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Sarasota and Manatee County free Christmas assistance.

Charities in the greater Sarasota as well as Manatee County Florida region provide free gifts as well as meals to low income families during the holidays. The exact items given out will depend on donations, but children from low income families can get toys, games, bicycles, clothing, and more. The other main beneficiary of the holiday programs are senior citizens and the unemployed.

There are a few main programs run by the non-profits during the holidays. The largest include Adopt a Family as well as Tots for Tots. Also, several charities also serve both Thanksgiving and Christmas meals or pass out boxes of food. Thousands of families in the Sarasota area, which includes nearby Manatee and Desoto County, normally receive help each year. It is always recommended to apply early, well before the holiday season starts.

The Salvation Army of Manatee County Centers
Address is 5328 24th Street East
Bradenton, Florida, 34203
Main phone - 941-748-5110
They administer the Christmas Journey of Hope program, which has small toys, new gifts, games, and even educational supplies. The charity also offers services such as housing, a thrift store, and financial help. Some locations also offer Angel Tree Christmas gift giving as well as free dinners to people of all income levels.

North Port Family Service Center
The non-profit has holiday food baskets as well as a toy chest for children. Most of the clients of the Sarasota County non-profit already receive some type of government aid, such as SNAP food stamps or free school lunches.

Venice office of Salvation Army
1051 Albee Farm Road
Venice, FL, 34285
Main phone - 941-484-6227
Assistance is for residents of the zip codes of 34274, 34285, 34292, and 34293 only. Whether it is the Angel Tree program to get a present or holiday meal, support is offered to the less fortunate.





Adopt A Family of Manatee - Salvation Army Center for Worship & Service
Bradenton, Florida 34203
Parents need to register. It can provide both gifts as well as free Christmas meals. Applicants may also explore the other case management services from the charity.

Toys for Tots program of Manatee County
4210 20th St West/DCF Manatee Office
Bradenton, FL 34205
Main phone: 941-527-4850
New toys are given to kids. Donations from the community allow the gift giving program to operate. The service is run in partnership with Marine Corps Reserve Unit.

North as well as South Sarasota County Toys For Tots
Register online. Phone 941-497-3280.
Christmas gifts, presents, free toys, and clothing is given to people that register and meet income limits. Both boys and girls can get gender specific items from the holiday program.




Salvation Army of North Port
Location is 4940 Pan American Blvd
North Port, Florida 34285
Telephone: 941-484-6227
They help senior citizens and the disabled by delivering meals. Other clients of the holiday programs are families with no children. There are also Thanksgiving turkey meals served as well.

Dollar Dynasty
1922 Dr Martin Luther King Jr Way
Sarasota, FL, 34234
Dial 941- 379-6333
They only offer holiday food to the low income, including fruit, vegetables, meats, toppings, and more.


By Jon McNamara

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