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Free holiday and Christmas assistance Westchester County

Find dozens of charities in Westchester County that may be able to help low income families by passing out free Christmas toys, Thanksgiving turkey dinners, presents, gifts and more. Some of the programs are run by churches and others by charitable non-profit organizations, including free Toys for Tots, Adopt a Family and the Salvation Army Angel Tree. Whether it is a hot meal at Thanksgiving, or a small Christmas toy or piece of clothing for a child, the agencies do their best to meet the ever increasing needs in the Westchester County community.

The registration dates and processes vary by charity. But the application period for holiday assistance programs will normally begin in the fall or summer months. Gifts are provided on a first come and served basis based on donation levels. Many single mothers, elderly people, and low-income families can get holiday food boxes, Christmas presents, winter coats, decorations and more for the holidays. These Christmas programs would not run with contributions from the community.

It tends to be easier to get a meal during a holiday, such as on Thanksgiving. Xmas Toys, while available, tend to be more limited in Westchester County. But low income parents can seek them from a charity, or inquire into other support services such as gift cards, winter coats, games, and other un-wrapped presents.

Salvation Army Holiday Programs from Centers in Westchester County
Christmas assistance ranges from Adopt a Family to small toys and gift from Angel Tree. There are also free holiday food baskets as well as Christmas meals for the elderly or low-income families in Westchester County. They pass out free Thanksgiving turkey dinners to the low income, single moms and struggling families as well. Another service is Angel Tree. Get free winter clothes, gender specific toys, dolls, video games, Legos, gift cards or gaming consoles and more.

  • One site is at 117 Nelson Avenue, Peekskill, New York 10566. Call (914) 737-0280
  • 16 Sterling Avenue, White Plains, NY, 10606, phone 914-949-2908
  • Salvation Army center at 22 Church Street in New Rochelle. Call 914-632-0381
  • 115 Wildey Street, Tarrytown, NY 10591. Dial 914-631-3871
  • There are other locations and application sites too for Angel Tree or free holiday food baskets. Find help from Salvation Army in Westchester County.

North Yonkers Preservation And Development Corporation
Mailing address is 219 Ridge Avenue, Yonkers, NY, 10703. Call (914) 423-9754
The charity will pass out toys, food, shoes, games, and more to low income families. Assistance, including Holiday Adoption programs, help low-income Westchester County households.




Junior League Of Northern Westchester
26 Village Green, Bedford, NY 10506. Call 914-234-4714

Free Toys for Tots of Westchester County
Dozens of corporations, charities, and non-profits both (1) donate new unwrapped gifts and (2) distribute free Christmas toys or clothes to kids. Applicants are from age 0 to 17, meaning kids, infants and even teens may be given free Christmas toys, clothes, or stuff.. Based on resources, get presents such as dolls or trucks, Matchbox cars, tablets, Legos, Sporting goods, video or board games and more. The US Marine Corps also helps organize it. Apply here.

Eastchester Community Action Program (CAP)
Location is 142-144 Main Street, Tuckahoe, New York 10707. Main phone - (914) 337-7768
During Christmastime, children may be given toys, stocking stuffers, and more. This depends on donation levels and if applications were done and approved on time. Other forms of financial aid and job programs are run too. There is also emergency financial help for bills, free boxes of food or groceries, and social services.

Other local community action agencies offer can either refer a resident to a service, or offer their own direct support. Many help the unemployed, working poor and others during the holidays. Other financial aid as well as social services may also be available in Westchester County. The main non-profits are below.

  • Mamaroneck Community Action Program, 134 Center Avenue, Mamaroneck, New York 10543 call 914-698-7140
  • 95 Lincoln Avenue, New Rochelle, New York 10801, phone 914-636-3050
  • Greenburgh/Elmsford Community Action Program is at 32 Manhattan Avenue, White Plains, NY, 10607, phone 914-761-6605.
  • Peekskill Community Action Program - 709 Main Street, Peekskill, NY, 10566. Telephone 914-739-1451
  • White Plains Community Action Program has Christmas and Thanksgiving programs for city residents. Address is 70 Ferris Avenue, White Plains, NY 10603. For intake, call 914-428-7030

Catholic Charities of Westchester County, White Plains, and NY region
Various churches are part of the organization. They give out various social services, whether it is deliver a meal to the homebound (including at holidays) or give children, infants and teens small Christmas gifts for free, decorations for a tree, stocking stuffers or related goods. Immigrants can also get holiday assistance. More on assistance from Westchester County Catholic Charities.





Tarrytown Community Opportunity Center
105 Wildey Street, Tarrytown, NY, 10591. Telephone – 914-631-7340
Various government benefits are run from this. This is in addition to volunteer services who try to help the less fortunate at Christmas.

Westchester County’s Department of Social Services (DSS)
(914) 995-5545 or (914) 995-2000
They hold a holiday gift giving drive. Donations from the community allow the government agency to help children from age 0 up through teen years. Based on donations, there may be video games, clothes, sneakers, Barbie dolls, tablets, Matchbox cars and more passed out for free during the Christmas season.

