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Free holiday and Christmas assistance Tarrant County and northern TX.

Find charities and churches in the Tarrant County and Fort Worth area that provide free holiday and Christmas assistance, including free gifts or meals. Low income families in the county can get free Christmas toys, food baskets, and also Thanksgiving turkeys, and the charities or churches help qualified families in all of Tarrant, Erath, Hood, Johnson, Palo Pinto, Parker, Somervell, and Wise County.

There are programs including Tots for Tots, Adopt a Family as well as Angel Tree, among others. Or at the minimum a Fort Worth or northern TX organization may have referrals for people in those nearby regions so they can get free toys, gifts, clothes, presents, Christmas trees and more. There are also free groceries and food baskets (along with turkey dinners) at Thanksgiving.

The exact type of goods provided around Thanksgiving or Christmas will vary. The stuff can include free toys, games, gift cards or clothing for children, meals and holiday food for anyone in need that qualifies. Some centers will hold holiday events as well, in which participants can get a gift basket or a hot meal. Many volunteers will also deliver frozen holiday or fresh meals to the elderly or homebound in the Tarrant County region, including those that reside in nursing homes.

Some of the main organizations to call for free holiday help in Tarrant County and northern Texas are below. They also rely on donations and volunteers, so please contribute if you can.

Community Action Partners Fort Worth Parks And Community Services (CAP)
There are several of these non-profit agencies in the region. They offer a number of assistance programs and social services to low income, unemployed, and poor. The main holiday program may be Cowboy Santas. This will provide qualified applicants with toys, meals, books, free food and games for their children. It operates across Tarrant, Johnson Hood, and other counties. They accept applications for this free Christmas program and may have information on other options as well. The offices are listed below. The main phone numbers are 817-392-5795 as well as 817) 392-5790 for holiday or financial programs.

  • 1601 E Lamar Blvd, Ste 201, Arlington, Texas 76011. Dial (817) 392-5790
  • Andrew Doc Session Center, 201 S Sylvania Avenue, Fort Worth, TX 76111, main number is (817) 392-5790
  • Como Center, 4660 Horne St., Fort Worth 76107 , call (817) 392-5790
  • Far Northwest Center, 920 Roberts Cut-off Road, Fort Worth, TX 76114
  • Martin Luther King Center, 5565 Truman Drive, Fort Worth, TX 76112, call (817) 392-5790
  • North Tri-ethnic Center, 2950 Roosevelt Avenue, Fort Worth, Texas 76106, dial (817) 392-5790
  • Northside Center, 1100 NW 18th Street, Fort Worth, TX 76106, main number is (817) 392-5790
  • Southside Center, 959 E Rosedale St, Fort Worth, Texas 76104, (817) 392-5790
  • Worth Heights Center, 3551 New York Ave, Fort Worth, Texas 76110, main number (817) 392-579

 

 

 

Tarrant County and northern Texas free Toys for Tots
There are dozens of agencies that participate. They give out free Christmas toys to kids, teenagers, and even infants. The gifts are wrapped. There may be games, books, clothes, electronics, toy trucks or dolls, Legos and so much more in Fort Worth and nearby towns and cities.

A major focus of Toys for Tots is to provide free Christmas presents  to low-income families, the working poor, and single mothers or fathers. The application period is early. Apply here. https://fort-worth-tx.toysfortots.org/local-coordinator-sites/lco-sites/default.aspx?nPageID=100&nPreviewInd=200&nRedirectInd=3.

Mission Arlington/Mission Metroplex
210 West South Street, Arlington, Texas 76010. Call (817) 277-6620
Distributes new and gently used toys for children and infants of low-income families. Parents or guardians of these children may shop for free toys which includes stocking stuffers, 1 large item, 2 or smaller items.

First Baptist Church Cleburne Christmas Lunch of Johnson County
414 N Main, Cleburne, TX 76033. Dial (817) 645-6684 for intake.
A free hot meal served is at noon on Christmas Day to anyone in community.

First Street Methodist Mission
Main address: 801 W 1st Street, Fort Worth, TX 76102. Dial (817) 335-6080 for intake.

