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Orange County California free holiday and Christmas assistance.

Christmas and other holiday assistance is available from some charities as well as non-profits in Orange County California. The programs they run, including passing out free presents or food, depend on donations from the community and also on many volunteers, so resources are limited. However, when possible, low income Orange County families may receive free toys, Christmas gifts, clothing, and other holiday aid.

Children from the community may receive a gift so they have a present to open Christmas morning. Low income or the homeless can also get free hot meals, food, or groceries or sign up for the local Toys for Tots program. The assistance is also available for immigrants as well as Spanish speakers. The bottom line is that a number of resources are made available both at Christmas as well as Thanksgiving to the less fortunate and poor in the community. Some of the leading non-profits to try for help, or referrals, or listed below.

Saint Joachim Catholic Church
Nevin Hall, 1964 Orange Avenue
Costa Mesa, CA, 92627
Charity phone number is 949-574-7400.
The charity and its partners provides a traditional Thanksgiving meal to the needy. They may also have referrals or information on other holiday or Christmas programs that operate in Orange County.

Mariners Church
5001 Newport Coast Drive
Irvine, California, 92603
Telephone - 949-769-8100
This is a local Christian Church that provides support services and a holiday meal. This include Thanksgiving and others. Children may receive a small, free toy or gift too. Or maybe an article of clothing. Low income families, the homeless, and poor are priority.





The location also provides a free Thanksgiving dinner to those in need. Activities and crafts will be available for children from low income families as well. Note, there is not a Christmas dinner at this particular Mariners church.

Crime Survivors, Inc.
PO Box 54552
Irvine, CA, 92619
Runs a program known as Elf's Holly Day. An alternate name of the program is Gift Baskets and Holiday Party. The only aid offered is for crime victims, survivors and their families. The non-profit may offer gift baskets and a holiday event.

Friendly Center, Inc.
147 West Rose Avenue
Orange, CA, 92867
Call 714-771-5300 for details.
The location offers free Christmas Food Baskets and Toys. Assistance is for unaccompanied adults, families with young children, senior citizens. The site may also have toys, holiday presents, and more for low income families with children.

Mary's Kitchen
517 West Struck Avenue
Orange, CA, 92867
Dial 714-633-0444
Offers a free hot meal on Christmas and Thanksgiving to anyone in need.

Someone Cares Soup Kitchen
720 West Nineteenth Street
Costa Mesa, CA, 92627
The site provides a hot, free Christmas meal to Costa Mesa residents. This can include a turkey, ham, and all the toppings. In addition, it provides free toys and Santa Claus appearance to Costa Mesa residents and young children.





Costa Mesa Community Center
1845 Park Avenue
Costa Mesa, CA, 92627
This location also holds holiday and Christmas events. It can be free food, groceries, toys, and holiday events. Many young children and infants benefit.

The Salvation Army Southern California and Orange County
1515 West North Street
Anaheim, California, 92801
Dial 714-783-2344
This is one location. There are several more in the region. The center provides Christmas food vouchers and gifts to families with children. Programs include Angel Tree and Adopt a Family for Orange County families. Additional social and family services may be offered. They offer free Christmas gifts, books, games, and even Thanksgiving turkey dinners. Locate other Salvation Army holiday programs in Orange County.

Churches from Saint Vincent
1505 E. 17TH Street Ste 109
Santa Ana, CA 92705
Call (714)542-0448
They partner with area non-profits on the Toys for Tots program, which may have free presents and gifts for children from low income families in Orange County. This Christmas program relies on items donated from the public. Call the St. Vincent charity, or apply online at

Garden Grove 7th Day Adventist
Community Service Center, 12702 Ninth Street
Garden Grove, CA, 92840
Telephone -  714-534-4376
The non-profit only provides services to the immediate community of Garden Grove and some surrounding areas. They have offer food, free clothing and hygiene supplies at Thanksgiving and Christmas.

American Family Housing
8200 Westminster Boulevard
Westminster, CA
Call the location at 714-897-3221
The charity organization provides a community Thanksgiving dinner.

Coast to Coast Foundation
Dial 714-388-6874
Children under the age of 16 can enroll into a holiday adopt-a-family service. Businesses and volunteers from Orange County provide toys, games, and other Christmas gifts to the needy.




Family Outreach
Address is 12682 Morningside Avenue, Unit 5
Garden Grove, California, 92843
Dial 714-234-0230
An Adopt-a-Family program is for kids under the age of 13. The parents, including single moms, may be given Christmas trees or food as well. Everything from games to electronics, clothing, or toys may be passed out. There are other free Christmas tree programs available for the working poor as well.

Anaheim Indoor Marketplace
A once per year toy drive gives free items to the first people that attend the Orange county event. The days and hours of distribution vary. Coupons are required. More information is online.

By Jon McNamara

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