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Rhode Island free Christmas and holiday assistance.

There are a number of charities or churches that provide free Christmas toys, gifts, food baskets and other help at Christmas as well as Thanksgiving. Assistance is given during key holidays, and the primary assistance programs for low income families include free Toys for Tots, the Salvation Army Angel Tree, Thanksgiving turkey meals, as well as Adopt a Family from various charities.

Many of the agencies are located in the Providence County area, but holiday assistance is available in all portions of the state. The programs range from free toys or gifts from Adopt a Family to several places to turn to for a free holiday meal, box of food or a gift card. There is also holiday meals on wheels for the elderly as well as the free USMC Toys for Tots program, which is also available from many Rhode Island agencies.

The primary organizations to register for are below. Each relies on donations from the public, so not every non-profit can offer a gift or food basket. But when the programs are fully funded, what a client may be able to obtain ranges from a toy or game for a child, a hot turkey meal during Thanksgiving, and Christmas food baskets. The application period starts early and any support is usually provided on a first come and served basis to income qualified families in Rhode Island.

Most of the organizations also focus on just residents of that town or city. Several just provide food or a meal as well. So there are many restrictions and some charities will not have enough resources to help all needy families at Christmas.

Rhode Island Center Assisting Those in Need
Mailing address is 2075 Matunuck Schoolhouse Road
Charlestown, Rhode Island 02813
Main phone number is (401) 364-9412
A Christmas gift program is available at the charity. There is a soup kitchen and pantry that is administered. There may be hygiene items, some small holiday toys at the proper time of year, and other support. They also have a Santa's Workshop service as well as Second Cents Consignment Store.




Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center
20 Marcus Wheatland Boulevard
Newport, Rhode Island 02840
(401) 846-4828
There is a free Thanksgiving and December holiday food basket program to families in need.

Mailing address is 281 County Road
Barrington, Rhode Island 02806
Phone - (401) 247-1444
Volunteers can give referrals to holiday programs across Rhode Island. All of the information is free and confidential.

DaVinci Center for Community Progress
470 Charles Street
Providence, RI 02904
Telephone - (401) 272-7474

Saint Peter's by the Sea
72 Central Street
Narragansett, Rhode Island 02882
Call (401) 783-4623
The charity serves Narragansett only. The Adopt-a-Family program collects clothes, toys, Christmas stocking, and other presents.





Main Salvation Army Corp Center
Address - 386 Broad Street
Providence, RI 02907
(401) 831-1119
This is the main office in Providence County. But there are other sites in the county. Whether it is information on a job program, or toys or gifts at Christmas, assistance is available. There are also free Thanksgiving turkey dinners, Angel Tree for Christmas gifts and others. A meals on wheels service may also bring food and companionship to shut ins or seniors at Christmas. Find other free holiday programs from Providence Salvation Army.

There are other locations too. They may give out resources from Adopt a Family or Angel Tree. There are free gift cards, Christmas presents, games, dolls or trucks, tablets and so much more. Free Thanksgiving turkey dinners are offered too.

  • Salvation Army Pawtucket, Location is 102 High Street, Pawtucket, RI 02860, Dial (401) 723-9533 for intake.. Many social services are run. They include Christmas gifts, toys, and clothing for children. Other programs may help with bills, rent, medications, and much more.
  • The Newport Corps of Salvation Army has a main address is 51 Memorial Boulevard, Newport, Rhode Island 02840. Call (401) 846-3234. Volunteer opportunities range from Angel Tree for gifts to Christmas, Thanksgiving, and Easter food baskets. The goal is to help low income as well as senior citizens or the disabled. They cover all of Newport County.

Holy Name of Jesus Church SVDP
99 Camp Street
Providence, RI 02906
Dial (401) 277-9053

Our Lady of Good Help Church
1063 Victory Highway
Mapleville, RI 02839
Telephone number is (401) 568-5272
A holiday gift and toy service is available.

