Free Christmas Gifts & Toys in Stanislaus County, CA

(Last Updated On: January 4, 2019)

Things get tight for many families around the holidays, but if you’re finding yourself stuck in a position where you might be too tight to even make it through the holidays, you don’t need to be worried about what you can do. From Christmas dinners to toys to light up your child’s face on Christmas Day, there are many resources in Stanislaus County that will help you make the holidays special.

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Turlock Together – Christmas Assistance helps families with Christmas baskets and toys for families who are low income. The Turlock Together program is sponsored by the Salvation Army. Contact the Turlock location at (209) 669-5366.

Angel Tree Program – Modesto Citadel Corps helps families who are low income. The toys are available for children from 0-12 years old and each child will receive a toy. Families need to visit the location to put their name on an appointment sheet. They will then be informed of the process. For more information, families can call (209) 523-7577.

The Christmas Basket Giveaway is an event for families who live in parts of Stanislaus County. Residents are required to live in Modesto, Ceres, Empire and Salida with proof of residency. Families with children can enjoy gift baskets. The agency is able to speak English and Spanish so call (209) 572-3117 for details.


The Annual Community Christmas Dinner is sponsored by the Turlock Salvation Army Corps Community Center. It is an even that is held on a day before Christmas Day. It is open to everyone with no documentation required to come to the event. Those who want to come to the meal can get more information from (209) 669-5366 or visit the Turlock website.

The Christmas Meal is sponsored by the United Samaritans Foundation and happens on December 22, 2017. The program operates on a mobile basis throughout Ceres, Turlock, Modesto and Keyes and times range from 12:25 PM to 3:05 PM. To find out when the truck will be in your area, call (209) 668-4853.

Christmas Dinner and Gift Giveaway by the Turlock Gospel Missioin is an event that is open to everyone. The event is Spanish and English friendly. It is on December 22, 2017, at 12:00 PM and people who are interested can call (209) 529-8259. Gifts for men, women and children are given away at the dinner.


Salvation Army Christmas Food Box provides Christmas food boxes to those who are in need. The Salvation Army in Modesto Citadel is always taking appointments for families to come in and sign up on the appointment sheet. They will then be told what they need to bring with them to apply. These documents usually include CA identification, proof of income and proof of address, but applicants can call (209) 523-7577 before coming in.

New Life Christian Center Food Pantry offers a food pantry for those in need. The organization has some Christmas meal items available for those who need it during the holiday season. Those who are interested can call (209) 667-5433 for eligibility requirements.

Emergency Food box Program at Turlock is a program offered by the United Samaritans. People who are in immediate need of food for the holiday can contact (209) 668-4853 for a three-day supply of food.

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    November 20, 2018
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