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If you suspect you are going to need help to provide Christmas for your children, do NOT wait until the last minute!

Volunteers have families also and need to have time in their schedules to provide for their own families.

Please make arrangements with assistance organizations NO LATER than December 1st at the latest!! Many have cutoff dates sooner than this (especially in this recession)!

And once you ARE on your feet, please remember to give back as you are able.



GOODFELLOWS–All Communities

Goodfellow Fund of Detroit

PO Box 44444

1927 Rosa Parks

Detroit MI 48244

Phone: 586-775-6139



For children ages 4 to 13 in the cities of Detroit, Highland Park, River Rouge, Hamtramck & Harper Woods ONLY!

Children’s toys, clothing and food. Girls aged four through 10 also receive a doll lovingly dressed by an area volunteer.

Leave message on how you can be reached.

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. Many do help with holiday assistance for those in their

particular area OR

TOYS FOR TOTS–All Communities

Visit if your city is not listed in any of the Toys for Tots programs listed below!



Phone: 2-1-1




The Salvation Army of Detroit will begin accepting applications for Christmas assistance on Nov. 12, 2012.

Those living in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties are eligible for assistance.

Families with children, individuals with special needs and senior citizens can apply for assistance to receive

food, food gift cards and toys.The program runs through Dec. 14th, 2012 but early applications are strongly

recommended. Applicants must bring a picture ID for each household adult, birth certificates for household

children and a current utility bill, as well as proof of household income and expenses


Website: http://www.2

2Hands is a free resource where people who have a need can easily post their request to be seen by those with giving

hearts who may have a hand to give. Once you ave registered and posted in your state, 2Hands will act as the portal

for people who want to help you. If someone reads your posting and feels they can assist, they fill out the Request for Information form and 2Hands then sends them your email address only, so a safe dialogue can begin before a decision

is made to continue forward with assistance. 2Hands exists with only one purpose—-to bring one hand together with another!

FREECYCLE–All Communities


A world-wide website with many chapters in Michigan where you can find items (including new) being given away for

free. Clothes, toys, you name it! Register early and check daily!


The Information Center

20500 Eureka Suite 110

Taylor MI 48180

Phone: 734-282-7171



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.

The Detroit News Helping Hands Program

P.O. Box 441727

Detroit MI 48244

The Helping Hands campaign asks Michigan residents to help those in need over the holiday season by publishing

stories each day in the paper about those needing holiday help. Last day to apply is December 20th, 2011.


Phone: 313-833-4000


Referrals for Detroit residents only and can only be accessed from a Detroit library computer..

VARIETY / The Children’s Charity

Variety of Detroit

30161 Southfield Road Suite 301

Southfield MI 48076

Phone: 248-258-5511


Website: OR

Community Lutheran Church

23984 Gibraltar Road

Flat Rock MI 48134

Phone: 734-782-0563 Call on Wednesdays


Holiday assistance and grief counseling

Serves Flat Rock and Brownstown residents ONLY!

Salvation Army For other communities go to

1258 Biddle Avenue

Wyandotte MI 48192

Phone: 734-282-0930 Western Wayne residents 313-563-4457


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. 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 checklist in the office at the address above.

Adopt A Family 2011

Volunteers of America Michigan

21415 Civic Center Drive

Southfield MI 48076

Phone: 248-353-4862



Families who would like to receive help may APPLY ONLINE. Pontiac listing is below!

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.

Riverview Old Newsboy Goodfellow Fund

P.O. Box 2245

Riverview MI 48193

Phone: 734-281-4270

Open to families residing within the boundaries of Riverview ONLY. The deadlline for families to apply for consideration is Dec. 9th, 2011. The Goodfellows give toys to children up to age 10. Those ages 11 through 18 receive Meijer gift cards. Recipient families will be asked to pick up gifts Dec. 23rd at the fire station.

Wyandotte Jaycees JUST UPDATED 11/3/2012

Phone: 734-288-7340



Provides Christmas baskets for needy families in the downriver area. Those interested in making a nomination are asked

to send an email to the above email address with the following information: why the family is in need, names of parents and children (with ages), a little background on the family, the nominator’s relationship to the family and a family phone number with the name of an adult in the household to contact for an address if the nomination is chosen. The deadline to make nominations is Dec. 2nd, 2012.

