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Washington DC free Christmas and holiday assistance.

There are charities in Washington DC that offer assistance at the major holidays, including Christmas. Get help from free Toys for Tots, Adopt a Family, or the Angel Tree Christmas gift program among other resource. Some of the agencies that offer this support are located right outside of the city limits, while others are in the District of Columbia. Relying on donations and volunteers, the holiday programs may offer free toys, Christmas or Thanksgiving Turkey meals, gifts for children, and other help.

Each of the charities will require formal registration. They also try to work together to avoid duplication, and this means a family can't go to two or more centers for help. There are not restrictions on age, race, or religion, and anyone can be assisted at the holiday's. Whether someone needs a gift or voucher to buy a Thanksgiving or Christmas meal, these organizations may be able to assist qualified lower income residents.

Salvation Army - National Capital Area
Address is 1434 Harvard Street, NW
Washington DC, 20009
Phone number is (202) 332-5000
Angel Tree is run. People from the community will sponsor a child. They then buy them a gift, such as clothing, books, games, or toys. There are also free holiday meal boxes at Thanksgiving or Christmas. The program is open to kids of all ages and genders, and the items purchased are given to them for free. Single mothers often use this service.
Another site is the Salvation Army Alexandria Citadel Corps. The address is 1804 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria, VA 22301. Call (703) 836-2427.

Toys for Tots in District of Columbia
This is run by the Marines and local charities in Washington DC. The service is known as Toys for Tots Foundation, and new, wrapped gifts are given to needy children. There may be games, dolls, trucks, Legos, bears, video games or consoles, matchbox cars and more. Volunteers are needed to keep this running in the capital area. Applications are done online. Apply here.




Community Services Agency of the Metropolitan Washington Council, AFL-CIO
Phone - 202-974-8220
Basic necessities (such as clothes) and holiday meals are a focus. In rare cases, a small number of children from working poor families may be given gift cards or toys.

The Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Washington
924 G Street NW, Washington, DC 20001
Main phone number is (202) 772-4300
Local DC churches partner together on the Christmas Gift program. The service provides help, including free toys, gifts, and Christmas toys, to children in the region. Immigrants, single parents, seniors, and others can all turn to the charity to apply for holiday assistance. Based on donations, there may also be Easter Baskets, Thanksgiving Turkeys, and of course free kids for kids. Find more details on free Christmas programs from Washington DC Catholic Charities.

The Holiday Project of the National Capital Area, Inc.
Location is 513 Bashford Lane 5
Alexandria VA, 22314
(703) 370-0370
Volunteers operate this non-profit. There are meals and gifts brought to seniors in nursing homes as well  as deliveries to shut ins. Cards, toys, food vouchers, and more are appreciated for this Christmas donation program.





Central Union Mission
1350 R St. NW
Washington, DC 20009
Telephone number is (202) 745-7118
Underprivileged children, including those in the shelter, can get help from Operation Christmas Miracle. It is an Adopt a Family type resource that is run in the District.

Adventist Community Services of Greater Washington
501 Sligo Avenue
Silver Spring MD 20910
Phone: 301-585-6556
Holiday assistance is available at the charity.

Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC)
Address is 2708 S Nelson St
Arlington, VA 22206
(703) 845-8486
Holiday food is offered. Turkeys at Thanksgiving or Christmas, dairy, fruits, and Easter baskets too. The non-profit may also have referrals to other  District of Columbia charities.

Black Student Fund
Mailing address is 3636 16th St NW # A421
Washington, District of Columbia 20010
Main phone - (202) 387-1414
Only clients of BSF can enroll into the Christmas program. Everything from food baskets to presents for under the tree may be provided.

SVDP of Washington DC
Society of St. Vincent de Paul parishes and conferences help the poor. There are free food and grocery items, including Thanksgiving and Christmas food boxes. Other holiday help may be gift cards, clothes, stocking stuffers and more. There may be gift cards, home delivered meals to seniors, warm clothes for the cold winter months and Christmastime, and counseling. More on SVDP District of Columbia.





Two other charities that may offer assistance during the holidays include Martha's Table (address is 2114 14th St, NW, Washington DC 20009. Call (202) 328-6609), which has free holiday parties or meals. Immigrants, Spanish speakers, Latinos, often turn to the Spanish Catholic Center, which is at  1618 Monroe Street, NW, Washington DC 20010. Phone  (202) 939-2400. Both focus on food, but there may be small Christmas gifts or toys, basic clothing items, and similar goods for the poor and/or homeless.


By Jon McNamara














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