San Joaquin County free holiday and Christmas assistance programs.

Free toys as well as Christmas meals may be provided to San Joaquin County families that meet income guidelines. Non-profit agencies as well as churches and charities try to help seniors, children, and low to moderate income households receive some type of holiday joy.

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. Those, as well as the others, offer free toys, games, and more to young children. Senior citizens as well as working poor parents can often also get a Thanksgiving or Christmas meal and other support.

Toys for Tots program
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, 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.

Good Samaritan Training Center
1331 E Fremont St
Stockton, California 95205
(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  Modesto, 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.

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.

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
622 N Sacramento St.
Lodi, California 95240
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 program, financial aid, and more. The focus is on households in Clements, Lodi, Thornton, Acampo and also Woodbridge. However other referrals may be given too.




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.


By Jon McNamara

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