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Michigan Huge Listing Of Holiday Assistance Programs For Low Income

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Goodfellows-All Communities
For the cities of Detroit, Highland Park, River Rouge and Hamtramck:
Services Offered:
Children's toys, clothing and food. November 1st-December 10th.
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NOTE:  Some clubs have their own websites so you may also want to try typing your cities name and                       "goodfellows" into your search engine OR call your neighborhood city hall! 
              Please do NOT call cities that you do not live in!
The Lions Club--All Communities
Visit for a club nearest to you.  Most do help with holiday assistance.
Toys for Tots--All Communities
Visit if your city is not listed in any of the Toys for Tots programs listed below!
The Information Center
20500 Eureka  Suite 110
Taylor MI  48180
Services Offered:
The Information Center, Inc. is able to help, with the generous support of our donors, through two avenues. 
Adopt-A-Family: Donors are supplied with the first names and the "wish list" of a local family.  The donors purchase gifts for the family and deliver them to TIC offices, where they are then distributed to the families.  This is the most rewarding way to support a family in need of a "hand-up" at the holidays.
Gift Certificates/Cash Donations:  Some donors prefer to purchase gift certificates to help a individual
or family meet a special need, or make a cash donation to The Center, who in turn, purchases gift certificates or gifts for individuals and families. The Center's trained staff thoroughly interviews each client to verify their need for help before distributing any form of assistance.  We also meet regularly
with other agencies to assure that there is no duplication of services.  If you are interested in helping
a local resident OR need assistance, please contact our office for more information.  
Assistance is limited, so please contact us early if you require assistance for your family.
Community Lutheran Church
23984 Gibraltar Road
Flat Rock MI  48134
734-782-0563 Call on Wednesdays
Services Offered:
Holiday assistance and grief counseling
Serves Flat Rock and Brownstown residents ONLY
Faith Christian Center
25535 Ecorse Road
Taylor MI  48180
Contacts:  Donald or Julie Mitchell
Services Offered:
Holiday Food Program, clothes pantry is open once a month. 
By appointment or on Sundays. 
Serves Taylor residents ONLY.
Salvation Army                                           For other communities go to
1258 Biddle Avenue       
Wyandotte MI  48192
723-282-0930                            Western Wayne residents   313-563-4457
Services Offered:
Assistance with toys and food. Accepts low-income applicants in 17 Downriver communities.  Applications taken between November 1st and 1st week in December.  Must only apply at their location and have no other holiday assistance program AND have proof of income, ID Social Security cards for everyone in household, birth certificates or Medicaid card for kids.
New for 2009:  Go to and click on "Christmas Assistance" and print the checklist.  Call and make your appointment and write your appointment on the checklist.  If you do not have access to the Internet, pick up a 2009 checklist in the office at the address above. 
The Salvation Army Downriver will be serving Thanksgiving Dinner on Thanksgiving Day from 11 a.m.
to 1 their new "Lunch At The Sal" Soup Kitchen that just opened Nov. 5th, 2009!  Everyone is welcome!
TIP  313-833-4000 for Detroit Residents
St. Constance Church            
21555 Kinyon
Taylor MI  48180
Phone:  313-291-4050  please make reservations!
You are invited to share Thanksgiving dinner on November 26th from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. with the St. Constance family in the parish hall.  There will be turkey, ham and all the trimmings!  All are welcome!
Restoration Ministries
12436 Morang
Detroit MI  48236
Offering Thanksgiving baskets.
Adopt A Family 2009   Volunteers of America Michigan
Phone:  248-353-4862
Families who would like to receive help may APPLY ONLINE.
Ball Road Baptist Tabernacle Church                      Thanksgiving Baskets
Contact person:  Alan Richards                                              Offered
7007 Ball Road
Romulus MI
Phone:  734-331-6943
Focus HOPE:  Share with a Senior program
Phone:  313-494-5500
Share with a Senior matches individuals and group donors with homebound and low-income seniors.   Programs are through Dec. 15th.
