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FREE Christmas Gifts and Food in Sacramento County, CA

FREE Christmas Gifts and Food in Sacramento County, CA

For many of us, living from paycheck to paycheck is simply the reality that we deal with every month. We struggle, but we do our best to make it through. However, when holiday season inevitably rolls around each year, we are reminded even more about how many restrictions we really have.


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Christmas should be a time of joy and happiness for everyone, regardless of what their bank accounts look like. For Sacramento County residents, there are a ton of options for events and assistance that will make your Christmas this year truly wonderful.



The Salvation Army runs a yearly Angel Tree Christmas Assistance Program for families with or without children. Families can apply to receive a holiday food basket, and children under 12 are also eligible for some free, fun Christmas toys. The program also operates a hotline to answer any of your questions about this service. Call (916) 669-2302 for more information.


Families receiving holiday assistance from the Salvation Army will also be eligible to receive a free, gently-used, artificial Christmas tree through California Backyard. Ask about receiving a tree to help make this Christmas a little bit brighter for your family.

The Sherrif’s Toy Project proudly serves upwards of 7,500 families during Christmas time with toys for children in need. The Toy Project helps the community in other ways by refurbishing old computers which are then donated to schools, and repairing bicycles which are given to families in times of crisis throughout the year.

Marine Toys for Tots is another great option for families needing a little extra help this Christmas. By filling out a simple online form, you’ll know instantly if you’ve been approved for assistance. Children 14 years of age and younger are eligible to receive a brand new, unwrapped toy this Christmas.

The Stanford Settlement is running a program to provide free Christmas baskets to families in need. Applications are open until the second week of December, depending on availability. Heads of household must apply in person at 450 West El Camino Ave., so be sure to bring along all of the proper documentation.

The Sacramento Public Library hosts an array of free events throughout the entire year for adults, teens, and children alike. Stop by the North Sacramento Hagginwood location on November 18th, 2017, for a fun seasonal craft. All supplies are free of charge, and your child will leave with a lovely craft perfect to keep or give as a gift. Take a look at their monthly event listing for more fun classes.

(While you’re there, check out a GoPro or Drum Set… or take advantage of one of these other library card perks!)

Carmichael Park hosts an annual tree-lighting ceremony on December 7th, 2017, an event free to all families. Kids can enjoy a craft project while parents listen to some live music by the River City Concert Band. After a visit with Santa (with the donation of one canned good per child), bask in the glow as the Christmas lights are flipped on at 6:15 p.m. This year, attendees will also be treated to a flurry of snowflakes!



Sacramento Loaves & Fishes serves an annual Christmas meal to Sacramento residents in need. Tuck into a warm, filling meal this Christmas, and bring some old-fashioned joy back to your holidays. Call (916)-446-0874 for more information.

Sharing God’s Bounty will host a free Christmas meal on December 19th, 2017, starting at 5:45 p.m. The word on the street is that Santa may be making a special appearance, so be sure to bring the kids along for a fun-filled evening.


Union Gospel Mission offers free food baskets year round to those who qualify. For more information on how to sign up for a special Christmas food box, give them a call at (916) 447-3268.

The Sacramento Food Bank serves the community all year with fresh produce and meals to get you through the unpredictable days. They also provide those in need with an abundance of different services, including immigration assistance and adult education.


Clothing donations allow the Sacramento Food Bank to keep our community safe from the cold during the holiday season. Articles of clothing can be picked up once a month, completely free of charge. Visit before Christmas to pick up some items to serve as gifts for your loved ones.

Central Downtown Food Basket has been serving the downtown and surrounding Sacramento areas since 1983. In addition to food, the CDFB also provides hygiene products and clothing to those in need. Pick-up locations can be found in Midtown, Rosemont, and River Park. Special services are also set aside for senior members of the public.

River City Food Bank offers food pickup every Saturday from their Midtown location at 1800 28th Street. Not sure if you qualify? CalFresh staff are ready to help you apply to start receiving your benefits. Check out their application assistance schedule to find a time that works best for you at one of their eight different screening locations.

Daughters of Zion offer food assistance programs every Thursday. Locals who are food insecure can pick up food once every 30 days. Additionally, Daughters of Zion run a clothes closet, where people in need can pick up gently used clothing as often as they like. Call (916) 422-4975 for more information.

The Sacramento Pet Food Bank wants to make sure that your four-legged friends aren’t suffering this holiday season. While you can’t put a value on the companionship of a pet, it can be difficult to keep up with the additional mouths that need feeding. There’s no need to prove eligibility to receive free pet food, but supplies are very limited.

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Christina Hibbs

Thursday 14th of October 2021

I’m a single mother of four kids I’m struggling to get bills paid and I am worried I’m not able to get my kids anything for Christmas is there a place to sign up my kids to get help with Christmas presents I tried everything online and so far not getting anywhere I live in Sacramento California I new to the state since March of 2021 please help


Monday 29th of November 2021

Low Income Relief is an information service and does not provide cash or items directly. You will need to search our website for information about organizations that can help you meet those needs. Chat with Lira, she might be able to help!


Friday 11th of December 2020

Hello I’m a single mother of 4 looking for some holiday support for me and my children things are not so bright and we need some help if you know any one let us know I would like to give my children and myself some support in this tough times for us.

Hannah Benge

Sunday 20th of December 2020

Are you in Sacramento? Do any of these resources help you? If you're in a different area, let me know where you are at. In the meantime, you can check here We hope this helps! -Hamnah

Mark Riley

Friday 16th of November 2018

Hi Lauren,

I tried to find a contact method on this website but this comment box looks like the only option I can find so far.

In any event, a local law firm is also helping to collect some toys for kids in Sacramento, and are an official "Toys For Tots" location this year. For more information, please visit:

If you are able to include any of the above in the post on this page, that would be appreciated.

Thank you!

Riley Thomson

Monday 19th of November 2018

Mark, Thanks for letting us know. -Riley