San Diego free holiday and Christmas programs.
Families across San Diego County California can receive free Christmas assistance, including toys or gifts, from several non-profits, churches and charity organizations. While the main holiday program available is known as Toys for Tots, several other resources can provide gifts, clothing, meals, and other support. There is also Salvation Army Angel Tree, free Thanksgiving dinners in San Diego, as well as Adopt a Family Christmas help.
Most of the assistance is distributed around Christmas, however there are other programs also operate at both Easter and Thanksgiving. Children, infants, and teenagers from low income families are the primary targets of these programs, however seniors and others my benefit too. Free holiday meals, such as Turkeys and all of the toppings, may even be delivered around San Diego County as well.
To learn more on where to receive a free Christmas toy or gift for your child, call a center below. If a location is not near you or if you do not qualify, then they may provide referrals to other local resources in San Diego County.
Home for the Holidays
Financial assistance and other aid is offered to families around the Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas holidays. This is only for military members and it can also provide assistance so that they can be together for the holidays, including help for air travel and other transportation needs.
Address: 2300 Bancroft Drive
Spring Valley, California, 91977
Dial the agency at 619-303-7806
The non-profit offers free turkey, meals and other food distribution on a first come first serve basis to the needy and low income in San Diego County. Small gifts or toys may be passed out too.
Second Chances Bread of Life
4776 Saratoga Avenue
San Diego, California, 92107
Main number – 619-886-4275
A free Thanksgiving day meal is provided to all qualified individuals and families hosted by Second Chances/ Bread of Life.
Alpine Community Center
Location is 1830 Alpine Boulevard
Alpine, California, 91901
Call 619-445-7330 for intake
Volunteers and staff will offer a free, home delivered Thanksgiving dinner. It is an option for homebound senior citizens and other qualified adults in the Alpine region.
One of the primary Christmas programs in San Diego is Toys for Tots. It is offered by the Salvation Army in partnership with local non-profits, the Marine Corps, churches, and other charities. The program is available at several different locations, as indicated below. The sites tend to serve the immediate region around the office, but they may also provide referrals too. Free toys, gifts, food, and more may be distributed. The various locations of Toys for Tots are below.
3935 Lake Boulevard, Oceanside, California, 92056-4657, phone number is 760-631-8212
648 Third Avenue, Chula Vista, CA, 91911, call 619-422-7027
Salvation Army center at 3491 Adams Avenue, San Diego, CA, 92116, 619-235-1149. This site covers the city itself.
Cesar Chavez Community Center, 455 Sycamore Road, San Diego, California, 92173, main number 619-424-0464.
Toys for Tots is available at Chollas Lake Park Recreation Center. 6350 College Grove Drive, San Diego, CA, 92115. Call 619-527-7683.
City Heights Recreation Center, 4380 Landis Street, San Diego, California, 92105. Main number is 619-641-6125.
Dolores Magdaleno Memorial Recreation Center, 2902 Marcy Avenue, San Diego, CA, 92113, 619-235-1125.
Encanto Recreation Center, 6508 Wunderlin Avenue, San Diego, California, 92114, 619-527-3411.
Martin Luther King Recreation Center is located at 6401 Skyline Drive, San Diego, California, 92114. Main number - 619-527-3415.
Montgomery Waller Recreation Center, 3020 Coronado Avenue, San Diego, CA, 92154. Phone 619-424-0466.
Paradise Hill Recreation Center, 6610 Potomac Street, Recreational Center, San Diego, CA, 92139, 619-527-3419.
Morley Field-Municipal Gym, 2111 Pan American Plaza, San Diego, CA, 92101, 619-525-8264
2555 Dusk Drive, San Diego, CA, 92139, telephone 619-527-3458.
Salvation Army, Sierra Del Mar Division, Escondido Corp is located at 1301 Las Villas Way, Escondido, CA, 92026. Call 760-745-8616 for intake.
4170 Balboa Avenue, San Diego, CA, 92117, 858-483-1831
San Ysidro Recreation Center, 179 Diza Road, San Diego, CA, 92173. Phone 619-424-0472.
Stockton Recreation Center, 330 32nd Street, San Diego, California, 92102. 619-235-1163.
Willie Henderson Sports Complex runs the Toys for Tots program as well. They are located at 1035 South 45th Street, San Diego, CA, 92113. 619-527-3407.
Meals-On-Wheels, Coronado Hospital
250 Prospect Place
Coronado, California, 92118
Telephone - 619-522-3800
The agency runs the Home Delivered Meals program for the homebound, elderly and senior citizens.
Free Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas assistance is provided by local churches in San Diego County. The less fortunate, regardless of religion, immigrants (legal or not) and others can usually get help. Hot meals, toys or stocking stuffers for kids, money, Christmas gifts. clothes or food ingredients and more is provided. More on San Diego County churches.
Presbyterian Urban Ministries
2459 Market Street
San Diego, California, 92102
The charity offers emergency food and minor gifts, once a year at Christmas time. Other referrals and assistance may be provided too.
Salvation Army centers in San Diego
As noted, they are key partners in Toys for Tots. But they offer many other financial aid and holiday programs too. Many sites serve free Thanksgiving turkey dinners as well as meals to the low income, lonely, and immigrants. They also give out other Christmas gifts, toys, and even gift certificates too to everyone in need (as donations allow) and set up Angel Trees in the county. More on holiday assistance from San Diego Salvation Army.
Linda Vista Recreation Center
7064 Levant Street
San Diego, California, 92111. Main number is 858-573-1343
Free toys, gifts, clothing, and more may be passed out at Christmas to children, teenagers, and infants.
South Bay Recreation Center
1885 Coronado Avenue
San Diego, California, 92154
Catholic Charities Holiday Programs
Multiple churches in San Diego County help the poor, immigrants (documented or not) unemployed and others. They even have free ethnic holiday meals for Mexicans and immigrants. Everything from small Christmas gifts or toys to gift certificates for groceries, Thanksgiving food baskets, and more is offered. Children from teen to infant can get free games, books, Christmas toys, food and more. More on San Diego County Catholic Charities.
Operation Help a Hero - Military Members and Veterans in San Diego County
The military community is large in the region. Non-profits focus on spreading holiday joy to service members, their spouses, children, and veterans too. Free food baskets, games, books, Christmas toys for boys and girls, and more is offered from Operation Help a Hero. https://www.operationhelpahero.org/contact.html
Southcrest Recreation Center
4149 Newton Avenue
San Diego, California, 92113
Call the agency at 619-527-3413
Gifts, clothes, and toys may be passed out.