Living on a limited budget doesn’t mean you can’t provide your family with a happy Christmas. Did you know that there are many organizations in and around Watonwan County, Minnesota that can help? There are programs that provide Christmas meals and food baskets as well as gifts for children.
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FREE Christmas Gifts in Watonwan County, MN
Christmas Sharing Tree is program operated by the St. James Women of Today. This program sets up Christmas tree around town with cards for specific children and their requested gifts. Applications can be picked up at the Human Services Building or the office of the Minnesota Valley Action Council.
FAST – Lakefield Food Shelf offers Christmas gifts for free to low income children through their Sharing Tree program. Each child that qualifies receives a gift and clothing. The program is for Lakefield residents that don’t utilize another Holiday program.
Hospitality House Youth Development operates a program called Christmas with Dignity. Registered participants can purchase brand new toys and gifts and deep discounts.
Salvation Army – Fairmont provides Christmas assistance through their Joy Shop for Martin County residents. The Joy Shop distributes Christmas meals for those in need and provides gifts for children age 10 and under.
Toys for Tots Minnesota offers toys for low-income children. A large number of businesses and individuals donate these toys and Minnesota residents need only to sign up on their website with the appropriate entity to receive free Christmas gifts.
FREE Christmas Meals in Watonwan, MN
Christian Community Outreach Center offers a homemade Christmas meal each year. This meal is free and open to anyone, and the Outreach Center can provide transportation.
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Cleveland Food Shelf will provide a Christmas basket with a turkey and an Easter basket with a ham for those who participate in the food shelf.
FAST – Lakefield Food Shelf operates from St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Lakefield, Minnesota. It provides food baskets on Christmas to Residents of Lakefield that do not use any other holiday programs.
Salvation Army – Northern Division offers Holiday meals on Christmas day to low-income families. Their meal service also delivers meals to low-income residents confined to their home. The Salvation Army runs a separate program that delivers food baskets to low-income families to help round out a healthy Christmas dinner at home.
Share the Spirit – Redwood County provides an enjoyable holiday to those in need through feed baskets for families with children up to 17 years old.
Watonwan County Food Shelf distributes food to the needy. Applicants need a referral from a local pastor or the Department of Human Services to be eligible.