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Free Christmas and holiday assistance programs San Bernardino County.

Families that are struggling in the San Bernardino area can get free during the Christmas and Thanksgiving holidays from churches or charities. There may be free Christmas toys, gifts, turkey dinners, clothes or holiday food baskets passed out. Other items can include gifts for children or home delivered meals to seniors in the region. Some of the centers may also offer free turkeys, with all the toppings, or meals during the Thanksgiving holiday as well.

The enrollment period for these free San Bernardino County programs, such as Toys for Tots, Adopt a Family or Angel Tree, will usually begin in the fall, and assistance is offered on a first come and served basis. Anyone from San Bernardino County that meets qualifications and that needs help during the holidays needs to be sure to sign up. There will often be proof of income and other criteria in place.

Children from the county take priority when it comes to the Christmas holiday. They may receive clothing, toys, games, books, or maybe even school supplies. While the resources are in fact limited, every year there are thousands of children from low income families that receive some type of support.

Victor Valley Rescue Mission
Address is 15572 7th St, Victorville, CA 92395. Program Phones - 760-955-5958
Meals and more are offered to the homeless and very low income. This program provides a Thanksgiving as well as Christmas dinner, clothing, books and toys for families in need.

San Bernardino Salvation Army
Social service center is at 2911 S E St, San Bernardino, CA 92401. Call (909) 384-1859
Numerous assistance programs are administered. There is a free clothing closet and food bank. Other holiday programs include Angel Tree and Adopt a Family. Get free Christmas toys or gifts, electronics, books, items for boy and girls and other items. Food, home delivered meals to the elderly, and toys for children are all offered, including immigrants and migrant workers. More on free holiday help San Bernardino Salvation Army.

Solomons Ujamaa Center
1505 W. Highland Ave., Ste. 10, San Bernardino, CA, 92411. Phone: 909-880-3200
Runs the Christmas Winter Wonderland program. May have referrals to other groups such as Catholic Charities.

 

 

 

Gonzales Community Center
Address is 660 Colton Ave, Colton, California, 92324. For information, dial 909-370-6153
Free Christmas baskets filled with small gifts, personal hygiene items, toys, food, canned goods, and more are passed out from the non-profit.

Social Services Centers
They are a leading social service agency for the region that offers applications to Christmas gift and toy programs. There is also Adopt A Family. It offers working poor families with children a small gifts and a visit with Santa. There may also be referrals to Christmas parties and meal programs in San Bernardino County. There are multiple locations as noted below. Call 909-370-6171

  • Hutton Community Center, 660 Colton Ave, Colton, CA, 92324
  • Luque Community Center - Location of the program - 292 E O Street, Colton, CA, 92324

Seventh Day Adventist Church - Valley Fellowship holiday party
1696 N G St, San Bernardino, CA 92405. Call 909-883-2400
Another regional charity. Gifts, toys, meals, referrals, and more is from volunteers and staff on site.

San Bernardino County Toys for Tots
The Marine Corps as well as charities participate. They provide free Christmas toys to children under the age of 13. There is assistance for non-English speakers, single parents, and the underemployed as well. For those that apply on time, they can be given toys (games, gifts, clothing, shoes, legos, video games, hot wheel cars, etc.) as well as other items. Applications are at many sites.

 

 

 

 

Blythe Emergency Food Pantry
181 S Main St, Blythe, CA, 92225. Call 760-922-8836 for details on the Christmas basket filled with free food and goods.

Pathway From Boys to Men
10533 Beech Ave, Fontana, California, 92337. Dial 909-838-5623 for details
Has free Christmas baskets.

Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino County
The address is 696 South Tippecanoe Avenue, San Bernardino, CA 92408. Call (909) 723-1500 or 909-723-1558.
They have free holiday programs. Adopt A Family will help working poor, unemployed, and struggling families in San Bernardino County get holiday food, Xmas presents, clothes and more. There may be educational games, arts and crafts and even emergency financial help.

Don Day Community Center
14501 Live Oak Ave, Fontana, CA, 92337. Call 909-349-6997
The non-profit helps during the holidays. Whether it is a free meal or food basket, gifts or stocking stuffers for children, or toys or clothes, programs are administered. Senior citizens and the homeless can also drop in to the center for Thanksgiving or Christmas meals.

Outreach Nation
Main address is 9375 Archibald Ave, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730. Telephone - 909-825-8080
Holds Christmas events. There may be free clothes, toys for the children, household products, meals, and a breakfast.

Santa Claus Inc.
San Bernardino, CA 92406. Phone: 909-885-0090
A charity program. Volunteers and donations allow children, teens and others to get holiday help. Many gifts go to children from single mother run homes or immigrants.

Mary's Mercy Center Inc
641 Roberds Ave N, San Bernardino, CA 92411. Phone: (909) 889-2558
Each year a Christmas giveaway, dinner, celebration is held. Hundreds of children, including immigrants and Spanish speakers in San Bernardino County, can be given a free hot meals, small gifts or free toys, a food basket, and other help. They work to spread Christmas joy.

Veterans Memorial Park
1259 E D St, Ontario, CA 91764. Dial 909-815-1005 or (909) 395-2000
Holiday items may include a backpacks stuffed with goodies, hot Christmas meal and a ball of choice for low income San Bernardino families.

Dorothy A. Quesada Community Center
1010 S Bon View Ave, Ontario, CA, 91761. Call 909-930-3344
Referrals, snacks, and more is available.

 

 

 

 

Assistance League of San Bernardino
Location is 580 W 6th St., San Bernardino, CA, 92410. Main number is 909-885-3085
Everything from free school supplies to Christmas help, gifts, clothes, books and more is offered. Students, children, teens from struggling households can get help.

Water of Life Community Church
Soup kitchen and food pantry is at 7625 East Ave., Fontana, CA 92336. Call (909) 463-0103
Only hot meals are offered, at Easter, Thanksgiving, or Christmas.

Samaritans Helping Hand
A social service agency for the less fortunate. During the holiday season, including Christmas, turkey dinners, food, small toys, or gift cards may be passed out. Free clothes, blankets for the homeless, referrals to financial aid and more is offered. More on Samaritans Helping Hand assistance programs.

Chino Fairgrounds
5410 Edison Ave, Chino, California, 91710. Main phone number is (909) 628-5282
Many easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas programs for Spanish speakers. Toys, free gift cards for Christmas, food, meals, gaucheries, and holiday joy.

A few other Christmas events and toy programs are offered. The charities, government organizations and churches below offer help. Christmas decorations, Thanksgiving turkey dinners, hams, games and other events (and assistance) is offered.

  • New Faith Ministry Church, 2171 Diamond Ave, Barstow, CA 92311. Call (760) 220-0719
  • Ministerios Rey de Gloria is based at 975 SE St, San Bernardino, CA 92408. Call (909) 800-0872
  • Spark of Love Toy Drive is at local fire stations in San Bernardino CA. Call 211
     

By Jon McNamara

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