Sacramento County free holiday and Christmas assistance.

Christmas, Thanksgiving, and holiday programs in Sacramento County are available each and every year for lower income families. There are a few ways to either get a free toy or meal, and the leading agencies are noted below, including those that offer Toys for Tots. Even if a charity program does not have a gift available for a child, they often give referrals.

The number of agencies that offer help at Christmas in the Sacramento region is limited. Most of the assistance is available either from services including Toys for Tots and/or the Angel Tree. However the availability of meals as well as food baskets, including at Thanksgiving as well as Christmas, is much greater. Due to demand and the limited amount of Christmas gifts available to pass out, it is recommended to apply early for help.

The holiday programs in Sacramento County also coordinate among themselves. So a family, senior citizen, or single parent can't get food or a free toy from multiple sources. They can only get assistance from one agency at a time.

The Salvation Army Angel Tree
Location is 213 Orange Grove Avenue, North Highlands, CA 95660
2550 Alhambra Boulevard, Sacramento, California 95817
Phone: 916-669-2302 (Dial Option 1)
The non-profit will provide free toys and Christmas gifts to children under the age of 12. Food baskets are also available in Sacramento County, and those can be provided to both single households or families with children as well. Senior citizens can also get a meal or small gift. More on Sacramento Salvation Army assistance programs.

There are also Thanksgiving meals served by the non-profit. This includes a turkey and the toppings. They are generally served on Thanksgiving day to the public, and anyone in need can benefit. It is often a good time to register for the free Angel Tree program in Sacramento County.





Adopt a Family
There are a few other churches and charities that offer Christmas help. Many of them partner with the Salvation Army. But these groups may also have gifts, clothing, toys, and other items for children from households living in poverty.

  • Saint Marks United Methodist Church, 2391 Saint Marks Way, Sacramento, California 95864. Phone (916) 483-7848.
  • The Salvation Army Korean Corps also runs Angel Tree from 10370 Old Placerville Road, Suite 107, Sacramento, CA 95827.

Sacramento County Sheriff's Department Toy Project
This program is not for residents of the city, but only for the unincorporated areas of the county. Toys and Christmas gifts are available as the result of donations from non-profit agencies, peace officers, volunteers, and local businesses. Toys are given out first come and served to those that qualify. Dial 916-361-4571.

Sacramento USMC Marine Toys for Tots Foundation
New toys are given to children and teenagers under the age of 14. The Christmas gifts will be new and unwrapped. Dolls, games, shoes, books, and other presents may be given out. Apply at

Union Gospel Mission Sacramento - UGM SAC
Main address - 400 Bannon St.
Sacramento, California 95811
Phone: (916) 447-3268
The charity only has food and meals. There are Thanksgiving, Easter, and Christmas basket programs. The food is for seniors, the working poor, and homeless among others.

Loaves & Fishes
1351 N C St
Sacramento, CA 95811
Phone: (916) 446-0874
Meals are served at the holidays. There may be referrals to some gift-giving services.

TLC Soup Kitchen
Main address - 3525 Norwood Avenue
Sacramento, CA, 95838
For information, dial 916-745-5154
Free Thanksgiving meals are served. There may also be some small prizes/gifts given out.




Saint Ignatius Loyola Parish
3235 Arden Way
Sacramento, California, 95825
Holiday assistance includes Thanksgiving meals, food baskets, and more. Volunteers may be able to provide some minimal Christmas help too.

Stanford Settlement Neighborhood Center
Main address is 450 West El Camino Avenue
Sacramento, CA 95833
The only zip codes are 95833, 95834, 95815, 95835, as well as 95838. The charity helps seniors, low income families and individuals. There are free gifts for kids under the age of 15 as well as holiday food or groceries. Call 916-927-1303.

Twin Lakes Food Bank
Christmas baskets are only for residents of Granite Bay, Folsom, and El Dorado Hills. Dial 916-985-6232 for more information or intake.

Neil Orchard Senior Activities Center - Cordova Recreation & Park District
Address is 3480 Routier Rd
Sacramento, California 95827
Senior citizens, no matter their income, can be given a free holiday meal with their peers.



By Jon McNamara

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