Providence Rescue Mission
627 Cranston Street
Providence, Rhode Island 02907
(401) 274-8861
Special programs are held during the holidays. There are hundreds of Thanksgiving food boxes normally passed out with turkeys and more. Children and their parents can sign up for a present from the Christmas Toy Ministry.

Catholic Charity churches
Several operate in Rhode Island. They help low income families, single moms or dads, immigrants and others. Assistance programs range from free Easter, Thanksgiving or Christmas food baskets to hot meals, gift cards for Christmas, clothes and financial aid.  They are a leading, volunteer driven charity in the state. More on Rhode Island Catholic Charities assistance programs.





Town of Cumberland
Address is 45 Broad Street
Cumberland, RI 02864
Main phone - (401) 728-2400
Of course they only support town residents. The season program has free Thanksgiving, Christmas toys, baskets and gifts.

United Congregational Church - Little Compton Assistance Association
Little Compton, Rhode Island 02837
Call (401) 635-8472 for information.

Toys for Tots in Providence and across Rhode Island
This is a partnership of the United States Marine Corps, volunteers, and countless charities. Children from low income families or those in poverty can get free Christmas gifts, presents, Legos, video games, clothes and other items. This may be clothes, shoes, winter gear, games, books and more during the holidays. Find more details

Salvatore Mancini Resource and Activity Center
2 Atlantic Boulevard
North Providence, Rhode Island 02911
(401) 231-0742
Meals at Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter may be served.

Town of North Kingston
Location is 80 Boston Neck Road
North Kingstown, RI 02852
(401) 268-1501
Low income families from the town and those in a financial crisis can call to apply for holiday assistance.







Saint Mark Church Outreach
Address - 60 Narragansett Avenue
Jamestown, RI 02835
(401) 423-1421
A thrift store/clothing closet may have low cost toys. Winter attire, items such as bikes, and other items for children may be offered.

Saint Patrick's Church -Mary House Ministry
Main address is 244 Smith Street
Providence, RI 02908
(401) 274-6286
The church as free holiday dinners and presents for the working poor or unemployed from the annual Christmas Bazaar.

Community Action Program
There are a few. The non-profits offer referrals. Residents of Providence or counties such as Kent can learn about everything from heating bill help to Adopt a Family toy programs. They also help parents, including single moms, access services for their children.

  • East Bay - Main Office is at 100 Bullocks Point Avenue, Riverside, Rhode Island 02915.
  • CCAP is at 311 Doric Avenue, Cranston, Rhode Island 02910. Dial (401) 467-9610.
  • Tri-Town Community Action Agency has an address of 1126 Hartford Avenue, Johnston, RI 02919. Dial (401) 351-2750.

Community Care Alliance
245 Main Street
Woonsocket, RI 02895
Dial (401) 766-0900

Bristol Good Neighbors
Main address - 55 Turner Avenue
Riverside, RI 02915
A food pantry and soup kitchen may have hot holiday meals.

Saint Paul's Nursery School
55 Main Street
North Kingstown, Rhode Island 02852
Phone number is (401) 295-7320
They have free Thanksgiving baskets for only families that live in North Kingstown.

Open Table of Christ
Clothing and food bank address 1520 Broad St
Providence, Rhode Island 02905
Call (401) 941-2212
A multi-faceted church/charity. There may be free Christmas gifts, hot meals (Easter, Thanksgiving or Christmas), clothing, and more. Kids may be given free holiday gifts, single moms or minorities free presents, books and more.





Interfaith Counseling Center
Main address is 99 Peirce St
East Greenwich, RI 02818
Phone number - (401)461-5234
A free food pantry is on site. Groceries, ingredients, free boxes of food, and maybe small toys are offered to qualified low income families.

Exeter Community Food Bank
305 Ten Rod Road - Exeter Fire Co. #1
Exeter, RI 02822
Dial (401) 294-3176
A program is run for Washington County families.


By Jon McNamara

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