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Free Christmas assistance programs in Placer and El Dorado County.

Applications for free Christmas toys, presents, and meals are available in Placer and El Dorado County for low income families. There is also assistance at the holiday for anyone facing an emergency, no matter their income, age, race or religion. Any child that needs a Christmas toy, a family that needs a box of food, or an individual seeking a free holiday meal may get help from Lake Tahoe as well as other agencies.

No matter which charity someone is applying at, the parents must provide some form of identification  for each child. This will be a school ID, birth certificate, or a copy of a social security number. The Christmas presents that are available are donated from the community. Kids from places such as Placer County may be given some or all of the following for free.

Games; electronics; shoes; dolls; trucks; games; shoes; tablets; gift cards and more. There are also meal boxes as well as holiday food at Thanksgiving as well as Christmas for poor and struggling families.

Boys & Girls Club in Kings Beach
8125 Steelhead Ave,
Kings Beach, CA 96143
Main phone number is (530) 546-4324

Another location is at Boys & Girls Club of Truckee
Address is 11911 Donner Pass Road
Truckee, California 96143
Main phone number - (530) 587-2650 ext. 26118
Any Spanish speaking families or children can apply at this non-profit center. Free Christmas toys and presents are also for migrant farm workers.





Christmas Cheer, Inc
1120 3rd Street
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
Main phone: (530) 542-4934
Many holiday and year round assistance programs are run. A pantry gives groceries, including Turkeys at Thanksgiving and Christmas. There are also dinner baskets passed out.

Rideout Recreation Center, Pineland
Main address: 740 Timberland Ln
Tahoe City, CA 96145
Phone: (530) 583-3440
This is a US Marine Corps toys for tots center.

Boys and Girls Club, Kings Beach
Location is 8125 Steelhead Ave, Kings Beach, CA 96143.
For applications, dial (530) 546-4324
Children as well as young teenagers can get assistance at Christmas. It supports Placer County. Toys for tots may have everything from new clothes to Christmas presents.

All of the locations below only serve students/families that live in the school district. Games, toys, presents, and other items are given out at the holidays in partnership with Toys for Tots. They may also hold Christmas and Thanksgiving dinners at the school.
Tahoe Lake Elementary, 375 Grove St, Tahoe City, California 96145, Call (530) 583-3010
North Tahoe Middle School, The address is 2945 Polaris Rd, Tahoe City, CA 96145. Call (530) 581-7050
North Tahoe High School - This location is 2945 Polaris Rd, Tahoe City, California 96145. Call them at (530) 581-7000
Kings Beach school - Address: 8125 Steelhead Ave, Kings Beach, CA 96143. Call (530) 546-2605

Community Toy Event
Location is 2748 Lake Tahoe Blvd
South Lake Tahoe, California 96150
Information line is 530.318.3874
A local toy and food drive for El Dorado County. It benefits children, kids, and the poor.




Auburn and Placer County Salvation Army
There are two centers. They include 286 Sutter Street, Auburn in California. Call the charity at 530-889-3990. Another site is at 510 High St., Auburn. The service center number is (530) 823-3546.
Both locations offer working poor and needy residents help at Christmas. There may also be financial aid, shelter, and more. The main resources range from toys from Angel Tree to meals delivered to the homebound, Christmas presents, and much more.


By Jon McNamara


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