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Free holiday and Christmas assistance programs San Mateo County

Find how to get free holiday help in San Mateo County. The main Christmas assistance programs is the free Toys for Tots service, however there are others such as Angel Tree, Adopt a Family and Thanksgiving turkey meals. Locate where to apply for free charitable as well as church run holiday programs in San Mateo County below.

Several agencies provide all sorts of free Christmas gifts (toys, clothes, books, decorations, computers, video games, trees, etc.) to children from low income families. In addition to those free holiday assistance programs, there are other places to turn to for help during the holidays. The Salvation Army, Neighborhood or Senior Centers, soup kitchens, and other help the low-income, immigrants, elderly and struggling households.

Applications are accepted from all sorts of individuals. There will be free presents and meals given to senior citizens or immigrants. Kids and children will be given toys, games, books, Legos, electronics, matchbox cars, dolls 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.

East Palo Alto Senior Center Inc.
Main address is 560 Bell St, East Palo Alto, California, 94303. Call 650-483-5305 or (650) 329-5900
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
They run several emergency financial assistance and free 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. Kids from age 0 to 14 can get free Xmas toys, stocking stuffers, decorations and more. Find other Salvation Army assistance programs in San Mateo County.

  • Including at 910 Buena Vista Road, Hollister, California 95023. Dial 831-636-9832.
  • Additional free holiday help is at 660 Veterans Blvd, Redwood City, CA 94063. Call (650) 368-4643




Generation Reformation
100 Terminal Way, Menlo Park, California, 94025. Contact email is
A holiday fest is provided. The non-profit will also 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. Call 650-323-7781
They only have groceries, food, or holiday meals. Donate or volunteer. They collect new unwrapped toys, cash and gifts and funds and pass them to needy children.

Free Toys for Tots in San Mateo County
Dozens of charities, corporations, churches and other group participate. Children from age 0 to 15 can get free Christmas toys, presents, or gift cards. There may be video games or consoles, tablets, books, clothes, sneakers, winter jackets, dolls for girls or matchbox for boys, Legos, and more. Apply here.

Samaritan House
Address of the charity 4031 Pacific Blvd., San Mateo California 94403. Telephone 650-347-3648
Various low income assistance programs are run. There is a free food pantry with holiday boxes for Easter, Thanksgiving, or Christmas. School supplies, stocking stuffers, free Christmas toys for kids or presents for seniors and other resources are available. There is also a free winter coat program. More on Samaritan House assistance programs in San Mateo.

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.

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





Senior Coastsiders
925 Main St, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019. Phone: (650) 726-9056
The non-profit will help seniors, the disabled and elderly in San Mateo County, including at Thanksgiving and Christmas. Holiday meals, turkey dinners, meats, small Christmas presents and other stuff is offered.

Shoreview United Methodist Church
120 Lindbergh St., San Mateo, California, 94401. Main number is 650-921-9313 or (650) 344-7410
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.

Childrens Fund of San Mateo County
This is organized by the government. It is an adopt a family type assistance programs. Anyone under the age of 19 can apply, including immigrants and Spanish speakers. Get free Christmas toys, games,, books, clothing, supplies for school, sporting goods and much more. Call 650-802-5152  for details

South San Francisco Fire Department
Address: 480 North Canal St, South San Francisco, California, 94080. Main number is 415-713-8199.
The site is at is a location/collection for Toys for Tots as well. Drop off or apply for toys.

St. Anthony's Padua Dining Room
Address: 3500 Middlefield Road, Menlo Park California 94025. Dial (650) 365-9665
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. They have a free clothing closet too. 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.

Redwood City & San Mateo County Toy & Book Drive as well as Redwood City Child Development Program.
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. Register here.,

Daly City Operation Santa Claus
There are a couple application site for free Christmas toys, games, gifts, food baskets and more. All applications are in Spanish, English, Mandarin and other languages. Low-income households in the Daly City are can apply.

  • Daly City Community Service Center - 350 – 90th Street, Daly City, CA 94015. Dial 650-991-8007
  • Our Second Home is an application site and it is on the JFK School campus. The address is 725 Price Street, Daly City, CA 94014. Phone - 650-301-3300

Kids with disabilities only - Support for Families
This non-profit assists kids with disabilities. Free Christmas gifts, toys, learning or video games, arts and crafts, and disability friendly items are offered. Call (415) 282-7494.





Additional free Christmas toys or holiday meals
Other charities and churches help the low-income, homeless, single moms and others in San Mateo County get free Christmas presents or meals. There is support for immigrants, including cultural meals. Or get free Thanksgiving dinners, clothes or toys for kids and more.

  • Daly City Community Services Center is at 350 90th St, Daly City, CA 94015. Call (650) 991-8007
  • Society of Saint Vincent de Paul Help Center focus on the homeless, including at Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas. 50 N B St, San Mateo, CA 94401. Call (650) 343-4403
  • North Peninsula Center - A free Food Pantry has groceries and ingredients. The address is 31 Bepler St, Daly City, CA 94014. Dial (650) 994-5150


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