Heart to Heart Ministries
Christmas baskets for senior citizens at nursing homes and residences.
Phone:  313-573-9076 OR  313-928-8305
Children's Leukemia Foundation of Michigan
29777 Telegraph   Suite 1651
Southfield MI  48034
Phone:  248-353-8222 OR 800-825-2536
Provides holiday toy packages to child/teen patients and their siblings as well as children of adult patients affected by leukemia.  Contact Kristen West, patient services director at 248-355-8222
OR 800-825-2536
Joy of Jesus Ministry
P.O. Box 32211
Detroit MI  48232
Phone:  313-839-4747
Hosting holiday parties for over 400 youth and their families.
North End Youth Improvement Council Adopt-A-Child Program
(Also has a Mentor Program)
C/O Delores Bennett
111 King Street
Detroit, MI  48202
Senior Alliance Holiday Meals
The Senior Alliance
3850 Second Street   Suite 201
Wayne MI  48184
Phone: 734-722-2830 OR 800-815-1112
This program provides hot festive meals to homebound seniors age 60 & over OR disabled people
on Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter and Labor DaySAHM is supported primarily through private donations.  Meals are delivered by volunteers.
Detroit Area Agency on Aging
1333 Brewery Park Blvd.
Detroit MI  48207
Phone: 313-446-4444
(Same as above)
Holiday Meals on Wheels
Valley Services
1980 Bagley
Detroit MI
Phone:  313-446-4444
This program provides meals to homebound seniors on Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter and
Labor Day.
Volunteers of America
618 E. Walton Blvd.  (Administrative offices)
Pontiac, MI  48340 
Phone: 284-209-1033
Serves multiple areas!  Look on website for YOUR area!
North End Youth Adopt -A-Child
111 King
Detroit MI  48202
Warm clothing, school clothing and toys.
Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit
Considine Recreation Center
8904 Woodward
Detroit MI 
Contact Little Rock Baptist Church at 313-872-2900
Free Thanksgiving dinner from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. as well as information on employment training and
other career services.
Greater Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church
557 Benton
Detroit MI
Phone:  313-345-9942  Mother Joan Jones
Free Thanksgiving meal from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Transportation will not be provided.
The Church of the Firstborn
17170 Rockdale
Detroit MI
Phone:  313-533-0664
Thanksgiving meals for the Homeless
Bishop Murphy Council
Knights of Columbus Hall
22040 Ryan (south of 9 Mile)
Warren MI
Phone:  586-484-1184 OR   586-431-4884
Thanksgiving feast for needy and homeless people
St. Patrick Senior Center
58 Parsons
Detroit MI 
Phone:  313-833-7080
Free Thanksgiving meals to people in need.   Ages 55 and older.
Westminister Church of Detroit
17567 Hubbell
Detroit MI
Phone:  313-341-2697
Free Thanksgiving meals to people in need.
Wings of Love Missionary Baptist Church
17133 John R.
Detroit MI 
Phone:  313-867-7411
Free Thanksgiving meals to people in need.
The Salvation Army Breakfast        5 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Thanksgiving Day
Masonic Temple
500 Temple
Detroit MI
Phone:  313-361-6136 OR  877-725-6424
Gloves, hats and socks will be provided, as well as toiletry kits and backpacks filled with school
supplies for children in need.
Dinner will be distributed via the Bed & Bread Truck program from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
St. Josaphat Ukrainian Catholic Church
Knights of Columbus Hall
22040 Ryan
Warren MI
First Baptist Church of Wayne
36125 Glenwood
Wayne MI
Phone:  734-721-7410
Free Thanksgiving meal to people in need.
Our Lady of Loretto Church
Family Center
Redford Twp.
Phone:  313-534-9000  Reservations requested.
Free Thanksgiving meal to people in need.
