2023 Free Christmas Assistance in Anaheim (Toys, Gifts, & Holiday Meals)

The holidays can be financially stressful for anyone, especially those who barely meet their basic needs. Fortunately, various programs in the Anaheim area offer free Christmas assistance to low-income households.

To help relieve some of your holiday stress, we have compiled a list of all the nonprofits and programs offering free holiday food and toy assistance in Anaheim.

To qualify for most Christmas Food Assistance Programs in Anaheim, you must be a low-income household and meet each organization’s requirements.

Read below for a list of all the Free Christmas Assistance in Anaheim for the 2023 holiday season, including registration and contact information.

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Free Christmas Assistance in Anaheim (2023 Guide)

Below is a list of all the organizations in Anaheim offering Free Christmas dinners, gifts, meals, toys, and more this holiday season.

We have provided the organization name, program offerings, registration requirements and instructions, address, and, where available, contact information.

Christmas Together 2023 Orange County, CA

Christmas Together 2023 – Families Together of Orange County’s Annual Toy Giveaway Event

Families Together of Orange County is proud to host the 19th annual Christmas Together celebration – the largest toy giveaway in Orange County.

They will continue the tradition of giving away thousands of toys along with an unforgettable experience for our community to enjoy.

Last year, Families Together gave away 20,000 toys at Christmas Together – and this year they plan to give away 30,000 toys!

Christmas Together is a joyous occasion that includes carnival rides, games, raffles, entertainment, pictures with Santa, and a variety of food options completely free of charge to all attendees.

Registration is now open! Quantity is limited and early registration is encouraged to secure your spot in this year’s festivities.

All participants must be Orange County residents.

Event Date & Time

Sunday, December 10, 2023
8:00am – 5:00pm

Event Location

Anaheim Convention Center
800 West Katella Avenue
Anaheim, CA 92802


To register, click here.

Only registered participants will be allowed entrance into the event.

For more information, visit www.familiestogetheroc.org.


"Share Our Selves - 53rd Annual Adopt A Family Christmas Giveaway"

Share Our Selves – 54th Annual Adopt A Family Christmas Giveaway

Save the date for the 54th annual Adopt A Family Program through Share our Selves at OC Fair & Event Center.

Last year, they were able to fulfill 5,664 wish lists for 1,126 families during the holiday season!

Event Date & Time

Sunday, December 17th & Monday, December 18th, 2023

Event Location

OC Fair & Event Center
88 Fair Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626


Pictures with Santa & Toy Giveaway 2023 Long Beach CA

Pictures with Santa & Toy Giveaway

Join the COLLAB Dance Studio & Creative Space for their pictures with Santa and Toy Giveaway for the 2023 holiday season.

Receive an early Christmas gift for all good boys and girls ages 1-17 years old.

There will be a Photo Booth, Holiday Gift Shop, and Kids Craft Activity.

Toys are given out on a first come, first served basis.

Event Date & Time

Sunday, December 17, 2023
11:00am – 1:00pm

Event Location

COLLAB Dance Studio & Creative Space
441 E Carson Street, Unit F-G
Carson, CA 90745

Event Registration

To register, visit their Eventbrite page.


The Salvation Army Southern California and Orange County – Christmas Assistance

The Salvation Army Southern California and Orange County provides Christmas food vouchers and gifts to families with children.

Their programs include Angel Tree and Adopt a Family for Orange County families.

Event Date & Time

December 2023

Event Location

Salvation Army Anaheim Red Shield
1515 West North Street
Anaheim, CA 92801


Be an Elf Free Toy Program

Be an Elf is a nonprofit organization that helps underprivileged children receive gifts during Christmas. The organization helps families write letters to Santa through the USPS Operation Santa® Program.

Individuals can then adopt real letters and send gifts directly to the children in-need who wrote them. There’s no middle man or charity, it’s direct from the donor to a child.

Many letters are written by kids and Moms who ask only for “a warm coat for my 5 year old,” “new shoes, size 6,” or other basic necessities.

