Free Christmas Assistance in Georgia [2019 Guide]
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The holidays can be a financially stressful time for anyone, but especially for those who are barely meeting their basic needs. Fortunately, there are a ton of programs that offer free Christmas assistance in Georgia.
To help relieve some of your holiday stress, we have put together a list of all the nonprofit organizations and programs offering free holiday food and toy assistance in Georgia.
To qualify for the Christmas Food Assistance Programs you must be a low-income, Georgia resident and meet each organization’s requirements.
For a list of all the Free Christmas Food Assistance available in Georgia including registration and contact information, keep reading below.
Free Christmas Assistance in Georgia [2019 Guide]
Below is a list of all the organizations offering Free Christmas Dinner in Georgia this year.
We provide you with the organization name, program offerings, registration requirements and instructions, address and contact information.
StreetWise Holiday Assistance
Nonprofit organization, StreetWise hosts their annual “Birthday Party for Jesus” Christmas event. Those who attend will receive:
- Each child will receive one (1) free wrapped gift
- Each family will receive a free Christmas Take-Home Meal box
- Live entertainment with Christmas music and messages of hope
Saturday, December 21st 2019
8:00am – 4:00pm
1770 Cedars Road
Lawrenceville, Georgia 30045
You must register for this event in advance. Use the contact information provided below to call and register for the event.
Phone Number: 678-985-9952 or 678-985-9915
Hours: Monday, Tuesday & Thursday 10:15AM – 2PM
Feeding GA Families Christmas Gift Program
The nonprofit organization, Feeding GA Families is holding their annual Christmas Gift Program for 2019. Their program provides needy families with access to free Christmas gifts for children.
To receive their Christmas assistance, you must register in advance.
Register for Free Christmas Gifts
To register, visit their website and fill out the form. Once complete, click the “Submit” button at the bottom of the page.
MUST Ministry Toy Shop
The MUST Ministries organization hosts an annual Toy Shop that serves nearly 20,000 children during the holiday season. Children living in Cherokee and Cobb counties receive:
- Family Game
You must register for the Toy Shop in advance. To register, contact or visit the Cobb or Cherokee County MUST Ministries Office. The registration and contact information for each office is listed below.
Cherokee County Toy Shop Registration Information
Cherokee County MUST Ministries Office
111 Brown Industrial Parkway
Canton, GA 30114
Monday, October 21, 2019 – Wednesday, October 23, 2019
4:00pm – 7:00pm
Cobb County Toy Shop Registration Information
Cobb County MUST Ministries Office
1407 Cobb Parkway N
Marietta, GA 30062
Monday, October 28, 2019 – Wednesday, October 30, 2019
4:00pm – 7:00pm
Required Documents for Registration
In order to register for the MUST Toy Shop, you need to provide the following information:
- Picture ID for the Parent or Guardian (Driver’s License, Passport, etc.)
- Birth Certificate for each Child
Simple Needs GA Christmas Assistance
Georgia nonprofit organization, Simple Needs GA offers assistance during the holiday season through their Spirit of Christmas program. Their Christmas assistance program aims to fill the gaps by helping families in Cobb County.
The Spirit of Christmas program helps low-income Georgia families that were unable to register for other local programs such as the MUST Toy Shop, Cobb Christmas and Toys for Tots.
Register for the Spirit of Christmas Program
If you would like to register your child for free toys through the Spirit of Christmas Program, you must sign up in advance. To sign up, please email [email protected].
North Fulton Community Charity Santa Shop Program
Nonprofit organization, North Fulton Community Charities (NFCC) provides toys and gifts to local children in need during the holidays. The NFCC Santa Shop is unique because parents are able to pick our unwrapped toys for their child’s holiday gifts.
Saturday, December 14th & Sunday, December 15th 2019
310 North Point Circle
Alpharetta, GA 30022
You must be qualified and pre-registered before the event.
To be eligible for the Santa Shop Program, you must meet the following requirements.
- Must live in Fulton County, Georgia
- Have a NFCC Application on file (with required documentation)
- Completed an annual Interview
- Have no restrictions of Service
- Must not be participating in another Holiday Assistance Program
- Must provide a Valid Photo ID Card
You must register for this event in person at the NFCC Education Center. The address is provided below:
11255 Elkins Road
Roswell, GA 30076
If you are new to the NFCC, you can register for assistance here.
Lift Up Atlanta Christmas Toy Giveaway
The nonprofit organization, Lift Up Atlanta has been helping low income families in the Atlanta community since 2011. Each year toys are given to near 1,000 needy children in the community from their Christmas Toy Drive.
