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Need FREE Christmas gifts in Baltimore, MD? We totally understand how discouraging it can be to stare down the holidays after a long, hard year. Your children deserve the best… but sometimes, life kicks you down and you just don’t have the budget for the things you want them to have.
We get it. We’ve been there. And we’ve found help.
Get FREE Christmas Gifts in Baltimore, MD!
Baltimore City Police Neighborhood Services may provide Christmas baskets and gifts to those who need them. For toy assistance, families must have a child age 12 or younger. You will need to provide photo ID and current proof of residence.
Assistance is provided on a first-come, first-serve basis and may not be available every year. The United Way states that this service was not offered in 2016 but they don’t say anything about 2017. Call (410) 889-6499 on weekdays for more information and possible registration.
Bea Gaddy Family Center provides a Christmas Party and assistance for families with children up to 12 years old. To register, you must walk in to the office between 10am and 12pm, Monday through Friday. You’ll need Maryland state ID and your children’s birth certificates. Registration begins September 1 and continues until the list is filled!
Bea Gaddy Family Center also provides a Thanksgiving meal and other services throughout the year. They can assist with food, clothing, substance abuse counseling and other services.
Church of the Redeemed of the Lord provides holiday assistance to residents of the Baltimore City zip codes of 21212, 21218 and 21239. Sign up during the last week of November and first week of December to receive free toys and food!
City Temple Outreach of Baltimore provides assistance with Christmas baskets. Sign up by calling (410) 462-3461 in mid-November to sign-up. You must speak with someone to get your name on the list. You cannot leave it on a voicemail.
Grace and Hope Mission provides a Christmas basket to Baltimore, MD families and individuals who pre-register. You will need to write a letter requesting assistance. Letters can be submitted beginning October 17 and must be postmarked before December. Postcards will be mailed out with a specified pick-up day. Baskets will be distributed the week before Christmas, on the pick-up day specified on the postcards. You will need to provide the postcard and photo ID to receive your basket.
Grace and Hope Mission can also provide assistance with food and clothing throughout the year.
Homestead UMC Service Center provides a Christmas party for families with children age 12 or younger. Registration for the party is on a first-come, first-serve basis and children must be brought to the party. A meal and gifts will be provided.
New Psalmist Baptist Church provides help with food baskets and toys for children ages 18 and under in Baltimore, MD. Eligible families must reside in Baltimore City or Baltimore County. You must have at least one child (age 18 and under) or one senior (age 60+) or one dependent/disabled adult in the home to qualify. Distribution takes place in early December. Call 211 to be screened for eligibility and register for this program.
Ray of Hope Baptist Church provides gift cards to a limited number of families and individuals. Call the Church at (410) 254-3797 to sign up. This service is open to all residents of Baltimore.
Salvation Army of Baltimore provides holiday assistance for low income families. They provide a food basket and gift items to families with children. To receive help, you must register in advance. Sign-ups begin in mid-September.
Register by walking into the office at 3401 Roland Avenue between 9:30am and 3:30pm during the weekday. Bring three gift suggestions ($30 or less) for each child ages 12 and under. You must have Maryland state ID, proof of all income sources, proof of expenses (such as car payment, rent, power bills, etc), proof of residence, birth certificates for all children and the children’s clothing and shoe sizes.
St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church provides gifts and a complete Christmas meal (including meat) for just $12. All Baltimore, MD, city residents are eligible and there are no income restrictions. Come in person and provide proof of address to register. Sign up begins December 1st and the program is offered on a first-come, first-served basis.
Toys for Tots provide toys for children during the holidays. Click this link, select “Request a Toy” from the blue navigation menu near the top of the screen and enter your information to register for this program.
Enjoy a hot holiday meal in Baltimore, MD!
Franciscan Center provides a Christmas meal for those who need it.
Helping Up Mission provides a free hot holiday meal for homeless men on Thanksgiving and Christmas. The holiday meals are served on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day between 11am and 2:30pm. The Mission also provides emergency overnight shelters and a halfway home.
Moveable Feast provides a Christmas meal to those who live with HIV, cancer, renal disease, cardiovascular disease or other life-threatening conditions.
My Brother’s Keeper provides a free meal on Christmas Eve in Baltimore, MD. Everyone is welcome. The meal occurs between 11am and 1pm on Christmas Eve.
Our Daily Bread provides free hot meals on holidays. Holiday meals are served on Thanksgiving between 10am and 12pm and on Christmas between 10:30am and 12:30pm.
This agency also provides a soup kitchen, clothing vouchers and referrals throughout the year. The clothing vouchers are distributed on Wednesday and Thursdays beginning at 8:30am. The first eight individuals receive a $90 gift certificate that can be redeemed at Value Village Thrift Store! You can receive one every six months.
The Door provides a Christmas lunch (and a turkey) during mid-December. You need to sign up in advance, usually by December 10th. Call (410) 675-3288 for details!
Enjoy a delicious holiday meal at home with help from these agencies.
Project Harvest provides gift cards to those who need help purchasing groceries for their holiday meal in Baltimore, MD. Sign up begins around November 1st and is on a first-come, first-served basis. You must call between 10am and 3pm, Tuesday through Friday, to be placed on the list. Call (410) 752-6123!