Huron Township Rotary Goodfellows JUST ADDED 11/13/2012

Huron Twp. Rotary Goodfellows

P.O. Box 289

New Boston MI 48164-0289

Phone: 734-753-4320 (Helena) OR 734-753-3523 (Terri)


Applications are available at your childs Huron Twp. school or by calling the numbers above. All families will receive a food basket and ONLY children twelve and under will receive Christmas gifts. This program is ONLY for HuronTwp. families!

Joy of Jesus Ministry

Administrative Office:

12255 Camden

Detroit MI 48213

Phone: 313-839-4747



Joy of Jesus Holiday Ministry:

P.O. Box 32211

Detroit MI 48232

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

Phone: 313-871-7529


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, Easter

and Labor Day. SAHM 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, Easter and Labor Day.

The Salvation Army Eastern Michigan Annual Breakfast

Masonic Temple

500 Temple

Detroit MI

Phone: 313-361-6136 OR 877-725-6424


Applications also are being accepted for services offered specifically around Christmas, including holiday food baskets

and toys for children in need.

TOYS FOR TOTS This information is for the cities listed below ONLY! If you are

PO Box 612 from Monroe County, this is NOT for you (see listing below for

Trenton, MI 48183 Monroe County!)

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 .

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 48216

Phone: 313-894-4320



United Christian’s Women’s 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.

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.

New Dimension Outreach Food Bank

Ignited International Ministries

20320 Superior

Taylor MI 48180

Phone: 734-407-5100 (church)

734-383-5658 (food bank)

Email: (church) (food bank)

Website: www.

Holds new toy drives for its clients and has a food bank.

Greater Apostolic Faith Temple

4735 W. Fort Street (1 mile west of the Ambassador Bridge)

Detroit MI

Phone: 313-843-3660


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


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.

Cathedral Church of St. Paul

4800 Woodward Ave.

Detroit MI 48201

Phone: 313-831-5000



Holds a New Year’s Feast on New Years Day from noon to 2:30 p.m. All are invited!


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.

Toys for Tots, Christmas Food


Providence Ministries

PO Box 5464

Warren MI 48090-5464

Phone: 586-215-6766



Providing Christmas gifts for families with children ages 5-17 who are homicide survivors and demonstrate the need for holiday assistance. They will adopt 7 families. Families are to submit a letter explaining their story that can be verifiable through local police, DHS, etc. All letters will be reviewed and the families selected will be notified by mail to come in for

an interview at which time all documents necessary for documentation are to you be presented. Please download the application at their website at the above address. Application and letter MUST be mailed back to the address listed on

the form by Friday, Nov. 4th, 2011.

Solid Ground Shelter & Community Center

Administrative Office:

17955 11 Mile Road

Roseville MI 48066

Phone: 586-772-3604



Masonic Center

27151 Gratiot (North of 11 Mile)

Roseville MI

Solid Ground Shelter and Community Center, along with the Masonic Center, is hosting a Christmas Day Dinner at the Masonic Center (address above) from 2 to 5 p.m. The day will include a turkey dinner with the fixins’ & dessert, Santa, door prizes, entertainment, toys for children, new and used clothing and boots for children and adults and miscellaneous gifts for everyone. Some coats will also be available. There is no cost and no registration is required.

Cairnes Community Center

480 Orchard

Mt. Clemens MI

Phone: 586-464-0728

Phone: 586-464-0728


Hosting “Breakfast with Santa” for low-income families and others on Dec. 18th from 9-11 a.m.

Cost is $5 for breakfast and a photo of your child or children with Santa. No reservations are needed.

St. Mark Catholic Church

Good Samaritan Coalition

4401 Bart Street

Warren MI 48091

Phone: 586-759-3020

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.

Extended Hand Charity

4130 24 Mile Road

Shelby Twp., MI 48316

Phone: 586-254-3123



Serves families in Macomb and Oakland Counties. See website for more details.


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 JUST UPDATED 10/25/2012

The Salvation Army of Monroe County assisted more than 1,500 families through the Spirit of Christmas effort in 2011.

#This year, sign-ups for the Spirit of Christmas will take place at four locations from Nov. 5 through Nov. 30, 2012.

The Salvation Army of Monroe, 815 E. First St., will host sign-ups from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday.

