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Orange, Dutchess, and Rockland County free holiday assistance programs.

The Rockland, Orange, and Dutchess County regions have several holiday assistance programs available. There is either Christmas and/or Thanksgiving help available at a number of places, as well as free Toys for Tots. Churches may serve free hot meals, food pantries may provide a box of groceries for the holidays, and Adopt a family and Angel Tree programs disburse free Christmas toys, games, and gifts.

Each of the charities or non-profits listed below focuses on just the county or town in question. Low income families that are applying to a free holiday assistance programs need to call on an organization near where they live, whether it is Dutchess, Rockland, or Orange County. What may be provided by each agency will differ too, and may be toys for kids, Christmas gifts, boxes of food, or other appropriate holiday gifts. Or additional Dutchess County holiday assistance is also available

Toys for Tots Distribution Sites
All of these are part of the national, Marine Corps organized Toys for Tots programs. New, unwrapped gifts (that are donated and packed by volunteers) are given to kids for Christmas.

  • Wappingers Falls United Methodist Church, 9 S. Mesier Ave, Wappingers Falls, New York, 12590, dial 845-297-3208
  • Access Support for Living of Orange County is at 16-24 Union Street, Middletown, New York, 10940, phone 845-637-4571
  • Boys & Girls Club Of Newburgh is at 285 Liberty St., Newburgh, New York, 12550. Main phone 845-561-4936
  • Street Rock Ministries. Address - 60 DuBois, Newburgh, New York, 12550, call 845-764-6502.
  • Youth Empowerment Inc, Inc is at P O Box 1755, Newburgh, New York, 12551, main phone 914-830-1905
  • Warwick Community Kitchen. Address is 20 Schoolhouse Road, Pine Island, New York, 10969, dial 845-283-3956
  • United Way of Sullivan County. Address is 33 Lakewood Avenue, Monticello, New York, 12701. To reach this Sullivan County agency, dial 845-794-1771.




Community-Based Services
The location is 126 East Main Street
Pawling, NY, 12564
Main phone: 845-855-3459
There are three main services. The non-profit runs a free adopt-a-family program. It gives out free winter coats, gifts at Christmas, and more. There is also a Christmas and Thanksgiving food basket service.

Salvation Army Centers
There are several around the region, including in Rockland and Orange Counties. Each of them will focus on their own town/city. The application periods usually open in November or October, and are limited. The free Christmas programs (including Angel tree) often give out gifts, toys, games, books, and much more. Many also have soup kitchens for meals.

  • 372 Main Street, Beacon, New York, 12508, main number is 845-831-1253
  • Another Angel Tree program is at 19 Pershing Avenue, Poughkeepsie, NY, 12603. Main phone number is 845-471-1210.
  • 372 Main Street, Beacon, NY, 12508. Call at least one month before Thanksgiving or Christmas for help. Main number is 845-831-1253.
  • Adopt a Child service is run from 80 West Main Street, Middletown, NY, 10940. Main phone 845-343-0821.
  • Another site is at 234 Van Ness Street, Newburgh, NY, 12550. Telephone number 845-562-0413.
    99 Ball Street, Port Jervis, New York, 12771, Call 845-856-3214

Potter House
Main address is 54 Noxon Street
Poughkeepsie, New York, 12601
Call 845-452-7484
Both Thanksgiving turkey and Christmas food baskets are provided. There will be toys, games, gifts, and other items. The kids (and their parents) need to between the ages of 5 and 16.

Halina Share Memorial Food Closet
Main address: 3454 Pleasant Ridge Road
Wingdale, NY, 12594
Thanksgiving program number is 845-877-6168. During Christmas dial 845-832-6287.





Saint Columba Roman Catholic Church
Main address is 835 Route 82
Hopewell Junction, New York, 12533
The charity is part of Saint Vincent de Paul. Seniors, the disabled, and single moms all get help.

Astor Services For Children And Families
6339 Mill Street
Rhinebeck, NY, 12572
Dial 845-871-1000
A donation service is run. Then wrapped toys are given to qualified low income families. The free Christmas gift program is both gender and age specific.

Saint Paul's Episcopal Church, Small Blessings Thrift Shop
161 Mansion Street
Poughkeepsie, NY, 12601

Saint Paul's Roman Catholic Church
The location is 365 Kings Highway
Valley Cottage, NY, 10989
Main phone: 845-268-4464
During the holidays (Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas) there will be assistance given out. Supplies may be canned juice, potatoes, turkey, stuffing mix, soup, macaroni, cereal, pasta, bread and cheese and spaghetti. Much more may be served at no cost as well.

Sloatsburg United Methodist Church
Location is 93 Orange Turnpike
Sloatsburg, NY, 10974
Call 845-753-2059

Grace Episcopal Church - Orange County
The main address is 12 Depot Street
Middletown, NY, 10940
Children can get one Christmas toy for free. This is in addition to hot meals for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Clothing is also available for kids, seniors, and the poor.

Monroe United Methodist Church
Main address is 47 Maple Avenue East
Monroe, New York, 10950
Holiday food baskets at Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter are offered. The Thrift store also sells low cost items, both year round and at Christmas.


By Jon McNamara

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