Family Service in Papillion at 302 American Pkwy. Phone - (402) 339-2544.
M.O.R.E. Is located at 5620 Ames Ave in Omaha. Dial (402) 999-8344.
South Omaha Boys and Girls Club – Address is 5051 S 22nd St, Omaha, NE 68107. Call (402) 733-8333.
Church of the Living God - 2029 Binney St. Phone (402) 451-4742.
Together We Achieve Miracles – Address is 2505 N 24th St. Phone (402) 557-8945.

 

 

 

 

Omaha Housing Authority - 4401 N 21st St. Phone (402) 651-9696.
North Omaha Boys and Girls Club - 2610 Hamilton St. Call (402) 342-2300.
First Baptist Church Gymnasium, 23rd & Hancock St, Bellevue in Sarpy County.
KVC Behavioral Healthcare Nebraska – Location is 11550 I St Ste 100. Telephone - (402) 498-4700.
Set Free Church, 1030 S 24th St. Call (402) 346-4584.
Westside Boys and Girls Club – Address is 1414 Robertson Dr in Omaha. Phone (402) 932-6477.

There are a few other other intake sites that change yearly if one is not close to a resident. The Toys for Tots website can provide more details.

Heartland Hope Mission Christmas For South Omaha
2021 U Street
Omaha, NE 68107
Phone - 402.733.1904
The non-profit covers Douglas County. Holiday assistance includes Thanksgiving pantries and Hope-Filled Christmas for kids ages birth through 17. They may offer 1 or 2 free Christmas toys for children under the age of 17. Referrals may be given to other programs, including holiday meal sites. Registration is during November.

Council Bluffs Goodfellows
535 W Broadway in Council Bluffs
Dial (712) 328-1811

Catholic Charities
The holiday assistance is available as part of Operation Others in Douglas and nearby counties. Based on donations, toys, games, winter attire, food baskets, and other help is offered at Christmas. Call the church at (402) 829-9236.

 

 

 

 

Together Inc. Holiday Gift Store
1616 Cass St, Omaha, NE
Telephone number is (402) 345-8047

Open Door Mission Project Santa
Garland Thompson Men’s Center, 2705 N 20th Street E
Omaha, Nebraska 68110
(402) 422-1111
Hot Thanksgiving and Christmas meals are served to the homeless and families in poverty. There may also be small Christmas gifts or vouchers for children.

Salvation Army Christmas Cheer
Address is 3612 Cuming St
Omaha, Nebraska 68131
Phone - (402) 898-6023
Senior citizens over the age of 60 from the Douglas County are can get help. Meals, holiday food baskets, gifts, clothing, and more may be provided. The charity will try to provide Christmas gifts for children 16 & under and food, such as a holiday Turkey, for the entire family. Books, games, electronics, and other holiday items as well. Adopt a Family is used in Douglas County as well as a program called Toyland.. Another location which may give food vouchers is at 715 North 16th Street, Council Bluffs. Phone (712) 328-2088. More on Salvation Army Omaha assistance programs.

SVDP of Omaha and Douglas County
Volunteers help the low income and working poor. There may be Free Christmas toys, clothes, low cost supplies from the thrift store and hot meals. Some toys or games may be given to kids. Continue with SVDP Omaha and Douglas County assistance programs.

 

 

 

Christian Outreach Program Elkhorn (COPE)
Location is 832 North State Street
Elkhorn, Nebraska 68022
They only cover Elkhorn, Bennington, and Waterloo, and the main low income program is the free food pantry. There may be Easter, Thanksgiving, or Christmas meal or food baskets.  Maybe children can get small stocking stuffers. Phone - (402) 289-1104

By Jon McNamara

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