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Worcester County free Christmas and holiday programs.

Charities local to the Worcester County provide free holiday and Christmas assistance to low income households as well as the working poor. 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. 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, and in Southbridge, as noted below.
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. Both low income and homeless from Worcester County can get help.

  • 196 Mechanic Street, Leominster, MA, 01453, dial (978) 840-0696
  • Address is 126 Main Street, Milford, Massachusetts, 01757. Telephone (508) 478-9632
  • 79 Elm Street, Southbridge, MA, 01550. Main phone number is (508) 765-5936
  • 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, bicycles and other Christmas gifts and even certificated. 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
10 New Bond St, Worcester, MA, 01606. Main phone (508) 754-2858
The program has free Toys for Tots for children from low income qualified families. There will be free Christmas gifts for kids age 14 to newborn. Games, books, electronics, clothes, and more is passed out.

WHEAT Community Services, Inc.
Location is 500 Main Street 2nd Floor
Clinton, MA, 01510
(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.





Coalition for the Homeless
(781) 595-7570 Ext: 12
They may be able to provide referrals to local groups in Worcester County.

Northborough Helping Hands Association, Inc.
P.O. Box 383
Northborough, Massachusetts, 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 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.

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.
62 Normandy Road
Fitchburg, MA, 01420
Call (978) 342-8617 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
(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.

The 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.

By Jon McNamara

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