#The South County office, 7200 Lewis Ave. Suite C-1 in Temperance will take sign-ups from 1 to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday.

#MCOP, 1140 S. Telegraph Rd., will be taking sign-ups by calling 241-2775 ext. 204 for hours.

#Only Greenwood and River Park residents can sign up from 9 to 11 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays for River Park

residents and 2 to 4 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays for Greenwood residents.

#To sign up, identification is needed for all adults in the home along with proof of Michigan residency, medical cards

or birth certificates for all children in the home; combined household income or Bridge Card and original social security

card of all members of the household, adults and children, must be presented.

#Distribution for the Spirit of Christmas will take place Dec. 17 for food only and Dec. 18 and 19 for food and toys.

Eagles Nest Church

620 E. Fourth Street

Monroe MI 48161

Phone: 734-241-1502


Wings, a volunteer project that provides clothes, household items, toys, coats and food to the needy will have a special Christmas distribution.

The Dundee Youth Service Organization (DYSO)

Dundee High School

130 Viking Dr.

Dundee MI

Phone: 734-770-8088

The House of Restoration

1110 E. Second Street

Monroe MI

Summerfield Township Volunteer Fire Department

Phone: 734-777-2115 OR 734-856-4246 Chief Nick Lucas

On Christmas Eve, members of the Summerfield Township Volunteer Fire Dept. will continue a tradition that dates back decades! Department members will be delivering bags of toys, candy and other surprises starting at dark Christmas Eve. Residents of the township need only to leave a porch light on and Santa Claus will stop by for a visit and drop off gifts. Residents should call Chief Lucas at the number above!


The Waterford Goodfellows is encouraging families served by the Waterford School District who are in need of holiday assistance to call 248-618-7555. Sign up for holiday assistance is limited to the first 300 families. This year, signup will

be in person on Dec. 3rd at 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Waterford Parks and Recreation Department, 2303 Crescent Lake Road

in Waterford. To qualify you must show your driver’s license or provide written documentation from the Waterford School District that your children are currently enrolled in the Waterford School District.

The Sterling Heights and Warren Goodfellows are accepting applications for Christmas assistance on Tuesday, Nov. 15th from 9 to 11 a.m. and on Wednesday, Nov. 16th from 9 a.m. to noon. in the transportation garage at the Warren Community Center. Applicants must bring proof of residence, income, government help, and ages, gender and birth certificates for children. For information call 586-651-5716.

Goodfellows of Ferndale


1635 Livernois

Ferndale MI 48220

Phone: 248-546-2510


1070 E. Nine Mile Road

Ferndale MI 48220

Phone: 248-546-2512

“Let No Child Be Without A Christmas” is the Goodfellow’s motto. For Ferndale and Pleasant Ridge families only.

Applications accepted December 1-15. Low income, elderly, handicapped

Berkley Goodfellows

Phone: (248) 541-9000 (Police Dept.)

Names accepted until a few days before Christmas. Berkley residents only. Self or agency referrals accepted.

Hazel Park Schools – Christmas Basket Project

Phone: (248) 544-5347

Food and gifts for children, serves some seniors. Referrals and applications accepted after Thanksgiving.

Contact the local Hazel Park elementary school that child attends or call above number.

Focus Hope

Phone: (313) 494-5500

Agencies must complete referral forms, call to have form sent. Low income, Oakland County.

Community Services of Oakland

Phone: (248) 542-5860

By appointment only – apply after October 1 until program is filled. Christmas gifts for Hazel Park, Ferndale and Madison Heights – children 13 and younger. Call for appointment. Will try to assist with last minute hardship Christmas requests

with outside agency referral (for SE Oakland residents only).

Extended Hand Charity

4130 24 Mile Road

Shelby Twp., MI 48316

Phone: 586-254-3123



Serves families in Macomb and Oakland Counties. See website for more details.

Baldwin Center

212 Baldin Avenue

Pontiac MI

Phone: 248-332-6101



Offers Christmas baskets to Pontiac families.

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 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


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.

Orchard Family Services

114 Orchard Lake Road

Pontiac MI 48341

Phone: 248-858-7766


2351 W. 12 Mile

Berkley MI 48072

Phone: 248-544-4004


2045 Maple Road

Walled Lake MI 48390

Phone: 248-624-3811


Has an Adopt-A-Family program and served 427 individuals and families in 2010!

