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Free Christmas and holiday assistance Portland Oregon area.

Find free help at the holidays in the Portland Oregon region. Whether it is a free meal or gifts for low-income families, or Christmas toy for a child, struggling families have options available to them during the holidays. Donations from generous members in the community fund these various assistance programs. Find how to get free Christmas presents or gifts from Adopt a Family, Angel Tree or Toys for tots. Get food, free Christmas free and Thanksgiving meals in Multnomah, Clackamas, and Washington County OR below.

While the demand for everything from clothing to presents are very high, the goal is to help as many low income families, single moms and elderly people as possible during the holiday time of the year. The services are provided across the entire metropolitan area. Children get get free Christmas gifts, Legos, books, dolls, sporting equipment and more. There are charities in downtown Portland Oregon and the suburbs 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. There may also be free household items given for the holidays. People who are shut-in in the Portland OR area can also request a holiday meal too or items for their home, and volunteers may deliver it. Find other places for free household items.

Seasonal services from Portland Salvation Army
There are usually multiple centers that offer Christmas dinners or presents for children, including Angel Tree. 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 is located 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.

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 County families in extreme poverty.

 

 

 

Portland Fire & Rescue’s (PF&R) Toy N Joy Makers
Address is 5916 NE Going St, Portland, OR 97218. Call (503) 823-0922

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.

Catholic Charities of Oregon
Location is 2740 SE Powell Blvd, Portland, OR 97202. Call (503) 231-4866
A number of holiday programs are run, including for Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Get free Christmas gifts, meals, and food baskets. There are clothes, school supplies and housing. A major focus of the free Christmas gift giving programs are for women facing DV, immigrants, the elderly and unemployed. Get more information on assistance from Portland OR area Catholic Charities.

Metropolitan Family Service
The non-profit is at 1808 SE Belmont St, Portland, OR 97214. Call (503) 232-0007
They have multiple social services, including free Christmas toys for tots, children and youth. Get games, gifts, books, clothes, hot wheels care and more. There are also food baskets, or get free food baskets, turkeys and other stuff.

Human Resources Departments
Each one in the region, and all counties of Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington, provides free Christmas gift cards, decorations, and presents to very-low income families. Applicants need to be on cash aid (TANF), SNAP food stamps or other benefits.

  • Gresham City Human Resources Department - 1333 NW Eastman Pkwy, Gresham, OR 97030. Call (503) 618-2308
  • Clackamas County DHS is at 315 Beavercreek Rd, Oregon City, OR 97045. Dial (503) 657-2123
  • Multnomah Toys for Tots from DHS at 30 N Webster St Ste D, Portland, OR 97217. Phone - (971) 673-6900
  • Another site is at 221 Molalla Ave Ste 104, Oregon City, OR 97045. Phone - (971) 673-7600.

 

 

 

 

Latino Network
They have multiple sites. Free Thanksgiving and Christmas help for Spanish speakers, immigrants (documented or not), and others. Culture meals, applications for toys in Spanish and other support. Call (503) 283-6881. The offices are at:

  • The main network site is 410 NE 18th Ave Portland, Oregon 97232
  • Rockwood Office: 312 SE 165th Ave Portland, OR  97233
  • Another center is based for Washington County at 400 East Main Street, Suite 180, Hillsboro, OR 97123

Self Enhancement, Inc.
2205 NE Columbia Blvd., Portland, OR 97211. Call (503) 285-0493
Assistance is mult-faceted. Get help at the holidays (Thanksgiving, Easter or Christmas) as well as toys, gifts, games, and other goods. Or get school supplies, electronics.

Free Toys Tots in Greater Portland Oregon
Multiple charities and churches participate. Children age age 0 to 15 from low-income families can get free Xmas toys, gift cards, games (video or educational), clothes, sneakers and more. 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. 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 site below. Families can apply online for a toy for their young kid. Apply here. https://portland-or.toysfortots.org/local-coordinator-sites/lco-sites/default.aspx?nPageID=100&nPreviewInd=200&nRedirectInd=3.

Additional holiday programs
There are other charities and churches below. They help low-income families, the working poor and others apply for Toys for Tots. Or they help the elderly, disabled and homebound in Portland Oregon get free Christmas or Thanksgiving food baskets delivered, provide free stocking stuffers or decorations and other help as well.

  • Allen Temple CME Church is at  4236 NE 8th Ave, Portland, OR 97211. Call (503) 287-0261
  • Casa Ministries has many youth programs, ranging from free Christmas gifts to after school care, clothes, information on holiday gathers and other aid from 6550 SW Hall Blvd, Beaverton, OR 97008. Call (503) 208-1424
  • Mannahouse Church has a holiday assistance program known as Live Love NW at 9200 NE Fremont St Ste 96, Portland, OR 97220. Dial (503) 255-2224

 

 

 

 

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. Learn about free food pantries in Portland OR or soup kitchens that serve hot meals, free Christmas toy giveaway events and other programs.

Lift Urban Portland
Address is 735 SW 20th Pl Ste 250, Portland, OR 97205. Call (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.

 

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