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Santa Barbara County free holiday and Christmas assistance.

Charities, churches, and national organizations provide assistance during the Christmas as well as Thanksgiving holidays. Most of the agencies provide free toys or holiday meals. In addition to that, there may also be support given during some of the other major seasonal events, such as Easter.

The primary resource in the community is known as Toys for Tots. It is run in partnership with Unity Shoppe as well as the Santa Barbara City Fire Department and dozens of other charities. Volunteers and various group collect toys, games, and Christmas gifts for children of all backgrounds. There is assistance for immigrants, migrant farm workers, and non-English speaking residents as well.

Free toys are usually restricted to children under the age of 13. When it comes to a Thanksgiving or Christmas meal, any person in need can be served. They not only get a place to eat, but families also benefit from companionship during the holidays. Find the leading non-profits for presents, holiday food baskets, and more.

Andenberg Air Force Base "VAFB” - Marine Corps League 1340
P.O. Box 2325
Ocrutt, California 93457-2325
Phone: 1-805-588-0650
The organization only support children from veterans and military families. Toys or gift cards are given, they organize Christmas and holiday meals for armed forces members, and clients can even get referred to financial aid too.

Community Action Commission
120 West Chestnut Ave
Lompoc, CA 93436
For hours, dial 805-740-4555
Low income and families living in poverty can get referrals. Learn about charities that provide free toys, electronics, small computers, gifts, and more to children. They not only help at Christmas, but various anti-poverty programs are run year round.





Unity Shoppe
Address - 1219 State Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
For information or applications, dial 805-965-4122
They pass out Toys for Tots gifts. Based on donation levels, kids and teenagers may be given clothing, toy trucks, dolls for girls, shoes, and much more. The non-profit also partners with the Volt Workforce Solutions on this service.

North County Program Managers CAC Children's Services
201 W. Chapel Street
Santa Maria, CA 92458
Holiday assistance is only given to residents of northern Santa Barbara County.

Salvation Army
4849 Hollister Ave
Santa Barbara, California
Telephone: (805) 964-8738
Programs range from Angel Tree to gift cards for meals and a food pantry. The charity can provide financial assistance or case management along with holiday meals or toys.

People Helping People of the Santa Ynez Valley in the county
545 N Alisal Road
Solvang, CA 93463
Dial 805-686-0295
They run the Toys for Tots program too. In addition, the charity may have free holiday food (such as Turkeys or hams) in addition to Christmas programs. Other items may be books, school supplies, sports equipment and more. Clients range from single moms to senior citizens in Santa Barbara that need help at the holidays.

Angels Bearing Gifts
Address is 505 E Montecito Street
Santa Barbara, CA, 93103
They only help people with a disability. Not only are there free Christmas gifts, but they also assist at Birthdays.





Santa Barbara Centers For Children And Families
Location is 1722 South Lewis Rd.
Camarillo, California 93012
For referrals, dial (805) 366-4040

Sons of American Legion #125
Call 805-733-3659
American Legion members can apply.

The Santa Barbara City Fire Department
They only collect donations. New, unwrapped toys are needed. The locations include, but are not limited too, 121 W. Carrillo Street, 1802 Cliff Drive, the station at 40 Hartley Place and many others.

By Jon McNamara

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