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Sangamon County free holiday assistance programs.

During the holiday season (Thanksgiving as well as Christmas) charities in Sangamon County help low income families. There are free toys given from churches and Adopt a Family programs, meals served to the public, and non-profits that offer gifts or other items. Assistance is available in the community.

When seeking support, apply early. Bring proof of income, residency, and other documentation support the request for the Sangamon County free holiday programs. People of all ages, races, and religion can be given food, or kids can be given free toys or gifts. The presents may be games, clothes, and much more. Senior citizens as well as the disabled may also have a meal delivered to them during the holiday periods. The goal is to spread holiday cheer in the community.

Contact Ministries
The main location is 1100 E. Adams
Springfield, Illinois 62703
Main phone number: 217-753-3939
Food and meal baskets are available from the charity. They help both at Thanksgiving and Christmas if the resident has a child. They also run the Annual Christmas Give Away program, with hats, food, free toys, gloves, and more.

Family Service Center Of Sangamon County
Address: 730 E. Vine Street
Springfield, IL 62703
Phone number: 217-528-8406
The program is known as Tree of Wishes. It is run in partnership with churches, charities, as well as non-profit organizations.





The Salvation Army
Main address is 1600 E. Clear Lake Avenue
Springfield, Illinois 62703
(217) 525-2196
Social Services, including Adopt a Family and Angel tree, help the poor and families in poverty. Christmas and Thanksgiving meals, toys, gifts, and free presents are offered.

Mini O'beirne Crisis Nursery
Address is 1011 N. 7th Street
Springfield, IL 62702
Dial 217-525-6800
Gifts ranging from $1 to $10 may be provided by the Children's Holiday Store. Volunteers bring children in the store to select gifts, clothes, and other items for the holiday.

Faith Christian Center
301 W. Reynolds
Springfield, IL 62702
(217) 585-4000
The charity serves hot meals at Christmas. Turkeys, toppings, and food boxes may all be given out.

Sojourn Shelter And Services, Inc.
Main location is 1800 Westchester Boulevard
Springfield, IL 62704
They only help domestic violence survivors. Call 217-726-5200




Catholic Charities, Diocese Of Springfield – holiday help from Crisis Assistance & Advocacy Office
Main location: 120 S. 11th Street
Springfield, Illinois 62703
The pantry passes out free groceries during the holiday. Toys, presents, games, and more are available from the Sangamon charity from the Christmas Store, and the child needs to be under the age of 12.

State Journal - Friend-in-deed Program
One Copley Plaza
Springfield, IL 62701
Families in the circulation area only can dial 217-747-1290
May be food baskets only, and the application period ends in November.


By Jon McNamara

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