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Sedgwick County and Wichita free holiday assistance programs.

Families that need free holiday assistance, including at Christmas or Thanksgiving, can get help from Sedgwick County based agencies. There may be free meals, Christmas toys for kids, money, gift cards, food boxes and more. Some main programs also include Toys for Tots and Angel Tree as well as Adopt a Family from the Salvation Army. There are both charities as well as non-profit organizations that offer a variety of resources to the needy. What may be available is as follows, depending on donation levels in the county and Wichita.

Income qualified households can receive small toys, food, gift certificates, winter coats, Christmas meals, and free gifts. Many of the distribution sites are in the city of Wichita itself, but there are other agencies that participate in the county too.

When applying for Christmas help, note that the agencies will not allow overlap. That means only one program can assist the family or child. There are also meal and gift sites for seniors as well as the  Spanish-speaking population.

Inter-Faith Ministries
Main location is 829 N Market St.
Wichita, Kansas 67214
(316) 264-9303
The charity administers Operation Holiday in partnership with businesses, churches, and charities in Sedgwick County. There are food baskets passed out, toys for kids, clothing, and more. Proof of income, residency, identification and more is needed to obtain holiday assistance.

Toys for Tots and Operation Holiday
The following are application sites. They focus on people from the immediate area of the center. Applications for Christmas gifts from Toys for Tots are limited. Get new clothes, games, electronics, dolls or trucks, Legos, and other goods.
-Atwater Neighborhood City Hall - 2755 E 19th St N, Wichita, Kansas, dial (316) 303-8018
-Horace Mann Dual Language Magnet, 1243 N Market St, Wichita, Kansas 67214, phone (316) 973-3100
-Colvin Neighborhood City Hall is at 2820 S Roosevelt St, Wichita, Kansas 67210. Phone - (316) 303-8029
-Evergreen Neighborhood City Hall is at 2700 N. Woodland in the city.
-There are other application sites too. Learn more. https://wichita-ks.toysfortots.org/local-coordinator-sites/lco-sites/default.aspx?nPageID=100&nPreviewInd=200&nRedirectInd=3

 

 

 

Downtown Social Services
350 N Market
Wichita, KS 67202
Dial (316) 263-2769 for information.
Many programs are run. They offer medical care, government grants, and of course holiday help. The assistance is available in Sedgwick County from Angel Tree and Star of Hope. There are free diapers, toys for single parents with children, work items, and other services.

Wichita Citadel Corps
1739 S Elpyco
Wichita, Kansas 67218
(316) 685-8699
Emergency assistance is for families living in poverty and the low income. Christmas gifts, home delivery of holiday meals to seniors, bus passes, medications, and other programs are run. The charity, in partnership with the United Way, tries to help as many children as possible at Christmas.

United Way Referral Service and Resource Guide
There is a free service for anyone in Sedgwick County to call. Low income families, seniors, the working poor and others can learn about a wide variety of assistance programs, including holiday help. Meals, food baskets, small toys for teenagers and young families, and other Christmas assistance is available. Or learn about free winter coats, Thanksgiving turkeys, or even financial aid. More on Sedgwick County resources guide.

 

 

 

 

His Helping Hands, Inc.
Address: 1441 E. 37th St. N.
Wichita, KS 67219
Main number - (316) 838-8528
A Christmas gift distribution site.

We Care Dinner
402 N. Market
Wichita, KS 67202
(316) 264-4066
A free Thanksgiving dinner, with a turkey, is served. They also have clothing available in December, such as boots, gloves, winter jackets, hats, and more.

Salvation Army Centers in Sedgwick
They run Adopt a Family. Donations of gently used toys and gifts are given to children, and the entire family can get a free meal too. They also help during Thanksgiving, offer financial aid with heating bills, and other support. One center is at 350 N Market St. ((316) 263-2769) or 2331 N Amidon St. ((316) 832-0715). More on Salvation Army holiday assistance in Sedgwick County.

YMCA – Wichita
402 N. Market
Wichita, Kansas 67202
Phone number is (316) 219-9622
Only women, including single mothers, can get help. Toys, games, books, Clothing and more.

Sedgwick County Churches
They help the poor, homeless, low income, and immigrants among others. Free food at Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas, along with turkeys and hot meals. Holiday ingredients, stocking suffers for children, gift cards and other Christmas and holiday parties for the poor and seniors. More on
assistance from Sedgwick County Churches.

Saint Francis Community Services
Location - 4155 E Harry St.
Wichita, Kansas 67218
Main Phone: (316) 831-0330
Apply for food, presents for under the Christmas tree, and other services.

 

 

 

 

Assistance League of Sedgwick County and Wichita
2431 E. Douglas
Wichita, Kansas 67211
Main phone - (316) 687-6107

They give clothes, free Christmas toys, games, bears, and more for kids and teenagers. Mostly basic needs and free items are passed out. Games, books, shoes, and other goods are offered. There are also clothes, school supplies, video games or learning games and other Christmas gifts.

By Jon McNamara

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