Mount Kisco Interfaith Food Pantry
Main address is 300 East Main Street, Mount Kisco, New York 10549. Phone – 914-610-5187
They only offer food during Thanksgiving, Easter, or Christmas.

Sacred Heart Church
115 Sharpe Boulevard South, Mount Vernon, NY, 10552. Phone number - 914-668-7440
There are Thanksgiving and Christmas lunches served. If a child attends, they can be given a free gift too. Senior citizens are also encouraged to attend this charity event.

Saint Mary's Mohegan Lake
1836 East Main Street, Mohegan Lake, NY 10547. Dial (914) 528-3972
There is help in am emergency. The seasonal programs range from Easter Baskets to gifts, toys, and more at Christmas.

Family Resource Center Of Peekskill
1000 Orchard Street, Peekskill, New York 10566. Main phone 914-739-0411
Social services ranging from SNAP food stamps to public aid and case management can be provided along with the Christmas assistance programs.

Mount Lebanon Baptist Church
The church is at 648 Harrison Avenue, Peekskill, NY, 10566. For intake, call 914-734-2523 or (914) 737-6354

Yorktown Community Help
Address is 1974 Commerce Street, Yorktown Heights, NY, 10598. Call 914-962-1144
The charity can help families living in poverty at Christmas. Meals, winter coats, toys, and more may be provided. Proof of income and other application criteria are in place.





Lifting Up Westchester
Location is 35 Orchard Street, White Plains, NY, 10603. Phone - (914) 949-3098
A soup kitchen is on site. Free Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years day meals, including for the homeless, may be served. They can also help shelter guests.

New Rochelle Youth Bureau
Main office - 515 North Avenue, New Rochelle, New York 10801. Telephone - 914-654-2045
The goal is to spread holiday cheer to children in the local area. Gift packages may be offered, and the application period is in November.

8 Bashford St, Yonkers, NY 10701. Call 914-345-2800
There may be clothing, toiletries, gift cards, baby clothes for new moms with infants, and more for adults and children in Westchester County.

Dorot Westchester
925 Westchester Ave Suite 200, West Harrison, NY 10604. Call  (914) 485-8354 o rdial 914-674-9129
The elderly and homebound in Westchester County can get a holiday meal delivered to them. Volunteers also offer company to reduce isolation. Free holiday food boxes from Meals on Wheels for the disabled, homebound and seniors.

Pressley Memorial Food Pantry And Soup Kitchen
38 Warburton Avenue, Yonkers, NY, 10701. Call (914) 423-8345

Rshm Life Center
Mailing address is 32-34 Beekman Avenue, Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591. Call  (914) 366-9710
They also help the homebound or disabled. There may be gifts or books delivered, meals, coffee, and more.

Shiloh Baptist Church
Location - 185 Lincoln Avenue, New Rochelle, NY 10801. Call 914-636-7440

Urban League of Westchester County, Inc.
The non-profit is at 61 Mitchell Pl, White Plains, NY 10601. Call (914) 428-6300
The organizations help minorities and the disadvantaged. Get information on holiday assistance programs, including free meals for Thanksgiving or Christmas. There is also housing, employment, and budgeting resources - all of which can help the low-income during the holidays.

Friends of Karen
118 Titicus Road, North Salem, New York 10560. Call (914) 277-4547
They also run an Adopt a Family program. Free Christmas toys, games, books, clothes and more for kids. The entire program is an Adopt a Family service.

Mount Olive Church Of Christ
60-62 Martin Luther King Blvd. East, Mount Vernon, NY, 10550. Dial 914-699-2703







New Hope Institutional Baptist Church
Location is 80-82 Central Avenue, Tarrytown, NY, 10591. Main phone number is 914-631-7082
Free holiday food baskets, including at Easter, Thanksgiving or Christmas. There may be small toys, gift cards, or presents for children. Or the elderly can get free groceries or a meal for the holiday(s).

Allen A.M.E. Church
65 Fisher Avenue, White Plains, New York 10606. Dial  (914) 761-4397

Centro Hispano
346 South Lexington Avenue, White Plains, New York 10606. Telephone number is 914-289-0500
Christmas assistance is for newcomers and immigrants. Programs are also for non-English speakers too. Culture Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas food baskets are offered in Westchester County. There are also stocking stuffers, free Christmas presents, holiday celebration and other programs.

  • There is also The Dominican Cultural Association of Yonkers Inc, 150 Riverdale Ave Yonkers, NY 1070. They often partner with the non-profit above. Call 914-289-05001

First Reformed Church
Location is 135 South 6th Avenue, Mount Vernon, NY 10550. For information, call 914-664-3846

Harrison Community Services
Address is 1 Heineman Place, Harrison, NY 10528. Dial 914-670-3026
Local residents with children can apply for the Gift-Giving Program. What may be provided by the charity is a toy or gift certificate to a retailer. Other food baskets are provided at Thanksgiving.

By Jon McNamara














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