Live in the Broward County area and need help for the holidays? From Fort Lauderdale to Pompano Beach, here’s a list of places to make your Christmas bright.
Free Toys, Gifts, and Food in Broward County
Broward Outreach Center offers food, shelter, medical and substance abuse treatment, and job training. At Christmastime, they also pass out over 6,000 free toys to needy children. Call (954) 926-7417.
Catholic Charities Miami helps the needy in South Florida. For free toys, food, or other needs, contact a church in your community or call (305) 754-2444.
Charlene’s Angels on Earth in Pembroke Pines helps victims of domestic abuse. They also have a holiday adopt-a-family program. To qualify, call (754) 484-0137.
Dressing Children with Pride offers new shoes, clothing, and other items for the needy at their Neat Stuff store, but the emphasis is on children from the Dade County region. They also provide Halloween costumes and clothes for special occasions like proms. Sick children receive stuffed animals. Call (305) 638-5878 for more information.
Gateway Community Outreach in Deerfield Beach provides clothing, food, and referrals throughout the year. During the holidays, they offer special events, visits with Santa, free toys, and holiday dinners. Call (954) 725-8434 or email [email protected]
Homestead Soup Kitchen serves hot meals all year to individuals or families with no questions asked. They also serve Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas meals. Free toys or small gifts are sometimes available. Call (305) 245-7448 for information.
Jubilee Center of South Broward, Inc. in Hollywood offers emergency resources and relief to those in need. They also provide Thanksgiving and Christmas breakfasts as well as free toys and gifts when supplies are available. Call (954) 920-0106.
Kids in Distress (KID) of Broward County works with children who are disadvantaged, at-risk, or abused. Special help may be available during the holidays. Children who receive services must be referred from ChildNet or Broward Sherriff’s Office Child Protective Services. For information, call (954) 390-7654.
Make A Wish Foundation grants wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses. Christmas gifts may be requested as a wish. Friends, medical professionals, or family can refer children between the ages of two and 18 years.
Marine Corps Toys for Tots passes out free toys and gifts to children ages 14 and under. Call (305) 628-5173 or fill out an application online. Parents, family, friends, teachers, or social workers may apply.
Neighbors 4 Neighbors helps people in Broward County, Monroe County, and the Miami-Dade area. They have an adopt-a-family program, an Operation Elf program, and more. Dial 211 or contact the Christmas Bureau of the United Way of Broward County for a referral.
Omega Church Outreach in Oakland Park sponsors a toy drive each year. They give out free groceries and provide a hot lunch every Wednesday. Call (954) 773-4444 for more information.
Ray of Hope Outreach gives free Christmas toys and gifts to children and youth of low-income families. Call (954) 532-5913.
Salvation Army Inc. sponsors an Angel Tree Holiday Program that gives free toys and clothing to children in need. They also work with other agencies to distribute toys, food, and other needs during the holiday season. To apply, call (954) 524-6991 or find a store near you.
St. Vincent de Paul of South Florida helps with food, clothing, disaster recovery, and bills. It also provides holiday assistance, such as offering free toys or clothing, and runs thrift stores in the area. Call (954) 395-6817.
The Holiday Project is a national organization with a branch in Broward County. The program sends volunteers to visit people in nursing homes, hospitals, or other institutions. You can request a visit for someone you know or volunteer to visit someone during the holidays. Sometimes the best gift is helping others. It’s free, and it’s a good activity for the family.
USPS Operation Santa provides free toys and gifts to low-income children who write letters to Santa through the post office. Get information about how the program works or directions for writing a letter here. Visit the national directory to find a location near you.
Free Toys and Gifts for Special Groups in Broward County
Christmas Spirit Foundation runs Trees for Troops to provide homegrown Christmas trees to families living on military bases. Contact the Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR) officer on your base to request a tree.
Operation Christmas Spirit provides free toys and gifts to military families, individuals, and children. They also run other programs throughout the year.
Project Angel Tree offers free toys to children of prison inmates. For questions about Project Angel Tree, call 1-800-55-ANGEL (2-6435)
Free Food in Broward County
These food pantries serve food throughout the year, and some provide special assistance during the holidays. Please contact each organization for details and eligibility before visiting. Many churches and charities not listed here also provide holiday meals and other assistance. If you don’t find what you’re looking for, talk to schools or churches in your community. They can often help or make referrals.
All Saints Soup Kitchen in the Catholic Mission offers Thanksgiving and Christmas meals to the elderly, disabled, and needy. Call (954) 396-3086. The soup kitchen is also open every day of the year from 2:00 to 3:30 PM.
Boca Helping Hands provides job training, dental and health care, children’s services, a food pantry, and a hot meal program. For more information, call (561) 417-0913.
Broward Outreach helps with food and other needs during the holiday. See above or call (954) 926-7417.
Homestead Soup Kitchen serves hot meals all year, no questions asked. They also serve Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas meals. See above or call (305) 245-7448.
Hope Outreach Center in Fort Lauderdale runs a food pantry with food and personal items. They work with youth, families, the elderly, and the sick. Call (954) 358-1481.
Jubilee Center of South Broward, Inc. in Hollywood offers holiday meals and more. See above or call (954) 920-0106.
Miami Rescue Mission offers food and other kinds of help to the homeless. See above or contact them online.
Neighbors for Neighbors works with United Way and other partners to meet the needs of people who are in crisis or otherwise disadvantaged. See above or dial 211.
Omega Church Outreach in Oakland Park give out free groceries and serves a weekly lunch on Wednesdays. Call (954) 773-4444 for more information. See above.
Our Father’s House Soup Kitchen in Pompano Beach serves hot lunches every Monday through Friday from 11:00-1:30. They also provide emergency food and clothing as needed. Call (954) 801-8283.
San Isidro Catholic Church Food Ministries in Pompano Beach runs a food pantry. Call (954) 978-2302 for more information.
St. Vincent de Paul feeds the hungry at several locations in South Florida. See above or call (954) 395-6817.
The Pantry of Broward is a food kitchen for seniors (60+ years) who live on low incomes and grandparents raising their grandchildren. After meeting with the director of client services, each family receives a 55-pound box of nutritious food every month. Included are food staples, such as fresh fruit and vegetables and bread. The pantry also helps with healthcare, housing, and other benefits. Call (954) 968-7550.
The Soup Kitchen in Boynton Beach feeds people in need regardless of their circumstances. Services include food, clothing, vaccinations, Thanksgiving turkeys, and a visit with Santa. The kitchen is open 365 days a year.