San Mateo County free holiday assistance programs.

The major Christmas assistance program in the San Mateo County area is the free Toys for Tots service. It is a charitable run program that provide all sorts of free Christmas gifts (toys, clothes, books, etc.) to children from low income families. In addition to that program, there are other places to turn to for help during the holidays, including churches, the Salvation Army, dining halls, and others. Find more information below on how to get assistance and both Christmas and Thanksgiving.

Applications are accepted from all sorts of individuals. There may be free presents given to senior citizens or immigrants, and children may be given toys, games, books, electronics and more. The unemployed in San Mateo County may get help during the holidays as may immigrants and/or single mothers or fathers or the homeless.

There is assistance for all low income as well as struggling families in San Mateo County. As the main goal is to spread holiday cheer to as many residents as well.

Heart Of Solidarity Inc
1048 Schwerin Street
Daly City, California, 94014
Dial 415-568-8019 for information.

East Palo Alto Senior Center Inc.
Main address is 560 Bell St
East Palo Alto, California, 94303
Many social services are offered, with a focus on the homebound, disabled, and of course senior citizens. Free Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas meals, visitors to nursing homes, Meals on wheels, and other holiday help is for the elderly in San Mateo County.





Salvation Army in San Mateo
Including at 910 Buena Vista Road, Hollister, California 95023. Dial 831-636-9832
They run several emergency financial aid and seasonal programs. They include Angel Tree (at Christmas); free back to school supplies; Easter; pass out free Thanksgiving turkeys and more. There is also shelter, emergency financial help for bills and more. Find other Salvation Army assistance programs in San Mateo County.

Generation Reformation
100 Terminal Way
Menlo Park, California, 94025
Dial 408-679-7381
They participate in Toys for Tots, the US Marine Corps affiliated service. New, unwrapped toys are given to boys or girls under the age of 15 that come from struggling families. There may be trucks, dolls, gameboards, and more.

Ecumenical Hunger Program
Soup kitchen and pantry location is 2411 Pulgas Avenue
East Palo Alto, CA 94303
They only have groceries, food, or holiday meals.

Project Face To Face
531 Pierce Rd.
Menlo Park, California, 94025
Main number is 424-250-5990
Donate or volunteer. They collect new unwrapped toys, cash and gifts and funds and pass them to needy children.

North Peninsula Neighborhood Services Center
Location of the non-profit 600 Linden Ave
South San Francisco, CA 94080
Phone: (650) 583-279
The free holiday program can pass out gift cards or certificates, food to parents, and other items to the needy, low income and poor. Both Christmas and Thanksgiving support is offered.





Starlight Community Outreach
825 Pierce Rd
Menlo Park, California, 94025
For hours dial 650-324-1314
A number of assistance programs from the faith based group. Boxes full of holiday food/groceries, small stocking stuffers, gifts for kids or seniors, and much more is passed out.

AIDS Community Research Consortium/SVCF
Primary address is 855 Douglas Ave
Redwood City, California, 94063
Telephone: 650-364-6563
HIV and Aids impacted residents can get help. Everything from referrals to housing or medical care to cash aid, free Christmas toys for their children, and more.

Redwood City & San Mateo County Toy & Book Drive as well as Redwood City Child Development Program at 2600 Middlefield Rd.
Address of Drive is: 3121 Middlefield Rd.
Redwood City, California, 94063
A number of charities and non-profits participate in the assistance program. They give out gifts, toys, food, shoes, bookbags, and more to less fortunate families with children, all the way down to infant.

Mid-Peninsula Boys & Girls Club
Primary address is 200 North Quebec Street
San Mateo, California, 94401
Telephone number is 650-347-9891

Senior Coastsiders
Location is 925 Main Street

Shoreview United Methodist Church
120 Lindbergh St.
San Mateo, California, 94401
Main number is 650-921-9313
A soup kitchen and food pantry are on site. Small gifts, hot meals, Thanksgiving turkey dinners, and other free holiday programs are run by the San Mateo church.




South San Francisco Fire Department (Toys for Tots site)
Address: 480 North Canal St
South San Francisco, California, 94080
Main number is 415-713-8199
Drop off or apply for toys.

St. Anthony's Padua Dining Room
Address: 3500 Middlefield Road
Menlo Park California 94025
Dial (650) 365-9665


By Jon McNamara

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