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Santa Clara County free Christmas and holiday programs.

Find non-profits, charities and churches in Santa Clara County that provide help during the holidays. The agencies pass out free Christmas toys, gifts, food, and meals to low income families in the region. Some may even offer financial aid, referrals, or case management to clients. The main holiday programs in the San Jose region and county include Toys for Tots, Angel Tree, free Thanksgiving meals, and Adopt a Family among others.

Tens of thousands of residents (mostly children or seniors) will normally receive some form of Christmas help every year. Find free Christmas toys, gift cards, video games, clothes, Legos and more from charity programs including Angel Tree from the Salvation Army, Toys for Tots from US Marines, and Adopt a Family. There are many Thanksgiving and Christmas programs in Santa Clara County. Families often struggle to provide gifts or meals for their families during the holidays.

The free holiday meals are served from churches, charities, food pantries or soup kitchens. As long as resources are available, no one will be turned away. Many agencies will also provide children with toys, gifts, and other gently used (or even new) items. They may operate Adopt a Family programs or hold fundraisers and toys drives. The amount of Christmas assistance available in the greater San Jose region is extensive.

Many of the main non-profits are below. Other examples of what may be offered includes holiday gift baskets, small toys, winter coats, hats, boots, games, and a wide selection of toys.

Sunday Friends
730 Story Road Suite 3
San Jose, CA, 95122
This agency operates as a so called Working Alternative to Charity in San Jose. They try to assist very low-income families. New holiday gifts, toys, vouchers, and more is offered for children as well as parents for the Christmas season.




Church of The Chimes
Location is 1447 Bryan Avenue
San Jose, California, 95118
Dial 1-(408) 723-3600
Free meals at Thanksgiving or Christmas may be served, including turkeys and all the toppings.

Loaves & Fishes Family Kitchen
2150 Alum Rock Avenue
San Jose, CA, 95127
Program Phone number - 408-998-1500
Note they no longer have a holiday gift program. However they have increased the amount of food/meals offered. Meals, canned food, and other support is available. The homeless, single parents, and children are some of the main beneficiaries, as well as any other needy Santa Clara families.

Santa Clara County Salvation Army
There are multiple locations, but the main site is at 405 North 4th Street, San Jose, CA, 95112. Phone 408-282-1175.

Toys, gifts, free clothing and more is from Angel Tree and other Christmas programs. Meals, including home delivery for the homebound, are also offered. There are also free Thanksgiving turkey dinners. Homeless families in Santa Clara County can apply for Christmas or Thanksgiving help. Clothing, gifts, gift certificates, and even practical items such as gasoline cards may be offered. More on Salvation Army free holiday assistance in Santa Clara County.

Cityteam Ministries
580 Charles Street
San Jose, CA, 95112
Call - 408-288-2185





Martha's Kitchen
Address: 311 Willow Street
San Jose, CA, 95110
Call 1-408-293-6111 for details.
Serves a free holiday meal to those in need.

Campbell Seventh Day Adventist Church
600 West Campbell Avenue
Campbell, CA, 95008
Primary phone - 408-364-2144
Holds holiday toy drives in Santa Clara County in partnership with West Valley Christian School as well as Campbell SDA Church. Volunteers and others keep this holiday program operating.

St Joseph's Family Center
11 First Street
Gilroy, CA, 95020
For information, call 408-842-6662
Meals, food, and more are offered at the non-profit.

  • A second location is at 7950 Church Street, Suite A, Gilroy, CA, 95020,408-842-6662. Some of what may be passed out includes turkey, fresh fruits and vegetables, chickens, hams, potatoes, rice, beans, pasta and canned food items. Both non-prepared and non-perishable goods are available. The non-profit center also has new toys for children.

Loaves and Fishes
The main location is at 1500 Berger Drive
San Jose, California 95112
Free food, hot meals, Thanksgiving turkey dinners, small Christmas toys for children, clothes and other items may be offered. The main address is above., but a second site is at 1066 South 2nd Street, San Jose, CA 95112.

Family Giving Tree at the The Sobrato Organization
Location is 606 Valley Way
Milpitas, California 95035
(408) 946-3111
The charity offers a number of free items. Get free back to school supplies, Christmas toys, gift certificates, clothes, games, books and more. They may also have holiday good boxes with meat, Turkey, and other food items.

Catholic Charities of Santa Clara and San Jose California
there are multiple churches and charities that help the less fortunate. Immigrants, single moms, families in poverty and others can get help. Free holiday assistance, including Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas help. Hot meals, small toys for kids, clothes and more. Christmas gifts, gift cards and other support is given. More on Catholic Charities Santa Clara assistance programs.





