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Portland Oregon area free Christmas and holiday assistance.

Whether it is a free meal or Christmas toy for a child, Portland Oregon area families have options available to them during the holidays. Donations from generous members in the community fund these various assistance programs. While the demand for everything from clothing to presents are very high, the goal is to help as many low income families as possible during the holiday time of the year.

The services are provided across the entire metropolitan area. This includes, but is not limited too, Multnomah, Clackamas, and Washington. There are charities in downtown Portland Oregon that offer help at Christmas, and some located in the outlying counties.

When applying for some type of holiday assistance program, the parent will need proof of income and residency. Some of the gifts passed out take place at toy give away events or meal services, so this means food may also be provided to the household. People who are shut-in in the Portland area can also request a holiday meal too, and volunteers may deliver it.

Seasonal services from Portland Salvation Army
There are usually multiple centers that offer Christmas dinners or presents for children. If a location is not running a program in a certain year, the client may be given a referral to another local non-profit in Multnomah County or another area that is available.
Gifts are for Children under the age of 12. Families will receive a box of food for Thanksgiving or Christmas. Not only will they try to have gifts for children, but other, long term support is arranged too.

The Gresham Center is at 473 SE 194th Ave. in Portland. Phone number is 503-661-8972.
Moore Street Community & Worship Center islocated at 5325 N. Williams Ave. in Portland Oregon. This programs's phone number is 503-493-3925.
Washington County Oregon is supported by the Salvation Army Christmas program at Tualatin Valley Citadel, 351 SE Oak St., Hillsboro, OR 97123. Call 503-640-4311.

Christmas Family Adoption Foundation
Donors may allow a family to receive a gift card. Other items range from clothing to toys and other goods. Referrals can be obtained from the number below. The referral number below can be used.

Union Gospel Mission
Main address is 3 NW 3rd Ave.
Portland, Oregon 97209
Main phone - (503) 274-4483
The charity offers meals at Thanksgiving. There may be scarves, hats, coffee, and more. Winter coats may be passed out at Christmas. Clients range from the homeless to Portland or Clackamas families in extreme poverty.





Toys Tots in Greater Portland Oregon
In past years, as many as 30,000 children in all regions of Portland were served. It is available in Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington County. Families can apply online for a toy for their young kid.

Portland Fire & Rescue’s (PF&R) Toy N Joy Makers
Over 30 different stations participate. They also partner with local counties and state governments. Volunteers collect items, such as toys and more, year round. The program is being run as a charitable (501(c)(3)) organization in the community.

Referrals for additional holiday programs
Families can call 866-698-6155 for resources. This is a free service and Portland Oregon area residents can learn about services in the entire region.

Lift Urban Portland
Address is 2701 NW Vaughn St #102
Portland, OR 97210
(503) 221-1224
A free Christmas dinner is served. The charity may also pass out hygiene items too, such as lotions, soap, coats, boots and more.

By Jon McNamara

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