FREE Christmas Gifts & Food in Iowa!

(Last Updated On: January 1, 2019)

Christmas can be difficult for Iowa families, especially when they can’t afford Christmas gifts or a special Christmas dinner for their families. We know firsthand how frustrating it is when you can’t provide your kiddos with the holiday celebration they expect or yearn for. Sometimes, the money just isn’t there.

Fortunately, we’ve found help! There are agencies all around Iowa that are dedicated to helping low income families (and especially children) have a blessed and enjoyable holiday season.

If you aren’t located in Iowa, then please click here to find free Christmas gifts and food in other US states. 

Get free Christmas gifts and food in Iowa!

No matter where in Iowa you’re located, these agencies may be able to help. They serve most of the United States.

Salvation Army

The Salvation Army is famous for their holiday bell-ringers who gather donations. In addition to these fundraising efforts, they also save Christmas for low income families across the country by providing free gifts and food. In order to get help from the Salvation Army, visit their website to find your local chapter. 

Toys for Tots

Toys for Tots is another famous Christmas campaign that distributes toys to children who need them. In order to receive help from the Marines Toys for Tots drive, you’ll need to visit their official website. 

Get free Christmas gifts and food in your local Iowa community!

There are many people and organizations working to save Christmas for local families. These agencies operate on a local level and can only be found by investigating what exists in your local community. We’re doing that research for you, one Iowa county at a time!

If you don’t see your county on this list, please leave a comment and let me know. This series is written entirely by reader request so we don’t start working on a new area until we receive a request for it.

Franklin County

There are many Churches and other charitable organizations that are working to save Christmas in Franklin County, Iowa! If you need a little help this holiday season, here’s a list of places that can help you.

Hardin County

Whether you live in the city of Eldora, Ackley or elsewhere in the county, we’ve done a lot of searching to find help for your family this holiday season! Here’s our list of Hardin County resources. 

Linn County

Linn County includes Cedar Rapids, Marion, Hiawatha, Mount Vernon and other cities. If you live in this county and you’ve ever wondered what kind of help is available for your family during the holidays, then this is the list you’ve been looking for.

Polk County

Polk County families that are having a hard time making ends meet this year will be relieved to see this long list of agencies that can help! We’ve found several agencies that can provide free food and gifts. Check it out.

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