Philadelphia and regional free Christmas and Holiday assistance.

There are a number of non-profits and charities that offer free Christmas gifts, meals, food, and other holiday support. Agencies are located across Philadelphia and other nearby counties, including Bucks, Chester, Montgomery, and Delaware. Some of the primary beneficiaries include children, seniors, and low income and unemployed families.

The application period for these holiday assistance programs usually open up during the fall months and help people on a first come, first served basis. So apply early. The non-profits also have limited resources as they depend on donations and volunteers.

Some of the items most highly in demand include toys for children, gamles, gifts, and clothing, in particular winter items. Volunteers will often help serve food and meals, such as Turkeys, around Thanksgiving and Christmas time. Many centers will also deliver gifts or free, hot meals to the elderly, disabled, and homebound in the Philadelphia area.

Deacon's Pantry - Covenant Presbyterian Church
400 Lancaster Avenue
Malvern, Pennsylvania, 19355
Main phone number is (610) 648-0707
There is holiday assistance only for residents in the immediate community, as resources allow. Operates year round, including Thanksgiving and Christmas. The non-profit is a place where people can come for clothing, free food, a listening ear and other support to get them through a rough period in their lives, including the holidays. The on site pantry also operates special programs for Christmas, free School Supplies, and Thanksgiving meals and groceries too.

The Dear Santa Society
Address: 1614 Countryside Lane
Jeffersonville, Pennsylvania, 19403
Call (610) 630-3929
Offers Family Assistance at Christmas to low income families from the Philadelphia region, including Montgomery and Delaware County Pennsylvania.

 

 

 

 

Delaware Valley Children's Charity
228 W Gay St.
West Chester, PA, 19380
Call (610) 344-9311 for information
Administers an annual Holiday program that provides children and infants with food, new and warm clothing, toys, games, gifts, and more.

Lighthouse, Inc.
Location of the agency is 152 W. Lehigh Avenue
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19133
Call (215) 425-7800
The Beacon Food Share Program provides food to senior citizens and needy families. The non-profit also offers free holiday packages and organizes special events for the community.

Lord's Pantry of Downingtown
141 E Lancaster Ave
Downingtown, PA, 19335
The Adopt-a-Family program relies on donations and volunteers. It can provide free gifts, clothing, winter attire and more to children and entire low income families that cannot provide for themselves. Supports Chester County and Philadelphia.

Mattie N. Dixon Community Cupboard
Main address is 150 N Main St.
Ambler, PA, 19002
Dial the site at (215) 628-3002
Mostly food is offered at the holidays.

Missionary Sisters of Charity in Norristown
Address is 630 DeKalb St.
Norristown, Pennsylvania, 19401
Call (610) 278-9089
Provides free meals and food to people in the immediate area.

Pottstown Cluster of Religious Communities/Cluster Outreach Center
57 N Franklin St
Pottstown, PA, 19464
Main number is (610) 970-5995
Holiday assistance is offered from the charity, including infant formula, food, Turkeys, and holiday food baskets.

 

 

 

Toys for Tots - Martin Luther King (MLK) Association
The charity processes applications for this free toy program for the greater Philadelphia community. Other gifts may be winter clothing, gently used clothes, and other presents. There is also a Christmas dinner. Applications are done online, at their main website. The address is 3001 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104. For information on the program and applications in Philadelphia, dial 211.

St. Agnes Church - Day Room
233 West Gay Street
West Chester, PA, 19380
Call 610-692-2990
A Christmas Baskets service is offered.

The People's Pantry at Church Road
384 Lancaster Avenue
Malvern, PA, 19355
Call 610-648-0707 for information
A Christmas Baskets program is run. There will be free food, games, gifts, and seasonal clothing in sizes from baby to teenager to adult.

Lord's Pantry of Downingtown
141 E Lancaster Ave
Downingtown, PA, 19335
610-873-1149
An adopt a family program is run. Needy and low income households can get Christmas gifts. Dinners at Christmas and Thanksgiving may also be served.

Zion Mennonite Church - Table of Plenty - Soup Kitchen
149 Cherry Lane
Souderton, PA, 18964
Main phone: 215-723-3592
A soup kitchen serves hot meals. This includes Easter, Thanksgiving turkeys, and Christmas dinners. Anyone in need can stop in. Children are also usually given a free toy with their Christmas meal too.

 

 

 

 

The Open Line
452 Penn Street
Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, 18073
(215) 679-4112
They administer the Angel Tag Holiday Program. It provides clothing, personal gifts, toys, free clothing, and more is passed out to children.

Presbyterian Children's Village
Location is 452 South Roberts Road
Rosemont, PA, 19010
610-525-5400
For families in the area, there may be free gift cards, clothes, toys and household items. The program is known as Christmas Opportunities.

Oxford Area Neighborhood Services of Chester County
Main address: 35 N 3rd St.
Oxford, PA, 19363
Phone number is (610) 932-8557
Another location of the non-profit center is at 21 S 3rd St, Oxford, Pennsylvania, 19363, dial (610) 998-1868.

Philadelphia region (all counties) and West Chester Salvation Army
101 E Market St PO Box 689
West Chester, PA, 19380
(610) 696-8746
Numerous social services and assistance programs are administered, including many holiday resources. The Christmas assistance provides food and toys for children. The Angel Trees are also located across the region and all counties. There are multiple sites as well for Adopt a Family and other programs.

  • Addresses are 121 Church Street, Phoenixville, PA, 19460, 610-933-2195
  • 701 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19123, phone 215-825-4601
    Other Salvation holiday assistance programs are also available in the 4 county area. Find more information on Salvation Army in Pennsylvania.

 

 

 

 

Family Service
Anyone from the community can donate and participate in the Holiday Adopting a family program. This is a great and worthwhile project for local businesses and office groups. It helps ensure children have a present to open on the holidays. It is operated from several locations in the region, including Bucks and surrounding counties.

  • 723 Wheatland St, Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, 19460
  • Oxford Neighborhood Services C 25 N Third St, Oxford, PA, 19363
  • Coatesville Center For Community, 1001 E Lincoln Hwy, Coatesville, PA, 19320
  • The Center 106 W State Rd, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, 19348
  • 310 N Matlack St, West Chester, PA, 19380

 

By Jon McNamara

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