The Salvation Army Of northern Texas
1855 East Lancaster, Fort Worth, Texas 76103. Dial the center at (817) 344-1800
The non-profit and its volunteers may serve a Traditional Thanksgiving dinner with turkeys, stuffing, bread, and more. A Christmas Dinner is also served. Gift baskets may be provided too and the organization also runs the Angel Tree free Christmas gift program for children. There is also the Salvation Army Adopt a Family program. It may provide free assistance with Christmas gifts of toys, presents, gifts and clothing to qualifying families in Tarrant and other Counties. Find other locations of the Salvation Army in Tarrant County.

 

 

 

 

The Goodfellow Fund
This will help children from low-income Tarrant County families between the ages of 4 and 16. Proof of income and school is needed. Children can get free Christmas toys, gift cards, hygiene supplies, clothes, sneakers and more. The donation programs help unemployed and struggling parents bring holiday joy to their kids. Apply at:

  • Travis Avenue Baptist Church, 800 W. Berry Street, Fort Worth, TX 76110. Call (817) 924-4266
  • St. Vincent’s de Paul Catholic Church, 5819 W. Pleasant Ridge Road, Arlington, TX 76016. Phone: (817) 478-8206

Arlington Urban Ministries, or AUM
Address is 701 Dugan St, Arlington, Texas 76010. Phone - (817) 861-8585
A number of seasonal as well as year round assistance programs are operated. During Thanksgiving, Easter, and Christmas, the faith based charity serves more holiday meals or gives out free baskets of food. There may also be gift card or certificates, a Christmas party for kids, free toys or presents, and more. They also offer year round shelter, financial aid, a pantry and other services.

Union Gospel Mission
1321 East Lancaster, Fort Worth, TX 76102. Dial the center at (817) 332-2922
During Thanksgiving & Christmas, attendees may receive free lunch, food, clothing and vouchers to buy a present.

Christian Community Action of Tarrant County
Location is 200 S Mill St, Lewisville, Texas 75057
Low income families, immigrants and poor can turn to the charity. Free food, ingredients, gifts cards, games and other goods are available. They support northern Texas. Call (972) 221-1224.

Christian Center Of Fort Worth - Leah Vanzant Community Life Center
4301 NE 28th St, Haltom City, TX 76117. For information, call (817) 834-5595
The site serves a hot meal and a bag of groceries on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. They may also have one free gift per child ages 16 years and under.

Broadway Baptist Church
Address: 305 W Broadway Ave, Fort Worth, TX 76104. Call 817-336-5761
They have a number of year round and holiday programs. Get everything from free Thanksgiving or Christmas meals, groceries or food baskets to clothes, Christmas stocking stuffers, diapers, and more.

United Community Centers
The non-profit is at 3600 N Crump St, Fort Worth, Texas 76106. Call 817-625-8205 for assistance.
The low income, homeless and working poor can get free Thanksgiving and Christmas help. Presents, games, books, electronics, and other assistance is given for holidays, including to veterans, single parents and the disabled.

Community Food Bank
3000 Galvez Ave. Fort Worth, TX 76111. Call (817) 924-3333 for information.
They not only have free groceries, ingredients, turkey dinners and meals for Easter, Thanksgiving or Christmas, but also apply for Toys for Tots.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day Resource Center For The Homeless
Location is 1100 E. Lancaster, Fort Worth, TX 76102. Call 817-810-9797
Homeless people, migrant workers and the indigent can not only get free Christmas gifts for their kids (if applicable) but also meals and referrals to housing and social services.

Fort Worth Five Loaves and Two Fish Outreach
9535 Solomon Drive, Fort Worth, Texas 76108. Call (817) 591-2445
Everything from basic needs to free birthday or Christmas toys for kids, clothes and more is offered. They offer inspiration, free Toys for Tots for kids(both boys and girls) from age 0 to 16 and other resources.

Westaid
4701 Bryant Irvin Rd N, Fort Worth, TX 76107. Main number is (817) 737-9338
Various social services are offered, including to holiday programs in Northern TX.

 

By Jon McNamara

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