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!
FREE Christmas Gifts in Pasadena, TX
The following agencies provide free holiday gifts for children in the Pasadena area.
Toys for Tots: They provide free Christmas gifts for children. You do need to look up your local coordinator for Harris County and preregister with them.
Salvation Army of Pasadena: Provides free Christmas gifts for needy children and seniors. You must register for the Angel Tree in advance. They also host hot meals, open to the public, for both Thanksgiving and Christmas. Historically, excellent restaurants like The Cheesecake Factory have helped prepare and cook some of the holiday meals, serving hundreds of needy locals in Pasadena. Salvation Army locations typically also serve as food pantries.
Catholic Charities: Provides a food pantry, Christmas help and many other programs.
Houston Children’s Charity: This organization has three Christmas programs. They do a Christmas party, a toy distribution and an Adopt a Family program. They also have a variety of other programs for needy families, including clothing distribution, providing beds for children and vehicles for families with a disabled, wheelchair-bound child.
My Brother’s Keeper Outreach Center: This organization has a Thanksgiving Meal Program for needy families. They provide the means for families to cook their own holiday meal at home. Their annual Children’s Christmas Social provides Chistmas gifts for children from one to twelve years old. They also have an Easter program, food bank and various other programs. Call them at (281) 498-9933 for additional details.
Houston Fire Department Holiday Outreach Program
Their annual Operation Stocking Stuffer provides up to 3 toys for qualifying needy children. Proof of residence is required to register for the program. It is run in partnership with New Life Christian church.
In addition to the services above which include food banks, such as the Salvation Army and My Brother’s Keeper Outreach Center, there are local food banks without holiday hot meal programs.
Pasadena Community Ministery: The food pantry helps low-income families who qualify. They might have help available during the holiday season for meal ingredients.
Church meals are often open to the public and include a sermon. They are typically viewed by the general public as a service for the homeless, but this is not necessarily true. You may sometimes see church meals advertised very locally, such as on signs on the church property. When out and about running errands, keep your eye out for this kind of information and write it down or make a note on your phone. Hot meals are commonly once a week events. Food pantries typically help out once a month.