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Free holiday and Christmas assistance Santa Barbara County.

Find free Christmas toy programs, gifts, and meals (including at Thanksgiving) in Santa Barbara County. Charities, churches, and non-profits organizations help low-income families, immigrants, seniors and single moms during the Christmas as well as Thanksgiving holidays. Locate free holiday help in Santa Barbara below.

Most of the agencies provide assistance from Toys for Tots, Angel Tree or an Adopt a Family type services. free toys or holiday meals. Kids can get Legos, clothes, arts and crafts, hot wheel cars or Barbie dolls and ,ore. Low-income families can get free holiday food baskets or meals too.

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 in Santa Barbara County 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.

Community Action Commission
Address is 648 N G St, Lompoc, CA 93436. For hours, dial (805) 737-7272
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 - 1209 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.

Community Action - North County Program Managers CAC Children's Services
201 W. Chapel Street, Santa Maria, CA 92458. Dial 805-922-2243
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. They have Angel Tree programs as well as Adopt a Family. More on Salvation Army Santa Barbara County.

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.

Calvary Chapel of Santa Barbara
Location is 1 N Calle Cesar Chavez #21, Santa Barbara, CA 93103. Main number is (805) 730-1400
They process applications to Toys for Tots in Santa Barbara County. Games, gifts, clothes and other goods for kids from age 0 to 13. There are also free meals for the homeless, including at Easter, Thanksgiving or Christmas.

Angels Bearing Gifts
Address is 505 E Montecito Street, Santa Barbara, CA, 93103. Call 805.884.7222
They only help people with a disability. Not only are there free Christmas gifts, but they also assist at Birthdays

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

Additional holiday and Christmas programs
There are other places for free holiday gifts, Thanksgiving turkey dinners, meals and more. Everything from Xmas toys for children to Meals on Wheels for seniors, gift cards or gveaways and more. Call 211 for details.

  • 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.
  • Andenberg Air Force Base "VAFB” - Marine Corps League 1340 - P.O. Box 2325, Ocrutt, California 93457-2325. 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.

Toys for Tots of Santa Barbara
Children from low-income, unemployed and struggling families can register for free Christmas toys, games, and gifts. There is help for kids from age 0 to 14. Get arts and crafts, clothing items, personal stuff, video or educational games, books, Legos and more.   Applications are open in October to November of each year. Learn more here.





Catholic Charities
Location is 609 E Haley St, Santa Barbara, CA 93103. Call (805) 965-7045
The programs include a thrift store, food bank and clothing closet. Refugees, immigrants and single moms can get help, including during the holidays. There are free vouchers or gift cards for Christmas presents, food boxes and other programs.


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