Volunteers at Christmas may mail their gifts directly to children who need a brighter Christmas.

If your family is struggling financially, this is a great option on how you might be able to get some extra Christmas gifts for your kids.

Click here to find out how to get free Christmas gifts for your family.

The deadline for the 2023 holiday season is December 10, 2023.

Toys for Tots

Since 1947, the Marine Toys for Tots has been bringing the joy and hope of Christmas to America’s less fortunate children.

In California, there are several Toys for Tots programs that can help provide your child with a new gift this holiday.

How to Apply for Free Toys in Anaheim

If you would like to receive free Christmas toys from Toys for Tots this 2023 holiday season, you must apply for the program.

To apply for free gifts, follow the steps below:

  1. Visit the Toys for Tots website.
  2. Click “Request a Toy” from the top menu.
  3. Click “Search for your Local Chapter” button.
  4. Select California from the state dropdown menu.
  5. Choose Orange County from the menu.
  6. Once you are on the Anaheim Toys for Tots page, click the red “Request a Toy” button located at the top of the page.
  7. Follow the Application Instructions listed on the page to apply for free Christmas toys in California.


Salvation Army Angel Tree Program

The Salvation Army may be one of the most-popular organizations for holiday assistance. That’s because they provide a variety of services to those in need during the holiday season.

This year, Walmart and the Salvation Army are teaming up again for the The Angel Tree program. The program provides new clothing and toys to more than one-million children and families in local communities each year.

Once a child is accepted for the Angel Tree Program, donors can shop from the family’s Christmas wish list. Once the gifts are received, The Salvation Army will distribute them to the family just in time for Christmas morning.

If your family would like to apply for Angel Tree assistance for Christmas 2023, you will need to contact your local Salvation Army.

Submit your 2023 Angel Tree Application here.

Click here to find a local Salvation Army near you.


United Way Free Christmas Assistance Program

If you live in San Francisco and are looking for food and/or gift assistance this 2023 holiday season, the United Way can help.

The United Way is partnering with several local organizations to provide free holiday meals and Christmas toys to low income families this holiday season.

To learn more about all the free Christmas assistance being offering for 2023, click here to visit the United Way Orange County website.

If you’re searching for Christmas help near you, apply with one of the local charity organizations listed below.

You can also contact the United Way’s 2-1-1 Service for holiday assistance. Dial 2-1-1, text your zip code to 898-211, or visit the 2-1-1 Website to chat.


Operation Homefront Holiday Toy Drive

Operation Homefront’s Holiday Toy Drive helps bring holiday cheer to military families. For over a decade, they’ve partnered with Dollar Tree to provide military families with support during the holiday season.

Dollar Tree stores take toy donations, typically in November and December to help make the holidays brighter for our military families. In 2019, over 1,000 military children received toys from our Holiday Toy Drive.

To participate, start by registering for an Operation Homefront account. When you are eligible for the event, it will appear on your Account Dashboard. Once the event appears in your dashboard, you can register to attend and get help.

To learn more, visit their website at operationhomefront.org.

Free Christmas Trees in Anaheim, CA for 2023

The Christmas Tree Project is a nonprofit organization that saw an opportunity to help bring the Christmas spirit to families in need.

Their mission is to provide fully decorated Christmas trees to thousands of families who cannot afford them on their own.

Today, they are one of the largest organizations providing free Christmas trees to low-income families during the holiday season.

Although they are based out of Colorado, they give away trees across the country – including Anaheim, California.

Click here to Request a Free Christmas Tree for 2023.

Holiday Food Assistance Programs in Anaheim

We hope this guide on all the organizations offering free Christmas assistance this year was helpful.

We will continue to update this post as more opportunities for free holiday programs are announced.

Additionally, we will release our list of Free Turkey Giveaways & Thanksgiving Dinners each year in the Anaheim area.

The holidays can easily become a financial burden for many low-income families living in Anaheim.

We aim to help you navigate these difficult times and achieve financial security.

With that said, we would love to hear from you! Let us know in the comments if you found this information helpful and would like more articles like this!

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