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FREE Christmas Gifts & Food in Massachusetts

FREE Christmas Gifts & Food in Massachusetts

Need a little Christmas help? We know firsthand how frustrating it is when you can’t provide your kiddos with a huge holiday celebration. Sometimes, financial stress can make the holidays downright stressful and depressing. Fortunately, there are agencies that can help!

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Although we’ve written about the five primary agencies that assist with Christmas across the United States, there are countless smaller, local agencies that also assist with this desperate need.

If you don’t see your city/county listed below, leave us a comment and let us know!

In order to help your family have the best possible holiday season, we’ve enlisted a help of some additional researchers to find what Christmas resources exist in your local communities! Once you’ve made your request, we’ll forward it to our researchers. Once they’ve reviewed resources in your area, we’ll leave a comment here and let you know what they’ve found!

Each list includes free gifts and free food that will help your family make the most of your holiday season.

Happy holidays!
-Nicole

Here’s what we’ve researched in Massachusetts so far:

Remember – if you don’t see your area in the list, leave a comment below!

Franklin County

Franklin County includes Greenfield, Orange, Northfield, Bernardston, Buckland, Conway, Shutesbury-Erving, Deerfield, Montague, and Sunderland. If you live in any of these towns (or the surrounding area), then click here to find help for your holiday season!

Hampden County

If you live in Hampden, Springfield, Holyoke, Ludlow, Westfield, Monson, or anywhere else in Hampden County, then you may be able to receive help from a few agencies listed below.

Free Christmas Gifts in Hampden County, Massachusetts

My Brother’s Keeper in Easton invites low-income families to apply for their holiday assistance program during their time of struggle. With this holiday program, they want to make sure everyone’s holiday is bright by treating the entire family, not just the children. Each member of the family receives a gift and the family receives one $50 gift card to use at a local grocery store for food.

Northeast Center For Youth and Families in Easthampton invites low-income families living across Massachusetts and Northwest Connecticut to apply for their “Kids in Care” Holiday Gift program during the holiday season. This program connects disadvantaged families with volunteers who buy the family gifts, such as toys, books, and games for children, small gifts for adults, food, and clothing for everyone in the household.

Salvation Army in Brockton invites disadvantaged families with children aged newborn to 12 years old to apply for their Toy For Joy program. With this program, families receive several new toys for each of their children from generous community members and organizations.

Toys For Tots in Springfield invites disadvantaged families living in Hampden County to apply for their holiday assistance program. With this program, families with children aged newborn to 14 years old receive new, unopened toys for their children to open on Christmas morning.

The Toys for Tots program distributed 258,301 toys to 199,194 children in Berkshire, Franklin, Hampshire, and Hampden Counties. 

West Springfield Park and Recreation Department hosts their Operation Santa program each year to assist low-income families living in West Springfield. With this program, they deliver toy baskets and food baskets to registered families who cannot afford to purchase these items during the holidays.

There are five ways to apply for the program. You can complete the application in 5 ways. You can email them, take it to the drop box, mail it in, fax it, or take it to them in person.

Hampshire County

Residents of Hampshire County can get help from several agencies! We’ve found help in Amherst, Easthampton, Northampton, Hadley, Belchertown and more! Click here to see the full list.

Plymouth County

Of course, Plymouth County includes Plymouth. Whether you live in Brockton, Plymouth, Bridgewater, Marshfield, Middleborough, Hingham, Wareham, Scituate, Norwell, Pembroke or the surrounding area, we’ve found resources that can help your family with free Christmas gifts and food this holiday season!

Worcester County

In addition to the city of Worcester, this county also includes Leominster, Fitchburg, Shrewsbury, Milford, Gardner, Westborough, Grafton and more. If you live anywhere in Worcester County, then this list is what you’re looking for.

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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.

Nicole

Saturday 3rd of December 2022

Barnstable county please

Catherine Marucci

Saturday 3rd of December 2022

Hi Nicole. If the options above aren't useful in your area, it may be worth calling 211 to see if they know of anything else.

Mrs Claus

Tuesday 15th of November 2022

I’m sorry but I don’t want to sound mean but I just read through all of the comments before commenting myself and the amount of people who comment just basically not reading the post (which specifically says if your County is not listed, comment with your County) and someone will respond and let you know if that County is on their (this site’s) list - if not it will be added so people can help research for resources…. The majority of people who comment don’t even share which county they live in - I would really be surprised if even 25% actually shared their county. Also, this website (I’m not sure the details of how it is run so I apologize) but there is nothing whatsoever that would be considered misleading in any way, it’s a website sharing resources to help people with low income BY PROVIDING RESOURCES. THIS WEBSITE DOES NOT GIVE OUT MONETARY OR NON MONETARY ITEMS. Again I am so sorry I am just one person and I can only imagine how it feels to be the person or people who run this site seeing all these comments with people basically asking for help and I’m sorry but from the ones I read there are already resources available to every one of them that does in fact have children under 18. The fact this many people post these comments is just blowing my mind, that is just mind blowing. Again, I’m sorry I will stop reading now so I’m Not viewed as mean. Happy holidays

Angela

Sunday 13th of November 2022

Need help for my 2 grandchildren 14and 7 live with their disabled mom . She has no help for Christmas and I am homeless if I could help the girls I would she’s a great mom thank you

Catherine Marucci

Sunday 13th of November 2022

Hi Angela. It may be worth calling 211 to see if they know of anything in your local area.

Elizabeth

Tuesday 14th of December 2021

I have a 16 year old son.i am a single parent with brain injury.looking for christmas help with gifts and food.I realize I am late. Living in boston

Isaac

Monday 17th of January 2022

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, https://lowincomerelief.com/chat/

Linda Sokolowski

Sunday 28th of November 2021

I am a low income disabled grandmother and I have guardianship of my 9 yrs old granddaughter and I'm finding it hard financially to make ends meet and cannot afford Christmas for my granddaughter this year, i would appreciate any help anyone can give me, thank you Ms Linda Sokolowski 545 Adams street apt 21 Dorchester, mass, 02122

Isaac

Thursday 9th 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, https://lowincomerelief.com/chat/