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Free Christmas and holiday programs Worcester County MA.

Charities in Worcester County provide free holiday, Christmas and Thanksgiving assistance to low income households as well as the working poor. Find how to apply for Angel Tree from the Salvation Army, Toys for Tots for children, or get free holiday food baskets or Thanksgiving dinners. Many of the agencies will also provide additional financial support around the holiday time frame, and that can include things such as financial help for bills or housing, but the focus is on spreading the holiday joy.

Most of the holiday assistance is focused on helping families with children as well as the elderly, but the charities will do their best to at least provide a meal or a companionship to anyone in need. There are also free holiday programs, including presents or Christmas gift cards, to single mother run homes. Children can also get free gifts such as Legos, clothes, video games, matchbox cars and other goods. On the other hand, children may be able to receive free toys or gifts, such as a game or maybe article of clothing.

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Worcester
This charity and church has several locations in the area, including Milford, Leominster, the city of Worcester, and in Southbridge, as noted below. They are volunteer driven and focus on helping the poor, immigrants, and vulnerable year round and at the holidays of Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Many services are administered by the churches, including at the holidays of Thanksgiving and Christmas. There will be toys, meals, and seasonal food items from the pantry. Free gift cards for parents to get a turkey at stores such as Stop and Shop or Wal-Mart may be given too. Both low income and homeless from Worcester County can get help.

  • 196 Mechanic Street, Leominster, MA, 01453, dial (978) 840-0696
  • Address is 200 Main Street, Milford, MA 01757. Call 508-234-3800
  • 79 Elm Street, Southbridge, MA, 01550. Main phone number is (508) 765-5936
  • Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Worcester-Southbridge has a free food pantry and Toys for Tots applications. The address is 10 Hammond Street, Worcester, MA 01610. Call 508-798-0191
  • Find other details on Catholic Charity assistance programs in Worcester County.

Salvation Army holiday programs
Most of these locations are regionalized, and only cover certain portions of the county or towns. They operate services such as the Angel Tree, which collects toys and presents from the community and then provides them to children. There may be games or dolls for kids, free toy trucks, Matchbox cars, bicycles and other Christmas gifts and even certificates. Senior citizens may get home delivered meals, and other resources are also provided, such as a Turkey at Thanksgiving or Christmas food.

 

 

 

  • 29 Congress Street, Milford, Massachusetts, 01757, dial (508) 473-0786. This location is only for Hopedale, Milford and Mendon.
  • Fitchburg/Montachusett Corps centers - 739 Water St., Fitchburg, MA, 01420. Call (978) 342-3300. There is also a food pantry with holiday items.

Worcester Toys For Tots
The program has free Toys for Tots for children from low income qualified families. Many clients are single moms or the working poor/unemployed. There will be free Christmas gifts for kids age 14 to newborn. Games, books, electronics, clothes, Legos, winter coats, hot wheel care and more is passed out. Call or apply here. https://worcester-ma.toysfortots.org/local-coordinator-sites/lco-sites/default.aspx?nPageID=100&nPreviewInd=200&nRedirectInd=3

WHEAT Community Services, Inc.
Location is 44 High St, Clinton, MA 01510. Call (978) 365-6349
Many services are available, ranging from referrals to Christmas gifts, toys, winter clothing and meals.

Saint Anne's Church
130 Boston Turnpike, Shrewsbury, MA, 01546. Telephone number is (508) 799-4169
The non-profit has a food pantry, which can have holiday food, meats, and similar goods. People can also shop at the low cost thrift store, and some very low income families may receive a free voucher for gifts or clothing.

Several other charities offer free Thanksgiving and/or Christmas help in Worcester County. Many are toys for tots application sites. But they also have free food pantries or soup kitchens for meals, small toys for kids, free gift cards to buy a Thanksgiving turkey, and other goods.