Antioch Ministerial Fellowship
Free clothing bank is at 2507 San Jose Drive
Antioch, CA 94509
Telephone: (925) 757-1672

Sunnyvale Community Services
725 Kifer Road
Sunnyvale, CA, 94086
Their program is known as Community Christmas Center. It will assist low-income and working poor families. It will give them the ability to “shop” for toys, clothing, toys and gifts for infants through teens. Other items include towels, basic kitchen items, or blankets.

Santa Clara County Toys for Tots
There are several donation points and charities that participate. New toys are given to boys and girls from low income families, including single mother led homes and immigrants. There may also be clothing, presents to open Christmas morning, books, video games and other services. Cal (408) 282-1165 for information or registration. Find more information and applications here.

Bill Wilson Center
Address : 3490 The Alameda
Santa Clara, California 95050
Contact us at (408) 850-6143
Only foster children identified by Santa Clara social workers can participate in the Adopt a Family
Holiday Giving program. Donations are used to offer assistance to low income, working poor, and unemployed families with foster children.

SPANISH Victory Outreach San Jose
San Jose, California, 95153
Phone: 408-706-3428
Clients come from all backgrounds, races, and ages. They also help migrant workers during the holidays, immigrants, give Christmas gifts and toys to children, and more. Services and assistance is offered in Spanish too.

2011 Little Orchard St
San Jose, CA 95125
Call (408) 294-2100
They focus on the homeless and very poor. Free Christmas gifts, stocking stuffers, and meals are offered. They help the poor at Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.  Small gifts, toys, games, and other items are offered.







St. Thomas Episcopal Church
Location of the agency is 231 South Sunset Avenue
Sunnyvale, California, 94086-5938
A Christmas party, hot meals are provided for the elderly, and small gifts may be offered.

Project WeHope
Location is 1854 Bay Road
Palo Alto, California, 94303
Dial 650-630-4790 for information on help during Christmas.

Day Worker Center of Mountain View
113 Escuela Avenue
Mountain View, CA, 94040
Holiday meals, including Thanksgiving or Easter food baskets may be passed out. Both fresh and canned food items are available in Santa Clara County.

Asian-Americans for Community Involvement (AACI)
Location is 2400 Moorpark Ave
San Jose, CA 95128
Phone number - (408) 975-2730
They have a holiday gift program for victims of domestic violence. Gift cards to retailers such as Target or Wal-Mart, Christmas toys, sporting equipment, and more is available for children.

Community Services Agency of Mountain View and Los Altos
204 Stierlin Road
Mountain View, California, 94043
Primary phone number is 650-968-0836
The non-profit offers social services. Among them includes free holiday meals and toys to homeless individuals and families. The focus is on Mountain View, Los Altos Hills, nearby towns or the Los Altos region of the county. Find other details on free holiday help from Santa Clara Community Services Agency.

Midtown Family Services
Main office - 3033 Moorpark Ave.
San Jose, California, 95128
Telephone number-: 408-642-5852
Holiday assistance can be combined with case management. Children can get toys or books, boys trucks or girls dolls and other help is offered too. There may be applications to cash aid, gifts cards, free groceries or food (including for holiday meals), and more.

Caminar / Family and Children Services
Location is 950 W. Julian Street
San Jose, California, 95126
Phone: 408-410-1816
They are a member of Toys for Tots. The application period is in the fall. Clothes, games, books, electronics, and new unwrapped Christmas toys are given for free to eligible kids.

Sacred Heart Community Service
1381 South First St.
San Josť, CA 95110
Dial (408) 278-2160
Thousands of low income families, seniors, and needy people get help at both Christmas and Thanksgiving. There may be bikes for kids and other free Christmas toys. Holiday food and meals (both Christmas and Thanksgiving) include meat, fruits, turkeys or hams, desert, and all the toppings.





Jewish Family Services of Silicon Valley
14855 Oka Road, Suite 202
Los Gatos, CA
Hundreds of struggling families and children get help. During Christmas there may be free toys, supermarket gift cards, and even small dollar amounts of cash. The charity wants children and the less fortunate in Santa Clara to have holiday joy.

Pentecostal Missionary Church of Christ
1620 Oakland Road Suite
San Jose, California, 95131
Call 510-676-9228
A few holiday assistance programs are offered in Santa Clara County. Toys for tots, free Christmas or Thanksgiving meals, food baskets and more.


By Jon McNamara

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