If you’re in the Lenoir area and you have fallen on hard times, rest assured that there are many people and organizations out there who can help you this holiday season.
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If you have kids, there are multiple organizations that will give your kids toys for free. There are also many food banks that will allow you to come by and pick up non-perishable food. Finally, there are many nonprofits that will serve hot ready-to-eat meals during the holidays. To learn more about the services available in the Lenoir area, read on.
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Salvation Army, Hickory:
This organization provides toys and Christmas stockings for the community’s annual Christmas Bureau program for families in need. They also run a number of other programs, such as the Boys and Girls Clubs for school-aged children, a shelter for homeless persons which also provides breakfast and evening meals, help with food and myriad other services.
Toys for Tots:
This is the Hickory location page for this annual event. It provides Christmas toys for needy kids.
The Christmas Bureau
There does not seem to be a website for this annual local event that helps out an estimated 1,500 families. In addition to toys, they do a giveaway of clothing and other items at American Legion Fairgrounds in Hickory as part of their annual event. This is aimed at helping needy families. There is an application process and families typically get a referral through a participating agency.
Participating agencies include:
Catawba County United Way, Catawba County Schools, Volunteer Center, Catawba County DSS, Eastern Catawba County Christian Ministry, Greater Hickory Cooperative Christian Ministry, Hickory Police Department, Hickory Fire Department, Hickory Public Schools, local foundations, Newton-Conover City Schools, The Salvation Army, Toys for Tots, WHKY Radio and WHKY TV, Newton and other fire departments, churches and civic clubs.
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Women’s Resource Center
This organization is located in Hickory. They have a food pantry that can be used once. They also provide other services for women and families.
Caldwell County Yokefellow
They have a food pantry, thrift store and other emergency services. Emergency assistance is available for families who qualify. They may offer Christmas food for families who are eligible for help.
Blue Ridge Community Action
For Caldwell County residents age 60 and over, there is both a nutrition program and home delivered meals. The nutrition program involves lunch and social activities at four different locations. For individuals who are homebound, meals can be delivered instead.
The following agencies seem to have no websites. Phone numbers or addresses have been listed, as available. They claim to have food banks.
Stony Point Christian Ministry:
They provide emergency food, cheap clothing ( $0.25 to $3 an item) and financial assistance. You will need to show a valid NC ID card or Driver’s license, or other valid photo ID. There is an application process and interview. Income guidelines apply. Alexander County residents must have a voucher for Alexander Co. DSS.
Lenoir Soup Kitchen:
This is a non-denominational, non-profit organization. They serve a free lunch every weekday from 11 a.m. to 12 noon. There is no application process. They ask that you read and follow the posted rules. You are expected to behave and to clean up after yourself. They will ask no questions and the meal is free. You do need to eat the meal on site. You cannot carryout food or drinks. They offer both a Thanksgiving and a Christmas meal.