Toys for Tots                                 This information is for the cities listed below ONLY!  If you are from
PO Box 612                                    Monroe County, this is NOT for you (see listing below for Monroe Co.)
Trenton, MI  48183
Phone:  313-363-9482
Applications are available at the Brownstown Township Police Department but must be mailed to the above address.  The Police Dept. will not accept any applications. The program is for children in Brownstown, Flat Rock, Gibraltar, Woodhaven, Rockwood, Riverview, Wyandotte, Trenton and Grosse Ile Twp. ONLY . 
Flat Rock Family Cafe
27517 Telegraph Road
Flat Rock MI  48134
Phone: 734-789-9900
Offering free Thanksgiving dinners on Nov. 23rd, 2010 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. for those in need and homeless. For more info or to arrange for large goups call the number above!
Madison Community Resource Center
5370 McKinley
Detroit MI 
Phone:  313-574-4813
Toys for Tots program, Holiday "Feed A Family" program.
Zion Chapel Church of Christ Holiness (U.S.A.)
3000 24th Street at Butternut
Detroit MI
Phone:  313-333-2299
United Christian's Womens Ministry invites you to fellowship with us at our Annual Community Dinner!
"True Meaning of Christmas" Dinner                      
William Ford Senior Activity Center
6750 Troy  (just north of Ecorse Road and west of Telegraph Road)
Taylor MI   48180
Phone:  313-291-7740
Free dinner & camaraderie for those who are alone or less fortunate.  Free transportation for those without transportation.  Call in advance.
Northeast Guidance Center/Assistance League
Administrative Office
12800 E. Warren
Detroit MI  48215
Phone:  313-824-8000
Holiday help for those that receive services at the community mental health agency.
United Way 2-1-1  (OR 800-552-1183)
The United Way/Detroit News Helping Hands Program
Bridging Communities
6900 McGraw
Detroit MI  48210
Phone:  313-361-6377
Christmas Meal-On-Wheels deliveries to seniors in Southwest Detroit.
PO Box 51924
Livonia MI  48151-5924
Phone:  734-427-8552 OR 800-777-8552
Provides holiday books for blind children
City Mission
20405 Schoolcraft 
PO Box 231135
Detroit MI  48223
Phone:  313-541-3531
Thanksgiving & Christmas meals
New Dimension Outreach Food Bank
Ignited International Ministries
20320 Superior
Taylor  MI  48180
Phone: 734-383-5658
Holds new toy drives for its clients and has a food bank.
New St. Paul Tabernacle Church of God in Christ
Cathedral Conference Center
10325 E. Jefferson
Detroit MI
Phone:  313-835-5329
Plans to feed 1,000 people on Thanksgiving Day to reach out to unemployed families. 
St. Constance Catholic Church
21555 Kinyon
Taylor MI  48180
Phone:  313-291-4050
Turkey and ham dinner will be served from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Thanksgiving Day at the church for those who otherwise would be alone on this day.  Transportation as well will be provided for those who need it. 
To reserve a seat at the free dinner, call the number above!
Greater Apostolic Faith Temple
4735 W. Fort Street  (1 mile west of the Ambassador Bridge)
Detroit MI 
Phone: 313-843-3660
Thankful Enough To Give
Neighborhood Service Organization
Malcolm X. Academy
3350 John C. Lodge Freeway (corner of Third)
Detroit MI
Ten families that created the Thankful Enough to Give dinner will be serving their Thanksgiving meal
to homeless and needy people from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the gymnasium at the corner of the Lodge and Martin Luther King Boulevard.
New Friendly Missionary Baptist Church
4757 Chene
Detroit MI
Phone:  313-869-3682
Dinner from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Lighthouse Ministry
5403 Wayne Road
Wayne MI  48184
Phone:  734-467-7540
Food boxes, holiday baskets, clothing
Project Hope International
Phone:  248-797-1762
"Christmas Cheer"  program
Capuchin Soup Kitchen
4390 Conner  (between Mack and Warren)
Detroit MI
Phone:  313-822-8606 ext.17
Serving breakfast from 8 to 9 a.m. Thanksgiving Day and a complete Thanksgiving meal from
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.   The Meldrum kitchen operation will be closed today.
