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FREE Christmas Gifts & Food in Iowa!

FREE Christmas Gifts & Food in Iowa!

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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Nicole leads the Low Income Relief team with over 20 years of professional research and writing experience. Nicole started Low Income Relief after a personal experience with poverty. When her husband was medically discharged from the US Army, their family experienced tremendous financial hardship. Nicole was able to gather help from multiple community agencies and move into a nearby low income housing unit in just two weeks! Since then, Nicole has been dedicated to helping low income families in crisis. She regularly spends hundreds of hours combing through countless resources to make sure that Low Income Relief has the most comprehensive and complete resource directories on the internet today. Prior to starting Low Income Relief, Nicole worked as a novelist, journalist, ghostwriter and content creator. Her work has been featured in various print and online publications, including USA Today, eHow, Livestrong, Legal Beagle, The Daily Herald, The Chronicle and more.

Nikki Valdez

Friday 10th of December 2021

Lee County (Fort Madison), Iowa


Monday 13th of December 2021

The organizations in our list should be able to help you with this, but unfortunately Low Income Relief does not provide gifts, food or funds directly. You will need to contact the organizations in this list for assistance or chat with Lira! She should be able to help,

Terry Blackbird

Monday 7th of December 2020

Hello I live in the Woodbury county area. Sioux City and I'm needing help with christmas single u employed grandmother

Hannah Benge

Monday 7th of December 2020

I've added this to the research list. In the meantime, check here for help -Hannah

Patricia Meyer

Thursday 29th of October 2020

Yes I live in page county Iowa Clarinda Iowa to be exact and looking for help for the winter holidays thx so much

Hannah Benge

Friday 30th of October 2020

I've added this to the research list. Thanks for letting us know -Hannah


Thursday 24th of September 2020

Des Moines county help?

Hannah Benge

Saturday 26th of September 2020

I've added this to the research list! Thank you! -Hannah

Shayla Stocker

Wednesday 11th of December 2019

Mahaska County would be a huge blessing to find information about assistance with Christmas

Riley Thomson

Monday 23rd of December 2019

Shayla, I went ahead and put this on the research list. Thanks. -Riley