Charlotte & Mecklenburg County Christmas Assistance Programs

By | July 17, 2017
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Mecklenburg County Christmas Help for the Holidays – If you live in Mecklenburg County, Charlotte, NC and are looking for help with Christmas, we will tell you where to go. As a resident of Mecklenburg County, I can tell you there are many organizations, churches, and non-profits that help families and individuals with holiday assistance.

Christmas is a hard time of year for many families who have been laid off work, have had their hours cut or are out of work altogether. Shopping can be painful as you see people’s wagons filled with toys or groceries, knowing you can not possibly afford to buy what you want for your family.

Be encouraged and try not to over stress yourself for a one day Holiday. Remember the holiday is about love and your family and try to focus on this, even if you can’t have a turkey and all the fixings. There are programs that can help you with, a Christmas basket, toys, and clothes for your children that can make Christmas a little brighter. Charlotte Food Pantries.

Mecklenburg Couty Churches that Help with Christmas

Salvation Army

You can help a child or family through the Salvation Army Angel Tree Program. They provide Christmas assistance and toys not only for children but gifts for teens and seniors in need. This program is made possible because of donation for individuals community organization and corporations.

The Salvation Army is holding five weeks of registration for the Christmas assistance program. Registration is open to all of those who are in need. Each year there is a five week period to register for Christmas assistance. Parents and guardians can register for clothing, toys, and other gifts. Please bring with you

  • SS card
  • Picture I.D.
  • Birth certificate
  • Proof of income
  • Proof of enrollment with federal assistance
  • Clothes and shoe sizes of the children

Please come prepared to wait in line for several hours

The Salvation Army Christmas Bureau
Main address is 801 E. Arrowood Blvd.
(Corner of South Blvd & Arrowood, former WalMart)
Call (704) 714-4708 – Angel Tree Registration

Starting: Monday, October 6th through Saturday, November 8th, 10 AM – 5 PM


Operation Homefront

This non-profit help military families during times of hardship. They provide home repairs, auto repairs transportation, moving assistance transitional housing and vision care.

Carolinas Office
233 S. Sharon Amity Rd. Ste 101
Charlotte, NC 28211
Phone – 704-527-3063
Toll-Free – 800-825-1097 – How to apply for assistance

Lion’s Club

The Lion’s Club is famous for their work in the community by helping at-risk youth, vision, and health program and disaster relief. They also help with Christmas gifts every year. Contact Lion’s Club in Charlotte two month before Christmas to ask for help. All assistance is given based on available funds and the help of volunteers. Contact info.

Toys For Tots

The US Marines sponsors, Toys for Tots, collects and distributes toys each year to disadvantaged families. If you want to donate, there are drop-off locations all over the city. Toys for Tots Charlotte. If you would like to sign up to receive a toy contact the Department of Social Services, Catholic Charities, or call 211 to find out where to sign up.

Make-A-Wish

Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of severely and chronically ill children each year. If you have a sick child that has a special wish during this holiday season please contact this organization to refer a child. Make a wish NC.

Who can make a referral – Doctors, parents, family members, teachers those who know the child and their medical challenges can refer a child for a wish.

Who can make a wish – Any child between the ages of 2 1/2 and18 years old with a severe or life-threatening medical illness or qualifies for a wish. Referral Form.

Charlotte Food Banks

Organizations like Catholic Charities, the Salvation Army, Loaves and Fishes, Second Harvest, are just a few of the locations that provide food, to the community. These churches and non-profit organizations help families and individuals in difficult times, many Charlotte residents get help from these food charities to feed their families.

The food banks are run by volunteers and staff. Fresh and canned foods are donated by individuals, churches, businesses, and community food drives. Items when available also include meat, toiletries like shampoo, soap, toilet paper, deodorant.

Fresh and canned foods are donated by individuals, churches, businesses, and community food drives. Items when available also include meat, toiletries like shampoo, soap, toilet paper, deodorant. Some pantries many even have pet food.

Salvation Army

Loves and Fishes
648B Griffith Rd, Charlotte, NC 28217
704-523-4333

Second Harvest
500 B Spratt St.
Charlotte, NC 28206
704.376.1785



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