Farmington Salvation Army

Phone: (248) 477-1153

Christmas only – applications accepted through December 11. Appointment required. Serves Southfield,

Farmington Hills, Wixom, S. Lyon and Novi.

Royal Oak Salvation Army – Thanksgiving and Christmas

Phone: (248) 585-5600

Applications accepted November 4-6 for Thanksgiving and Christmas – need proof of household income, I.D., proof

of residence, SS cards for all and birthdates of children. (Serves SE Oakland for Thanksgiving except Southfield.

No Christmas help for Hazel Park.)

Warren Salvation Army

24140 Mound Road (9 1/2 Mile and Mound)

Warren MI 48091

Phone: (586) 754-7400

Christmas assistance only (food voucher). Apply after November 10, Monday-Thursday 9:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. ID for adults, SS card for all, Medicaid cards, proof of income.

South Oakland Shelter

431 N. Main St.

Royal Oak, MI 48067

Phone: 248-546-6566


Provides shelter, meals and other services including holiday help through their “Hope for the Holiday” program

to homeless men, women and children and low-income.

Open Door Outreach Center

7170 Cooley Lake Road

Waterford MI 48327

Phone: 248-360-2930



Offers programs to assist low and moderate-income families during holidays and other special occasions to assist

low and moderate-income families who live in Waterford, White Lake, West Bloomfield, Keego Harbor, Sylvan Lake, Commerce, Walled Lake and parts of Wixom. Referrals from other agencies are also accepted. Families who live

outside of our service area will find some help and referrals to agencies in their home area.

Troy Police Department & Troy VFW Post 4037 JUST UPDATED 11/4/2012

2375 E. Maple (VFW Post 4037)

Troy MI 48083


Holiday baskets for Christmas for Troy residents. Family names are provided by Troy People Concerned and the

Troy School District. Businesses adopt families and donate while the Police Department and the VFW Post assemble

food and gifts for delivery in time for Christmas. Troy resident’s only – low income (150% of poverty), all ages.

Adopt A Family 2011 / Volunteers of America

Administrative Office:

618 E. Walton Blvd.

Pontiac MI 48340

Phone: 284-209-1033



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.

Catholic Charities of Genesse County (may serve those close to Oakland County line)

Administrative Office:

901 Chippewa

Flint MI 48503

Phone: 810-232-9950 OR 810-239-4417 (bi-lingual line)


Offers Christmas and Easter help.

Good Shepherd Coalition 2012 Holiday Assistance Program JUST ADDED 10/7/2012

33222 Groesbeck

Fraser MI 48026

Phone: 586-415-8100

ONLY Families with Children 17 yrs. & under are eligible to register. For families needing Thanksgiving

& Christmas. Must bring proof of residency, income and family size.

Mondays, Oct. 1, 8 & 15 from 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM and Wednesdays, Oct. 10 & 17 from 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM.


Salvation Army of Washtenaw County JUST UPDATED 10/22/2012

Ann Arbor Community Center

100 Arbana Drive

Ann Arbor MI

Phone: 734-668-8353



9 S. Park

Ypsilanti MI 48197

Washtenaw County residents in need of assistance this holiday season can apply to receive a

gift card to a local grocery for food and families with childdren up to age 14 can also apply for

toys from the Salvation Army Corps community center’s toy shops by applying at the Ann Arbor

Center from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24th, 2012 OR 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25th,

2012. Apply at the Ypsilanti Corp.’s office from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, October 23rd thru Thursday,

October 25th, 2012.

Faith in Action

603 S. Main St.

Chelsea, MI 48118

Phone: 734-475-3305


Christmas Adopt-A-Family project for those living in the Chelsea & Dexter school districts ONLY.

Saline Social Service Inc.

131 E. Michigan Avenue

Box 404

Saline MI 48176

Phone: 734-429-4570



Provides food baskets for Easter and Christmas. Also has a Holiday “Adopt A Family”program.

Must be a resident of the Saline School District.

Washtenaw Community Elves



Offering new and gently used gift items to families in need for the holiday, with no income restrictions.

Since 2005 we have provided and delivered gifts to hundreds of children in our community! Accepting

applications from Nov. 27th through December 19th, 2011. See website for more details!

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