If you live in Clark County, NV, and need help for the holidays, we have good news. From Mesquite to Las Vegas, here is a list of places to get free toys, food, and more.
Get Free Toys and Gifts in Clark County, NV
Free Stuff from Nonprofits
Boys and Girls Clubs of South Nevada helps disadvantaged youth. Some organizations also provide holiday help for children in their system.
Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth helps teens in crisis. At Christmas, they host a Holiday Giving Campaign. They ask the community to help fill items from the teen’s wish lists. They they host an annual It’s a Wrap Holiday Block Party to prepare and wrap the donated gifts. They also help homeless teens get bus passes, birth certificates and other essentials year round.
Salvation Army Southern Nevada gives free clothing, toys, and games to low-income children. Every year, parents register children’s wishes for Angel Trees. Low-income families or seniors can also register to be “adopted”. Visit online for locations.
Free Stuff from Churches
Catholic Charities in Southern Nevada helps people regardless of race, religion, or creed. St. Vincent offers more than 2,000 meals on wheels every day, runs a food pantry six days a week, and serves Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners to the homeless and disadvantaged. In addition, they help with housing, social services, and immigration.
Lutheran Social Services of Nevada operates a food pantry and supports families and seniors all year. They also give out baskets of Thanksgiving food to low-income families and match donors (Santas) with needy children for free Christmas toys, clothing, shoes, or other items on their wish list.
Free stuff from the Marines, Police, and USPS
Toys for Tots, sponsored by the US Marine Corps, gives free toys to children up to age 12, but the age may be extended to 16 in some cases. Register for help online, track the progress of your request, or find a local campaign.
USPS Operation Santa finds presents for children who write letters to Santa through the USPS. In some locations, employees open letters to Santa, sort out those in need, remove personal information, and pass the requests on to community helpers. While a response is not guaranteed, anyone can make a request. To participate, look for a location near you.
Shop With a Cop pairs a police officer with a child from a needy family for a Christmas shopping trip. Children nominated to the program receive a gift card from a department store. Then the policeman takes the child to buy gifts for the child and his family. To be nominated, contact a school, social service agency, or youth service organization.
Free Stuff for the House
Walker Furniture Home for the Holidays accepts nominations of Clark County individuals or families in need. Then they furnish an entire house for each of 35 recipients. To nominate someone, fill out an application.
Get Free Food and More in Clark County, NV
First AME Church provides hot meals and food to the needy.
Helping Hands of Vegas Valley provides respite care, transportation, and food or paper goods for senior citizens. Recipients must be 60 years old, show proof of Nevada residency, and have an income at or below 185 percent of federal guidelines.
Las Vegas Rescue Mission feeds a hot Thanksgiving dinner to thousands of homeless men, women, and children. They also run a thrift store.