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San Joaquin County free holiday and Christmas assistance programs.

Free toys as well as Christmas or Thanksgiving meals may be provided to low-income San Joaquin County families. Assistance programs range from Toys for Tots to Angel Tree or Adopt a Family in cities including Stockton or Tracy CA. Non-profit agencies as well as churches and charities try to help seniors, children, single moms and low to moderate income households receive some type of free Christmas gift or holiday food basket.

In order to receive a gift, the process is often very simple. However there tends to be early application process and the demand for assistance during the Christmas season is very high. Applicants will need to be sure to have proof of income, their hardship, and apply for a toy or food basket early, before the programs end.

Two of the largest holiday programs in the Stockton area include Operation Dreamkeeper as well as Toys for Tots. There are Legos, video games, clothes, sneakers, bicycles, books, dolls, gift cards and more. Those, as well as the others, offer free stuff to young children, including immigrants and Spanish speakers or kids from single mother run homes. Senior citizens as well as working poor parents can often also get a Thanksgiving or Christmas meal and other support. There are other resources for single mothers, and find financial assistance programs for single moms.

Free Toys for Tots program San Joaquin County
This is for certain parts of San Joaquin County only. Clients need to live in Stockton, Lodi, Ripon, Tracy, Lathrop, Manteca, French Camp. The Marine Corps, partnering with churches and local businesses, collect items such as bikes, toys, dolls, trains, tablets, laptops and more for children. The goods are given to their parents or single moms that qualify so the child has a gift to open Christmas morning. Apply online at their website here

Good Samaritan Training Center
1331 E Fremont St, Stockton, California 95205. Call (209) 469-7098
Operation Dreamkeeper is the Christmas assistance program for children under the age of 11. There is also a holiday party with music, food, hot meals, small gifts, and stocking with goodies for the kid. It is for the less fortunate and homeless in the community.

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Stockton
In Modesto call (209) 529-3784. Catholic charities in Stockton dial (209) 444-5900, or Sonora call (209) 532-7632.
Churches offer food baskets, spiritual guidance, and financial aid. They try to ramp up the donation programs during Christmas, Easter, and Thanksgiving to both feed families living in poverty and provide small gifts, turkeys, and more. There is free holiday help for immigrants in San Joaquin County as well as women who facing DV.




Family Resource and Neighborhood Referral Center
Phone – 800-436-9997
Staff can direct San Joaquin County residents to various social services, soup kitchen, and holiday assistance programs too. Or seek financial aid, free clothes, or toys for kids at either Christmas or their birthday. Continue with Stockton Neighborhood Center holiday programs.

Emergency Food Bank
Location is 7 W Scotts Ave, Stockton, California 95203. Dial (209) 464-7369
The non-profit, and the volunteers that work there, pass out free Christmas dinner baskets to individuals and families in need of help.

Tracy California Families - A Brighter Christmas
Free Christmas help is only offered for residents of Tracy. Hundreds of families and children are supported each year. There are free toys, Christmas food boxes for the house, games, toys, books, and other items. Volunteers and stores donate to the assistance program. Call 209-833-3309.

Heavenly Hands Kitchen Outreach & Food Pantry
Address is 2080 E Fremont St, Stockton, CA 95205. Call (209) 407-8633
A free soup kitchen serves meals, including Thanksgiving turkeys or Christmas meals. Children may be given free Xmas toys. Or parents can get help too with basic needs, holiday groceries and other stuff.

Community Partnership For Families Of San Joaquin (CPFSJ)
Telephone: 209-444-5555
Only the first 100-200 kids or so may be given a free holiday gift. Otherwise referrals are given from the location at Dorothy L Jones Family Resource Center.

Salvation Army seasonal programs
Free Christmas gifts, meals, clothing and toys are given to children that qualify, including low income single moms. They also offer counseling, the Angel Tree as well as Adopt a Family program, financial aid, and more. Or get free Thanksgiving turkey dinners or meals. The focus is on households in Clements, Lodi, Thornton, Acampo and also Woodbridge. However other referrals may be given too. Or find other San Joaquin County free holiday assistance programs.

  • 622 N Sacramento St., Lodi, California 95240. Dial 209-367-9560
  • 1305 E Weber Ave, Stockton, CA 95205. Call (209) 948-8955





Address is 965 E Yosemite Ave, Manteca, CA 95336. Phone number is 209-825-9131
Free personal items, free Christmas or birthday toys, games, clothes and more items are offered. They help women, immigrants, children, and the vulnerable.

Oasis Church
Location is 4950 Claremont Ave, Stockton, CA 95207. Call (209) 475-1177
They have a small holiday giveaway. It is generally for Thanksgiving or Christmas food baskets. But kids may get small Christmas stockings with candies and other goodies.

Jesus Saves Ministries Inc
Food pantry and soup kitchen is 438 S Sutter St, Stockton, CA 95203. Phone: (209) 463-4979
The low income can get free Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas food baskets.

St Marys Interfaith Community Service
Address is 545 W Sonora St, Stockton, California 95203. For information, call (209) 467-0703
The dining room has holiday lunches, breakfasts, and dinners to the homeless and very low income on thanksgiving and maybe Christmas.

Additional holiday programs
The following churches and faith based charities often help families or individuals. There may be applications to toys for tots, free holiday meals, games, books, clothes and more. The homeless may be given help too. Generally any assistance from the San Joaquin County agencies is limited and offered first come-served.

  • Crossroads of the Valley Church - 3514 E Main St, Stockton, CA 95205. Dial (209) 462-0433
  • Greater Christ Temple Church of Stockton - Address is 1616 E Main St, Stockton, CA 95205. Phone: (209) 943-0353
  • Restoration For Life Ministry - Charity is 1234 E Anderson St, Stockton, CA 95205. Dial (209) 323-5839


By Jon McNamara

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