Capuchin Services Centers
63333 Medbury
Detroit MI 
Donates food and warm winter clothing to children 10 and under as part of the Caps, Coats N' Kids
Holiday Program. 
Associated Charities of Lenawee County
221 S. Tecumseh Street
Adrian MI  49221
Phone:  517-265-7255    Open M-F 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Services Offered:
Toys for Tots, Christmas Food
Good Samaritan Coalition at St. Mark Catholic Church
4401 Bart Street
Warren MI  48091
Phone:  586-759-3026
Thanksgiving baskets, Christmas help.
The Macomb County Crisis Center is operating a Christmas Help Referral Program. During this time,
the crisis center will accept calls for Christmas help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 586-307-9100.  Collect calls will be accepted.  Families needing help this holiday season may call the center and phone counselors will give referrals to appropriate community resources.
Zion Temple Church          
Mt. Clemens, MI
Phone:  586-855-2684
In collaboration with various Macomb agencies, is sponsoring its first Thanksgiving Day
Celebration  on Thanksgiving Day 2009.  Meals will be served to homeless people and low-income families beginning at 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Cairns Community Center, 58 Orchard Street in Mt. Clemens.
Monroe County Toys for Tots Program of Southeast Michigan
Stewart Road Christian Ministries
1199 Stewart Road
Monroe MI  48161
Phone:  734-384-9771
This is for Monroe County residents only.  Required information will include household income and proof of the adult applicant's relationship to the child, such as a medical card, a birth certificate, adoption papers or guardianship court papers.  Grandparents cannot register their grandchildren for this program unless the grandparent has legal guardianship or custody.  Those who are unemployed should bring copies of their unemployment verification.  Those who are employed should bring copies of their last 3 pay stubs.  Those that receive Social Security should bring copies of the current reward letters that reflect the monthly payment. Applicants will be notified Dec. 12-15 as to when and where to pick up toys.
Spirit of Christmas
PO Box 2314
Monroe MI  48161
Lighthouse of Oakland County
46156 Woodward Ave.
Pontiac MI  48342
Phone:  248-920-6060
Gifts for Seniors and "Adopt A Family Christmas Program".  Matches families with donors and then helps distributes donor gifts to adopted families in December.  Also Thanksgiving meal items, baby, household and personal care items and medical equipment such as wheelchairs and walkers.
Rochester Area Neighborhood House (RANH)
1234 Inglewood
PO Box 80112
Rochester MI  48308-0112
Phone:  248-651-5836 
Services Offered:
Holiday Food Baskets, RANH's Christmas Shopping Days program designates a time for those in need to select gifts for their children.  These gifts are donated by the Rochester community specifically for this event.
South Oakland Shelter
431 N. Main
Royal Oak, MI  48067
Phone:  248-546-6566
Provides shelter, meals and other services including holiday help to homeless men, women and children.
Open Door Outreach Center
7170 Cooley Lake Road
Waterford MI  48327
Phone: 2480360-2930
Offers programs to assist low and moderate-income families during holidays and other special occasions who live in Waterford, White Lake, West Bloomfield, Keego Harbor, Sylvan Lake, Commerce, Walled Lake and parts of Wixom.
Troy People Concerned
2045 Austin Drive
Troy MI  48083
Phone:  248-528-9199
Holiday baskets
Grace Centers of Hope        
35 E. Huron Street
Pontiac, MI 
Phone:  248-334-2187
Serving dinner to homeless and needy people at two seating's, 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. at the center.
Women need to enter at the Perry Street entrance; the men's entrance is on University. 
Salvation Army
9 S. Park
Ypsilanti MI  48197
Phone:  734-482-4700
Services Offered:
Assistance with food and gifts for the holiday to families who qualify.