  • Faith Baptist Church is at 22 Faith Ave, Auburn, Massachusetts 01501. Call 508-832-5044
  • House of David Tabernacle can process Toys for Tots at 21 Prichard St, Fitchburg, Massachusetts 01420. Call (978) 516-3096
  • Iglesia Pentecostal Voz de Dios is at 85 Hamilton St, Southbridge , Massachusetts, 01550. For information on holiday help, call 774-386-5553 or (774) 334-0713. A major focus is on immigrants and Spanish speakers in Worcester County.
  • Green Island Neighborhood Center, 50 Canton Street, Worcester, Massachusetts, 01610. Call 508-890-2737
  • Shalom International Chaplain Inc - 97B Webster St, Worcester, Massachusetts 01603. Call 508-579-2265
  • The Good Samaritan Food Program Inc has a soup kitchen and food pantry at 39 Piedmount St., Worcester, Massachusetts, 01610. Call 508-304-150 or (774) 253-1619.

 

 

 

 

St. John's Food for the Poor Program - Saint John's Catholic Church
Location is 44 Temple St, Worcester, MA 01604. For information, dial (508) 756-7165
They operate an Adopt a Family gift giving program for a small number of children. There are gender specific toys, hygiene supplies, games, Christmas gifts and other items. Families, the elderly, and homeless may also be able to get a free holiday meal or food basket.

Coalition for the Homeless
(781) 595-7570 Ext: 12
They may be able to provide referrals to local groups in Worcester County. This includes free meals (including the holidays), basic needs, clothes, maybe Christmas or birthday toys for kids and more.

Northborough Helping Hands Association, Inc.
Location is 63 Main St, Northborough, MA 01532. Main phone number is (508) 393-5020
What may be offered is free Thanksgiving and Christmas meals,. There is home delivered items for seniors as well as toys, gifts, clothing, and similar goods.

Mustard Seed
93 Piedmont Street, Worcester, MA, 01609. Main phone (508) 754-7098
Many services are administered, ranging from free food at Thanksgiving and Christmas to vouchers or financial aid.

Centro Las Americas
Location is 11 Sycamore Street, Worcester, MA, 01608. Call (508) 798-1900
Many migrant workers, Spanish speakers and others from Worcester County can get help. Toys, games, clothes, winter coats and more, based on donations.

Friendly House
36 Wall Street, Worcester, MA, 01604. Telephone number is (508) 755-4362
Many services are offered to the low income. Food, meals, holiday baskets, and referrals are just some of the examples of services. The agency is a regional non-profit. Housing, food, hot meals, and other support is offered. In some cases special, free Christmas, Thanksgiving food boxes are offered. More on help from Friendly House.

My Brother's Keeper
Location is 1015 Reed Rd, Dartmouth, MA 02747. For applications, call (774) 305-4577
The entire family can get help. Parents can be given food or small Christmas presents. They also help children, teenagers, and infants. Whether a tablet, free computer, winter clothes, or small toys for kids, help is offered.

Urban Missionaries of Our Lady of Hope
Address is 242 Canterbury St., Worcester, MA 01603. Phone - (508) 831-7455
A small number of Christmas, Thanksgiving, and Easter help may be offered. Free Christmas toys, stocking stuffers, clothes, games and more. A small number of struggling families and kids may be assisted.

 

 

 

 

MOC - Montachusett Opportunity Council, Inc.
601 River St, Fitchburg, MA 01420. For information, dial (978) 345-7040 for an application or information.
A free food pantry is operated, which may have some free food items.

North County center
Address is 196 Mechanic Street, Leominster, Massachusetts, 01453. Phone - (978) 840-0696
The working poor and vulnerable can receive food and other direct help, maybe even vouchers for a gift. Donations are needed from the community.

Boys & Girls Club of Worcester
Address is 65 Boys & Girls Club Way, Worcester, MA 01610. Call (508) 754-2686
In addition to the other programs, such as education and learning, there are holiday resources. Free sporting equipment, Christmas present and other stuff.
 

By Jon McNamara

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