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Free holiday and Christmas assistance programs West Virginia.

Help is available during the holidays from non-profits and charities in West Virginia. Agencies across the state off free food or meals and gifts or free Christmas toys for children. Another focus of the programs is on helping the elderly and seniors have a form of holiday joy, so some of the charities may have volunteers that can deliver meals to homebound senior citizens or disabled families.

The amount of goods or food available is limited, and the application period will start during the fall months. Low income families should apply for gifts from the West Virginia Toys for Tots or Christmas presents from the Salvation Army Angel Tree or Adopt a Family as early as possible. Assistance at the holidays is normally provided on a first come and served basis, and since many of the types and meals depend on volunteers and fund raisers, resources are limited. Also look into other free Christmas day food.

As resources allow, the non-profits in West Virginia may have free winter coats, toys, games, and other items for children. There are also Thanksgiving turkey dinners as well as Christmas meals. Programs names may be Angel tree or Adopt a Family as well as many others in WV. Some of them may also provide gift certificates for holiday shopping at a thrift store.

Belle Ministerial Association – Covers both Belle and Quincy County
320 East 8th Street, Belle, WV 25015. Main phone - (304) 949-3126
They offer a pantry which may have holiday food, such as a Thanksgiving turkey or other boxes of food.

Bethlehem Apostolic Temple
Main address is 330 Main Street, Wheeling, West Virginia 26003. Main phone number is (304) 233-8899

Bread of Life Ministries
102 Nazarene Drive, South Charleston, WV 25309. Call 304-744-0863
Low income families of Kanawha and Boone County can use this charity service. Food baskets at Easter or Christmas may be offered, along with a small gift for a child.

Boone County Community Organization (BCCO)
Address is Lick Creek Rd # 1A, Danville, WV 25053. Call  (304) 949-3673
The non-profit runs a Secret Santa program, and there may also be free toys or presents from the Christmas Bureau.




Campbell's Creek at Church of the Nazarene
Address is 200 Park Ave, Charleston, WV 25302. Phone: (304) 346-8083
A holiday food pantry helps families in Tad, Malden, Blount, and Drybranch.

Catholic Charities
There are multiple locations of this church based charity. Some of them are below. Most sites will try to spread holiday joy to seniors by delivering a meal from volunteers, offer small toys, and help single moms as well at Christmas. There is free holiday help for the low-income in WV, immigrants and others. Free Christmas toys, Thanksgiving dinners, presents, gift cards and more items are offered.

  • Boone County, 335 Mercer St, Whitesville, WV 25209, dial 304-854-1043
  • Northern West Virginia area - 104 E Main St Suite 1 D, Colonial Village, Clarksburg, WV 26301, telephone (304) 623-1765. This serves several counties in the area, including Harrison, Monongalia, Taylor, Barbour and others.

West Virginia Toys for Tots assistance program
This is a free program that relies on donations. Children from age 0 to 15, from low income households, can apply for help. Games, books, clothes, winter hats, bikes, video games, trucks, and countless other new, unwrapped Christmas toys may be passed out. In some cases volunteers from Toys for Tots will deliver gifts to disabled children or those with some type of extreme hardship. There are many applications sites by city or county. Find your county here.

EnAct of Upper Kanawha Valley is located at Chesapeake City Hall
12404 MacCorkle Avenue, Charleston, WV 25315. Telephone number is (304) 949-6077
This is a large regional non-profit. Referrals and other aid is available. Over 15 counties and towns are served in the region, including Belle, Gallagher, Marmet, Pond Gap, Shrewsbury, London, Crown Hill, Kayford, and many others.

Christian Help
The faith based charity is at 219 Walnut Street, Morgantown, West Virginia, 26505. Call (304)-296-0221
Volunteers collect food and small Christmas gifts. There may be stocking stuffers as well as assistance for single moms or pregnant teens. Some free clothes at Christmas as well as gift cards (for grocery or toy stores) may be offered based on donations.





Seasonal Assistance from Food Banks and Pantries
Most of the charities of course offer free food, ingredients and groceries which can be used to cook a meal, including at Thanksgiving, the Easter or Christmas season. Some serve hot meals on the holidays. Based on donations from the public, others may also give children from struggling households with small Christmas gifts. All of the services are free. More on West Virginia free holiday food from pantries.

Good Shepherd Mission
20492 First Ave, East Bank, WV 25067. Call (304) 595-6002 or 304-345-2103.
Food baskets at Thanksgiving and Christmas are offered along with a hot meal for the working poor. Regions include Cabin Creek, Pratt, Chelyan, Dawes, Decota, Drybranch, Crown Hill, East Bank, Eskdale, Gallagher, Kayford, Marmet, Miami, Ohley, Leewood, Quincy, Shrewsbury, and Winifrede.

Goodwill Industries of Kanawha and Putnam Valley
209 Virginia Street, West, Charleston, WV 25302. Phone - (304) 346-0811
Meals for the homeless and working poor.

Heart and Hand House
Location is  212 D St, Charleston, WV 25303. Phone - (304) 744-6741
Christmas assistance, such as food baskets, and small toys, gifts, and presents may be passed out.

Horizon Goodwill Industries
Serving both Jefferson and Berkeley County, and holiday assistance is available for qualified families. there may also be furniture and other goods.

  • 160 Patrick Henry Way, Charles Town, WV 25414, telephone number is (304) 728-6883
  • 100 Eagle School Road, Martinsburg, WV 25401. Phone (304) 267-3177

Liberty In Christ Soup Kitchen
44 Riggs Ln, Buckhannon, WV 26201. Call (304) 472-1147
Turkeys, hot meals for the poor and homeless, and Christmas clothing or blankets may be passed out.

Mountain Mission
1620 7th Avenue, Charleston, WV 25312. For information, call 304-344-3407

Salvation Army
They offer many holiday programs from dozen of centers. The names are Angel Tree as well as Adopt a Family in WV. They give out free toys, video games, books, educational games, clothes and more (based on donations). Many Salvation Army centers in West Virginia also serve free holiday meals, including at Easter, Thanksgiving, or Christmas from soup kitchens as well as food pantries. Some of the Salvation Army centers include the following.

  • 301 Tennessee Avenue, Charleston, West Virginia 25302. Call 304-343-4548
  • 9 Commerce Park, Chapmanville, WV 25508, dial 304-310-4260
  • There are many other Salvation Army places to apply for Angel Tree as well as Adopt a Family. Find more holiday help from the West Virginia Salvation Army.





Secret Santa -  United Way of Central WV Christmas Bureau
Address is PO Box 3982, Charleston, West Virginia 25339. Main number is 304-414-4405
Serves Boone, Kanawha, and Putnam County and nearby regions. Volunteers donate toys, which are then giving to infants, teenagers, and children. Children, including boys and girls and those from single mom or dad households can get free Christmas help.

St. Albans Ministerial Association - First Presbyterian Church
201 Kanawha Terrace, St Albans, WV 25177. Call (304) 727-2241
Covers both Saint Albans and Jefferson.

Union Mission - Family Services
503 Leon Sullivan Way, Charleston, WV 25301. Telephone - (304) 925-0366
Assistance ranges from household items to food from a pantry, furniture, vouchers, and more.


By Jon McNamara














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