Lowndes County area free holiday and Christmas help.

Find the free holiday programs in Valdosta that can help low income families. There are places that give children fee Christmas gifts, food boxes for the parents, Thanksgiving or Christmas meal sites and more. Whether the resident of the Lowndes or Bartow County area is a senior citizen, single mom, disabled, homeless, or facing any hardship, some form of Christmas present or holiday assistance is available.

There are food pantries and soup kitchens the give groceries (or serve hot meals) at Thanksgiving or Christmas. The annual Christmas toy drives are held throughout Valdosta Georgia, and they generally give children free gifts, games, books, electronics, and other items. Other options for assistance around the holidays range from clothing banks to the Salvation Army, churches, and many other locations.

The places and programs below are some of the primary places to apply at for assistance. Inquire into a toy or gift service.

Toy for Tots
In general, thousands of local kids (boys and girls) under the age of 15 get free toys, clothes, and more from this program. There are also items for children age to newborn. The parent needs to apply, but when donations allow, the child is given one or more toys for free. Games, books, dolls, toy trucks, tablets, and clothing goods too (shoes, shirts, etc.). Apply at https://valdosta-ga.toysfortots.org/local-coordinator-sites/lco-sites/request-toys.aspx

Salvation Army Valdosta Georgia
Address is 320 Smithland Place
Valdosta, GA 31601
Dial (229) 242-6440
This is the second major holiday program operator in the region. They offer free Turkey dinners (and may pass them out with all the toppings) to the low income. Other resources range from free Christmas gifts for kids to volunteers who visit seniors and bring them small presents. The Christmas help in part of Angel Tree. Or contact the Lowndes County church for financial aid, free food from the pantry, a thrift store, and other items. More on Salvation Army assistance in Lowndes County.





Community Soup Kitchen
601 N Lee St
Valdosta, GA 31601
Main Phone: (229) 247-8178
Only meals are offered at Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas as well as year round.

Clothes and other holiday items

Some of these charities and churches in Lowndes may offer Christmas help too, along with meals, free food boxes, and other goods. While the focus is on free clothes, some small Christmas toys or other gifts may be provided from time to time. Most are open limited hours.

  • First Baptist Church, 200 West Central Avenue, Valdosta, Georgia 31601, phone (229) 242-0484
  • St. Francis Center is located at 520 East Mary St, Valdosta, GA 31601. The intake number - (229) 242-8656
  • Park Avenue United Methodist Church -  100 E. Park Ave., Valdosta, Georgia 31602. Call (229) 242-3562

By Jon McNamara

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