Serves ALL of Washtenaw County.
Faith in Action
603 S. Main
Chelsea, MI
Phone:  734-475-3305
Thanksgiving baskets, Christmas Adopt-A-Family project for those living in the Chelsea & Dexter school districts ONLY.
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Woman in the shoe 2   in reply to K8e
Hi we can only give information on here. The person you posted to not been on here in years.
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in need of help i have three boys and have recently lost my income and I have no way to give them any kind of a Christmas at all without some help. Please someone find it in their hearts to help us. God bless
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Woman in the shoe 2   in reply to ms.guyton
Hi sorry but all resources that help with Christmas has stop for this year out of your kids there would be on they would help. But for clothes call Catholic churches to see which one got clothes for your kids you can get some real nice clothes thought them. Also go and sign up for welfare to help you and your kids. Hope this can help you for now.

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ms.guyton   in reply to woman in a shoe
Hi ,my is erica i been in a shelter for 3 weeks now i have 4 kids ages 10,13,14,17,i have no income right bout now i lost my home with my husband lift us ...i really need some help with with xmas toys ,clothes this r first year ever have to go thur something like that ...please help us god bless your hearts.thank you
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brittjordan   in reply to epper
I am in the same boat, I need help with xmas this yr for my family too, if you get help will you msg me to let me know who and how ... we could really use the help, thank you and ill keep you in my prayers.. god bless
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my name is Kevin Epper. I lost my job last year because my son Hunter was in the NICU. And i have two other boys ages 6 and 12. I have no way of providing a christmas for them this year. If anyone knows how i can get help or if you can help ...
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littlelacie   in reply to Robert322
You are very welcome.
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Robert322   in reply to littlelacie
That's unfortunate, Thanks anyways
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littlelacie   in reply to Robert322
Hi, we no longer know of any resources that are helping with Christmas
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I have a 8 month old son and a 9 year old step daughter and my job which is only part time barely covers my rent, not to mention I'm behind on bills. I have no way of providing any type of gifts for my amazing kids and it breaks my heart not sure what to do, I've never had to ask for help or reach out for it.
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woman in a shoe   in reply to B.Jones34
Hi u got sign your young s ones up for Christmas help i am.going to.put the.list up soon as i post this to u. 11_12 year olds
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Hello everyone. I'm a single parent of 4. (2) boys 17 & 14 (2) girls 12 & 11. My 12 year old daughter and I happen to be cancer survivor's and the last couple of years have been horrible for my family. Although, I've raised my children on the true meeting of Christmas, and don't allow them open gifts on Jesus birthday, I still wish that one day they could be bless with gifts they (need & want) but go without more often throughout the year. I continue to have faith, and express to my children that our year will soon come. My oldest graduates in May 2015 and is more focus on his family struggles than school. Keep us in your prayers. Not a family looking for pity, but a break through.
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not much help in Washtenaw county. I am disabled and have low income and unable to get a thanksgiving basket cuz all list are closed.
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tldenman28   in reply to pattyp
try your local salvation army that where they have Christmas help or your local community services.
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woman in a shoe   in reply to pattyp
U welcome
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woman in a shoe   in reply to motherofaboy&girl
Most all.the places is in every state. Here a few of.them. salvation Army. Toys for tots. With out my.list i don't know the rest of them
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pattyp   in reply to woman in a shoe
Ok thank u
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woman in a shoe   in reply to pattyp
Hi the person posted to.not been on in years. But.please. come.back on Thursday morning. I up the list for Christmas help it will be a public post will b put up at 9 am
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motherofaboy&girl   in reply to woman in a shoe
Thanks a lot it was posted on my fb page so I wanted to see what help I could seek.
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woman in a shoe   in reply to motherofaboy&girl
Hi the person u.posted to.not.been in years. But for Christmas putting the list around 9 am i.also see u in.mithe places i putting up all the.places are in mi for Christmas help
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