Free Christmas Assistance in San Francisco (2023 Guide)

The holidays can be financially stressful for anyone, especially those who barely meet their basic needs. Fortunately, various programs in the San Francisco 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 San Francisco.

To qualify for most Christmas Food Assistance Programs in San Francisco, 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 San Francisco for the 2023 holiday season, including registration and contact information.

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Free Christmas Assistance in San Francisco (2023 Guide)

Below is a list of all the organizations in San Francisco 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.

 

San Francisco Fire Fighters Free Toy Program

San Francisco Fire Fighters Toy Program

The San Francisco Fire Fighters believe that no child should be without a toy during the holiday season.

Their annual Toy Program provides underserved families with children toys during Christmas.

You must apply to receive a free toy through the program for the 2023 holiday season.

Only one application per family. If approved, you must drive-up to receive your free toys.

For event information and how to register, see the details below:

Toy Pick-Up Date & Time

December 2023 – Monday through Friday
Toy Pick-Up is by Appointment Only!

Toy Pick-Up Location

325 Newhall Street
San Francisco, CA 94124

Event Registration

To apply for free toys, complete the 2023 Toy Application or visit their website.

 

GLIDE Free Gift Giveaway in San Francisco CA

GLIDE Toy Wonderland Gift Giveaway

GLIDE is hosting their annual Toy Wonderland for underserved households in the San Francisco community.

They will be packing toys into over 700 bags and distributing them to children ages 0-11 who are enrolled in GLIDE programs.

This event is sponsored by GLIDE Board member Crickette Glad Brown.

You must be enrolled in GLIDE to receive a free toy through the program.

For information on how to enroll, see the details below:

Event Date

Thursday, December 21, 2023
9:00am – 12:00pm

Toy Pick-Up Location

330 Ellis Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

Event Registration

To apply for assistance through GLIDE, visit their website.

 

GLIDE Grocery Bag Giveaway

For the 2023 holiday season, GLIDE will package 4,400 grocery bags onsite, and then deliver them to 22 partner agencies across the San Francisco area.

Each bag contains everything needed for a special holiday meal, including a whole free-range chicken or turkey, potatoes or rice, mac & cheese, vegetables, dinner rolls and all the holiday fixings. 

Event Date & Time

Wednesday, December 13, 2023
7:00am – 1:00pm

 

GLIDE Free Christmas Meal San Francisco CA

Free Christmas Eve Brunch

GLIDE and San Francisco’s House of Prime Rib will provide prime rib and all the sides for their Christmas Eve Brunch served to 2,400 guests in the outdoor-tented dining room.

Additionally, GLIDE will deliver 200 meals to encampments across the city.

For information on how to enroll, see the details below:

Event Date

Friday, December 24, 2023
11:00am – 1:00pm

Event Location

1906 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94109

Event Registration

For information, please call (855) 412-3177.

 

Free Christmas Day Meal & Celebrations

GLIDE Memorial Church will host their annual Christmas Celebrations for those in the San Francisco community.

Nearly 2,500 Christmas meals of ham, turkey and all the fixings will be served to the community (both onsite and throughout the city).

All attendees are required to honor all of GLIDE’s safety protocols.

For information on how to enroll, see the details below:

Event Date

Monday, December 25, 2023
10:00am – 1:00pm

Toy Pick-Up Location

330 Ellis Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

Event Registration

For information, please call (855) 412-3177.

 

San Francisco Police Department Toy Giveaway

This holiday season, from November 23rd until December 22nd, San Francisco police officers will work with Walgreens drugstores to provide toys for children ages 0-12 in low-income families.

Police will pick up and deliver donations of new, unwrapped toys that have been dropped off at more than 40 San Francisco Walgreens stores.

In past years, generous donors have stepped up to provide toys for our city’s youth, enabling SFPD officers to distribute thousands of gifts during the holiday season.

To learn more and donate, look for the brightly colored toy drive collection bin at your local Walgreens store.

San Francisco Christmas Tree Giveaway

San Francisco Police Department partners with the CHARM Committee, A. Philip Randolph Institute (APRI), other city agencies, and private sponsors to share hope and joy by providing more than 400 trees to San Francisco families. Check the community calendar for dates times and locations here.

 

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 San Francisco

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 San Francisco County from the menu.
  6. Once you are on the San Francisco 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 Bay Area 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 San Francisco, 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 San Francisco, California.

Click here to Request a Free Christmas Tree for 2023.

Holiday Food Assistance Programs in San Francisco

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 San Francisco area.

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

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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