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Riverside County free Christmas and holiday assistance.

Struggling families from Riverside County can receive free holiday assistance, including Christmas toys or meals as well as Thanksgiving turkey dinners, for their children. Other programs are focused on helping senior citizens and the disabled. While resources are limited, find charities and non-profits that are committed to assisting the less fortunate and the poor with free Christmas toys, holiday food boxes, presents, gift cards and more. The main programs in Riverside County include free Toys for Tots, Angel Tree, Adopt a Family, as well as several other 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, clothes, 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.

Circle of Care Ministry
Address is 26090 Ynez Rd
Temecula, California 92590
Main phone number is (951) 973-3582
Programs for the low income, poor, disabled and struggling in Riverside County include a food pantry and soup kitchen. There may be small Christmas toys or decorations, stocking stuffers, clothes and other goods. Thanksgiving turkey dinners and food boxes are offered too.

Water of Life Community Church
Address is 7625 East Ave
Fontana, CA 92336
(909) 463-0103
Christmas Store is a “client choice” center. This means qualified parents, including single moms, can “shop” for the exact toys, gifts, and clothes their kid(s) need for Christmas. Resources are limited and only some qualified families can benefit from the holiday program.

Lutheran Social Services of Southern California
4162 Rubidoux Ave
Riverside, CA 92506
For information, call (951) 689-7847
A multi-faced social service agency. Everything from housing to transportation help to free groceries, Easter, Thanksgiving, or Christmas programs, games, books, tablets and more is offered. Veterans, the elderly, teens, immigrants and other can use the non-profit.





Jurupa Valley Adopt a Family
6109 Camino Real
Jurupa Valley, CA 92509
Dial (951) 530-1693
They only support Jurupa Valley residents. Programs include Santa Express Routes / Adopt a Family as well as scholarships, educational games, free gift cards for toys, and more. Christmas and year round help is arranged for residents of the Jurupa Valley .

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, Legos, board or video games, sport goods and other toys. More information on how to apply in Riverside County is online. Apply here

Casa Blanca Home of Neighborly Service
7680 Casa Blanca St
Riverside, CA 92504
(951) 688-3043
They hold holiday parties, including at Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Free meals, holiday food boxes, Christmas tree decorations, games, and toys are offered that are gender specific. Everything from matchbox cars to dolls and similar goods.

Community Settlement Association
4366 Bermuda Ave
Riverside, California 92507
Telephone - (951) 686-6266

Church of God of Prophecy, Riverside (COGOP)
Primary address is 7442 Diamond St
Riverside, California 92504
Main phone - (951) 687-1001
A free food pantry may have meats, turkey, bread, and other items for holiday meals.

Heart Changing Deliverance Ministries
Location is 24210 Postal Ave
Moreno Valley, CA 92553
Phone: (442) 400-2489
The poor, homeless, migrant workers and others can get help.







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.

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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