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York County Pennsylvania free Christmas assistance.

Charities provide Christmas assistance across York County. The programs, which rely on volunteers, businesses, and donations of toys or food, often help hundreds of children from low income or working poor families each year. A small toy from a York Pennsylvania agency will often be passed out as the same time as a hot Christmas meal is served. The other resources may include the following.

  • Income qualified clients with children can receive free toys, games, books, and clothing.
  • Senior citizens in York County may receive a Christmas meal delivered to their home or care facility.
  • Holiday food baskets and meals, such as turkeys, may be offered at Thanksgiving or Christmas.
  • Toys for Tots and other regional services in York County.

Donations are collected from people, churches and businesses. The items supplies at the holidays will generally be gently used, but some children may be given new toys. Or a family can also seek a voucher or gift certificate, as some charities may offer those too. More information is below.

First Presbyterian Church of York
Address is 225 East Market Street
York, Pennsylvania, 17403
For information, dial 717-848-8869
A program known as Caring Company may offer Christmas gifts and baskets.

Community REACH, Inc.
Address is 15 First Avenue
Red Lion, PA, 17356
Main number is 717-244-6934
The only support the Red Lion, Dallastown, and Eastern York School Districts, and only assist current clients. Walk-ins are not accepted. The non-profit will provide donated items, such as toys and gifts. There are also extra holiday meals and food, including at Thanksgiving and Christmas.





York Community Outreach Alliance
There is a toy giveaway for children under the age of 14. Parents need to apply to the York County organization, and the items are passed out in person.

Emmanuel's Closet
Location is 780 Lombard Road
Red Lion, Pennsylvania, 17356
Dial 717-244-0655
Everything from Christmas toys or meals are combined with food, household supplies, winter coats, and much more.

York Benevolent Association
301 Kings Mill Road
York, Pennsylvania, 17403

Dover New Hope Ministries
211 South Baltimore Street
Dillsburg as well as York South Pennsylvania, 17019
Main number is 717-292-3441

Christmas programs range from books, holiday gifts, Easter candy, and other support for low income families. The charity is part of Toys for Tots.

Salvation Army of York Seasonal Programs
Address is 30 East King Street
York, Pennsylvania, 17401
Telephone: 717-848-2364
The non-profit operates Angel Tree and a Christmas cheer program. There may be free gifts, winter coats, shoes, and other items. Seniors or the disabled in York can sign up for holiday Meals on Wheels.

US Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots, Central and Southern York County
Needy children from low income families can get help. Toys, food boxes, clothing, shirts, boots, and more may be passed out based on donation levels.





Dillsburg/Wellsville - Toys for Tots
Residents of this region can dial 717-226-1966.

Community Progress Council, Inc. - Mason-Dixon Community Services
5 Pendyrus Street
Delta, PA, 17314
Main phone - 717-456-5559
A holiday adoption programs is in place. Entire families may be supported by volunteers of this charity.

United Way of York County
Referrals to food at the holidays may be given from a clearinghouse that can be reached at 717-846-8899.

Grace Lutheran Church of Red Lion
220 North Charles Street
Red Lion, PA, 17356

Living Word Community Church
The main address is 2530 Cape Horn Road
Red Lion, Pennsylvania, 17356
Dial 717-801-6492
Games, books, clothing for kids and teenagers, as well as other help is given. There are also free Christmas and Thanksgiving meal programs.

New Life For Girls
POB 170
Dover, Pennsylvania, 17315 also York South, Pennsylvania, 17315
Call 717-266-5614
The agency is part of Toys for Tots in York County. both girls and boys can get free gifts, if their parents meet the qualifications for this Christmas assistance program.

Red Lion Community Progress Council
213 East Lancaster Street
Red Lion, Pennsylvania, 17356
Dial 717-417-3354
Basic needs, Christmas adopt a family programs, food, and other services are arranged for working poor families or the unemployed. There is also support for seniors, gift boxes during Christmas, and referrals to financial aid, such as for heating bills during the expensive winter seasons.



By Jon McNamara

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