Riverside County free Christmas and holiday assistance.

Struggling families from Riverside County can receive free holiday assistance, including Christmas toys or meals and turkey dinners, for their children. Other programs are focused on helping senior citizens and the disabled. While resources are limited, charities and non-profits, as well as the volunteers that staff many of these agencies, are committed to assisting the less fortunate and the poor. The main programs in Riverside county include free Toys for Tots, Angel Tree, adopt a family, and several Christmas and Thanksgiving charitable resources.

The non-profits rely on donations and contributions from the general public and local businesses. Qualified families and their children may receive free toys, gifts, meals, and groceries. Some centers and programs may allow clients to “shop” for exactly what they need and other locations will distribute the items directly to the needy.

The main focus of these Riverside groups is always on the children, and the agencies want to ensure children from low income families have some toys and gifts to open on Christmas morning. The enrollment periods usually take place during the fall through November and aid is offered on a first come, first served basis. So apply early.

Arlington Temporary Services
9000 Arlington Avenue, Suite 112
Riverside, California, 92503
Dial the main office at 951-689-5620
Thanksgiving and Christmas food/gift baskets, clothing, baby items, and more holiday support.

Catholic Charities of Riverside, Moreno Valley, and Palm Desert region
The charity has several offices in the region and they cover the areas indicated above and more. Special holiday meals, food, free gifts, and other programs are offered. Call them for details on these and other resources.





Community Settlement Association
4366 Bermuda Avenue
Riverside, CA, 92507
Main number is 951-686-6266
the non-profit agency offers free Christmas Food Baskets and Toys for low-income and unemployed residents of Riverside County.

Casa Blanca Home of Neighborly Service
Office address is 7680 Casa Blanca Street
Riverside, California, 92504
Provides Thanksgiving, Easter, and Christmas food and gift Baskets to low income families in the Casa Blanca region of Riverside.





Community Assistance Program of Moreno Valley
24594 Sunnymead Boulevard, Suite W
Moreno Valley, CA, 92553
Dial the center at 951-485-7792

Salvation Army of Riverside County and the Sierra del Mar Division
340 South Palm Avenue
Hemet, CA, 92543
Dial (951) 791-9497 x100
Several locations are in the Moreno Valley, Hemet and Riverside region. They distribute toys, games, Christmas Baskets and more to lower income and needy families with children ages 12 and under. Find more details on free holiday assistance from Riverside Salvation Army.

Survival Ministries
Location is 23100 Betty Road
Perris, CA, 92570
Dial 951-657-8810
The disabled and other struggling families can receive food, meals, food, and hopefully are able to experience the holidays and Christmas season.

Coachella Valley Rescue Mission
Min address: 47518 Van Buren Street
Indio, CA, 92201
760- 347-3512
Serves dinners at Thanksgiving and Christmas, including Turkeys and all of the toppings. Low income residents, the homeless and poor may all qualify.

Casa Blanca Home of Neighborly Service
7680 Casa Blanca Street
Riverside, CA, 92504
Main number is 951-688-3043

Carol's Kitchen
789 North San Gorgonio Avenue
Banning, CA, 92220
Serves low cost (or free) congregate meals to individuals and families in need. Clothing around the Christmas season is available to low income families. Those that are struggling may receive Christmas, Thanksgiving, New Years and Easter Meals.




St. Martha's Thrift Store and Community Food Pantry of Murrieta
38444 Sky Canyon Drive, Unit 190
Murrieta, CA, 92563
Assistance programs can distribute nourishing food and groceries to residents of Murrieta whose resources are limited. Any applicant needs to be unable to provide adequately for themselves and their families. Hundreds of food baskets may be passed out at Thanksgiving and Easter.

Spark of Live
This is a free Christmas toy drive and giveaway event. Volunteers and businesses donate clothes, games, electronics, dolls, trucks, and more. The Christmas toys are given to qualified families in need, immigrants and migrant workers, and parents too. Dial 211.

Menifee Valley Community Cupboard
26808 Cherry Hill Boulevard
Menifee, CA, 92586
A home delivery program may be able to provide free food and meals, including Christmas and Thanksgiving, to low income families, individuals, the elderly and senior citizens.

Free Christmas Gifts from Toys for Tots
Children under the age of 13 can apply for this holiday program. Working poor families can be provided gifts for their child, provided they apply on time and meet qualifications. There are new, unwrapped items such as books, games, trucks or dolls, and other toys. More information on how to apply in Riverside County is online, and one non-profit is The Perris Family Resource Center is at 2055 South Perris Boulevard C1, Perris, California 92571. Call 951-443-1158.





Jordan Outreach Ministries International
50930 Calhoun Street
Coachella, California, 92236
Call 760-398-3352 for information.
Supplies and goods such as clothing, food, baby products and more. Many items are delivered as a form of assistance during Halloween, Easter and Christmas.


By Jon McNamara

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