San Francisco County free Christmas and holiday assistance.

Organizations across San Francisco County provide help to the less fortunate during the holiday. Some of the agencies are very targeted in who they assist with toys or meals, such as domestic violence survivors. Others are more wide ranging and children from low income households could get a free Christmas gift or toy, and families may be provided a hot meal.

Due to the result of volunteers and donations from the community, there are normally tens of thousands of children that are given a toy or piece of clothing. Senior citizens and the homebound in the city are often given a free hot meal at Christmas or even Thanksgiving. Another highly sought after program are the Christmas toy giveaways drives for children.

Whether it is an adopt a family service, or just some companionship, the bottom line is that the San Francisco County based charities go a long way to meeting the demand during this time of the year.

Curry Senior Center
Location is 333 Turk Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
For information, call 415-885-2274
Assistance is for senior citizens in the Tenderloin and South of Market Districts. The are bilingual services available. Meals, Thanksgiving and Christmas celebrations, food baskets, and more may be provided.

Arriba Juntos
Mailing address - 1850 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA, 94103
An annual Christmas toy give-away occurs. This is done in partnership with other charities and groups in San Francisco County. There may be free food, gifts, celebrations with Santa, music, and more.





United Way Of The Bay Area
They operate a referral service. Calls can get information on everything from Christmas toy and present donation services to meal sites and social services. They maintain a database with information for single parents, immigrants, the unemployed, and anyone that is struggling.

Samaritan House at Westside Church of Christ
Main address is 603 Monte Diablo Avenue
San Mateo, CA, 94401
Services are for the holidays only, and this charity could support the southern part of San Francisco.

330 Ellis Street
San Francisco, California 94102
Telephone number is 415.674.6000
Donations allow the charity to provide help at Christmas. There may be toys, clothes, and free gift cards. Also, during Thanksgiving, turkey meals may be provided. There may be holiday bags of food as well as small toys contained in them for children.

San Francisco Firefighters Toy Program
In some years, tens of thousands of gifts and toys are given to thousands of children from across the city. There is Christmas help for residents of the inner-city, single moms, homeless children, and others. Presents may have games, clothing, hygiene items, and much more. The child needs to live in the area and be under 12. Enrollment is done online, at the program website. Donations and volunteers are always needed. Dial the non-profit service at 211. Or application sites are:

  • No Limits Worship Center, 11 Raymond Ave, San Francisco, California, 94134, dial 415-912-8672
  • The City and County of SF/CPS,170 Otis Street, 6th Floor, San Francisco, California, 94103, main phone 510-472-3257
  • Huntersview Family Center at 1101 fairfax ave provide toys, games and more for free. Dial 415-724-5226
  • Mission Neighborhood Health Center also runs toys for tots. Address is 240 Shotwell Street, San Francisco, California, 94110. Call 510-705-3940
  • Peninsula Family Service (Haven Child Development Center), call 650-518-1627





Salvation Army
There are several centers in the city and across San Francisco County. They administer assistance programs and social services year round, but they also provide season help at Thanksgiving and Christmas. This ranges from meals to Angel Tree/Adopt a Family toy programs. There are gifts for children, home delivered meals to the elderly, and other support. Several centers are in the community, and locate help from San Francisco Salvation Army.

The Edgewood Center
Address is 1801 Vicente Street
San Francisco, CA
There is assistance for abused children or families as well as people with a mental illness.

Toys for Tots from The San Francisco regional United States Marine Corps
New toys may be disbursed to qualified registrants. The enrollment process in San Francisco County is on their main site.

Bay Area Community Resource has 2 sites in the county, both of which participate in the Toys for Tots program. There will be games, books, free toys, educational supplies and more for kids (both boys and girls) from qualified low income families.

  • 1035 Gilman Ave, San Francisco, California, 94124. Call 415-928-9760
  • 423 Burrows St., San Francisco, California, 94134. Dial the charity at 415-810-7296

YMCA of San Francisco - OMI Family Resource Center
156 Broad Street
San Francisco, California, 94112
Dial 415-406-1370
Meals, food, groceries, stocking stuffers, and other goods may be given out at the holidays. They also support single mothers in the city and county of SF.

Church of the Visitacion
Main address is 655 Sunnydale Ave
San Francisco, California, 94134
Call 415-494-5517
The homeless, poor, and low income as well as senior citizens can get holiday help, including Thanksgiving or Christmas meals. Children can apply for new, unwrapped presents from the free Toys for Tots service.




Church of God
2754 24th st
San Francisco, California, 94110
Phone: 760-574-1776
The faith based church participates in the Toys for Tots assistance program.

Pacific Islander Youth Alliance
Location is 2055 Sunnydale Ave
San Francisco County, California, 94134
Main number is 415-499-2139
Asian Americans can get help at Christmas as well as others. There may be gifts (including culturally sensitive) for the diverse San Francisco population, including Chinese, Vietnamese, Koreans, and others.


By Jon McNamara

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