San Diego County free holiday and Christmas programs

Families across San Diego County California can receive free Christmas assistance from several non-profits and charity organizations. While the main program available is known as Toys for Tots, several other resources can provide gifts, clothing, meals, and other support.

Most of the assistance is distributed around Christmas, however there are other programs also operate at both Easter and Thanksgiving. Children, infants, and teenagers from low income families are the primary targets of these programs, however seniors and others my benefit too. Free holiday meals, such as Turkeys and all of the toppings, may even be delivered around San Diego County as well.

To learn more on where to receive a free Christmas toy or gift for your child, call a center below. If a location is not near you or if you do not qualify, then they may provide referrals to other local resources in San Diego County.

Home for the Holidays

Financial assistance and other aid is offered to families around the Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas holidays. This is only for military members and it can also provide assistance so that they can be together for the holidays, including help for air travel and other transportation needs. Call 877-330-0077 for more info.

Toys For Tots time

One of the primary Christmas programs in San Diego is Toys for Tots. It is offered by the Salvation Army in partnership with local non-profits, the Marine Corps, churches, and other charities. The program is available at several different locations, as indicated below. The sites tend to serve the immediate region around the office, but they may also provide referrals too. Free toys, gifts, food, and more may be distributed.

For drop off locations through San Diego County or to make a donation, visit Individual families requesting toys will be referred to organizations who have registered with Toys for Tots as non-profits. Email the Organization Liaison, Mrs. Margie Zacker, at for more info.

Spirit of Sharing

Spirit of Sharing is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that assists our local active duty military families during the holiday season.  Our fundraising and volunteer season begins after Thanksgiving of each year and goes thru the Christmas holiday!  Your monetary contributions and donations of school supplies, clothes, toys, gift cards, food, etc are greatly needed to help SOS ensure that our local military community and their families have a Christmas holiday filled with wonderful memories and lots of joy!

Please contact us for more information at or (760) 726-8100 or you may also visit our website at

Heavens Windows

2300 Bancroft Drive
Spring Valley, California, 91977, 619-303-7806.
The non-profit offers free turkey, meals and other food distribution on a first come first serve basis to the needy and low income in San Diego County. Small gifts or toys may be passed out too.

Second Chances

Bread of Life

4776 Saratoga Avenue
San Diego, California, 92107, 619-886-4275
A free Thanksgiving day meal is provided to all qualified individuals and families hosted by Second Chances/ Bread of Life.



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