Each child registered for the Christmas Toy Giveaway will receive:
- Children ages 0-12 will receive 3 to 5 new toys
- Children age 13 and over will receive a gift card(s)
Saturday, December 21, 2019
10:00am – 1:00pm
To register your child for the Christmas Toy Giveaway, please use the information provided below to contact Lift Up Atlanta.
In the Meantime Ministries Christmas Dinner
Throughout the year, In The Mean Time Ministries gives away more than 1.2 million pounds of food and serves more than 10,000 hot meals to the community. Their annual Christmas Dinner program provides a very special dinner including toys and Christmas baskets to the community.
All details regarding the Thanksgiving Dinner including location, date, and time are provided below:
Thursday, November 28, 2019
The Shepherd House
186 Alexander Street
Marietta, GA 30060
For more information on the Christmas Dinner Program, use the contact information below.
Salvation Army Christmas Assistance
The Salvation Army is as a staple during the holiday season with their signature red kettles. It’s no surprise that they also offer a variety of assistance to those in-need during Christmas. Every Georgia Salvation Army location offers holiday meals, toys, and clothing to low-income families during the holiday season.
Holiday Assistance Near You
If you are financially struggling this holiday season, contact the Georgia Salvation Army location near you. They can provide you with more information on the Christmas assistance available to you and your family. Click here to find a Salvation Army location near you.
Toys for Tots
Since 1947, the Marine Toys for Tots has been bringing the joy and hope of Christmas to America’s less fortunate children. In Georgia, there are several Toys for Tots programs that can help provide your child with a new gift this holiday.
How to Apply for Free Toys in Georgia
If you would like to receive free toys from Toys for Tots this Christmas, you must apply for the program. To apply for free toys, follow these steps:
- Visit the Georgia Toys for Tots website.
- Select the Georgia City or County where you live from the dropdown menu.
- Once you are on the County or City Toys for Tots page, click the red “Apply for Toys” button located at the top of the page.
- Follow the Application Instructions listed on the page to apply for toys.
The Empty Stocking Fund Christmas Toy Assistance
Since 1927, the Empty Stocking Fund has been helping Atlanta-metro families that need some extra help during the holiday season. Their goal is to empower parents and guardians living in poverty by providing them with the opportunity to give their children gifts at Christmas.
2019 Holiday Gift Distribution at Santa’s Village
Each holiday season, the Empty Stocking hosts Santa’s Village gift and toy warehouse. To be eligible for free Christmas toys at Santa’s Village, your child must be:
- Age 0-12 years old
- Living in the Atlanta-metro area
- Receiving any form of public assistance
If your child meets all of these requirements, they are eligible to receive free Christmas toys from the Empty Stocking Fund at Santa’s Village.
Santa’s Village Eligibility
To receive free toys, please bring proof of benefits and a photo ID with you to Santa’s Village. Insurance cards and SNAP/EBT cards are not acceptable proof of benefits.
You must provide official documentation with your child’s name and current dates of coverage. Any of the following programs are eligible:
- Medicaid / SNAP – Notice of Eligibility Decision
- SSI/Disability Income – Notice of Award
- Foster Care – Placement letter from DFCS / approved agency (one per child)
- Childcare and Parent Services – CAPS certificate (one per child)
The last day you can receive free Christmas toys is Saturday, December 21, 2019.
Santa’s Village Location Information
If you would like to visit Santa’s Village, use the location information provided below.
970 Jefferson St NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
Monday-Thursday, 9am – 7pm
Friday – Saturday, 9am – 5pm
Sunday – Closed
Parking is located past the entrance to Santa’s Village on the left. Please do not park in any areas that are not specifically designated as Santa’s Village Parking. Your car will be booted or towed!
For more information about the Empty Stocking Fund’s Free Christmas Toy Program, visit their website here.
Free Christmas Food Assistance
If you are facing hunger this holiday season, there is help available to you. Please contact or visit your local Georgia food bank for free food. They can provide you with free holiday meals, holiday food boxes, hot meals, and more.
Get Help Near You
To find the Georgia food bank in your county, click here to view our complete list of Georgia Food Banks.
If you need additional help finding a partner organization near you, call the United Way’s 2-1-1 Help Phone Number. They will provide you with a food assistance agency near you.
Christmas Food & Toy Assistance Programs in Georgia
We hope this guide on all the organizations offering free Christmas assistance in Georgia was helpful. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to improve our content in the comment section below.
We will continue to update this post as more opportunities for free Christmas food and toys in Georgia become available. Also, be sure to stay updated on all the free food assistance available in Georgia at our blog.
We want to wish you and your family a safe, happy, and warm holiday season! We look forward to health and happiness as we ring in the new decade ahead!