Where Can Local Families in Need Find Help During the Holidays?

We all know parenting is tough, especially when it’s time to navigate holiday stresses and expectations. But when you’re going through a financial rough patch, the holidays can bring on a whole new layer of stress. Let’s help a fellow mama out by spreading the word about these local Huntsville and North Alabama agencies that are here to help and offer local families some assistance.

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WHERE TO FIND CLOTHING

Need a winter coat? There are a number of groups offering warm clothes for kids and adults.

Catholic Center of Concern
1010 Church Street NE, Huntsville, AL 35801
256-536-0041
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This clothing room is operated on a walk-in basis. Hours are Mondays and Wednesdays from 9-11 am, and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1-3 pm. Be sure to bring a photo ID for all adults and a social security card for all household members. The Catholic Center of Concern also offers diapers and baby boxes on a walk-in basis, Monday through Thursday, from 8:30 am – 3:30 pm.

Rose of Sharon
2412 Memorial Parkway NW, Huntsville, AL 35810
256-536-2970
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Rose of Sharon once operated a thrift store, but now they give away their stock on a walk-in basis: men’s and ladies’ clothing, jackets, shoes, and boots. No children’s clothes are available at this time. They also provide toiletries, toothpaste, deodorant, bath towels, and blankets as supplies are available. It’s a good idea to call first to inquire about available resources. Clothing vouchers can be replenished once a month. Be sure to bring one form of ID.

Christmas Charities Year Round
2840 Jordan Ln NW, Huntsville, AL 35816
256-837-2373
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Not just for toys, Christmas Charities assists with warm coats & clothes for children in your household up to age 18, as long as they’re in school. Christmas Charities will host two walk-in days this year before Christmas, during which they’ll have some food boxes available on a first come, first served basis. This assistance is available for Madison County only.


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Whitesburg Baptist Church
3911 Pulaski Pike NW, Huntsville, AL 35810
256-881-0952
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This clothing closet is free and available to the public. No appointments are necessary. Hours are Monday through Thursday from 9 am – 12 pm. Visitors must bring a photo ID and social security card.

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WHERE TO FIND FOOD

In need of Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner supplies for your family? Here are the places in Huntsville and North Alabama to check.

Food Line
256-534-2424
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Food Line is a telephone screening and referral service for various food pantries in Madison County. They’ll take your call and get you connected with an appointment time at a food pantry in your area.

Manna House
2110 Memorial Parkway SW, Huntsville, AL 35801
256-503-4848
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Manna House will be providing Thanksgiving food boxes this year. No meat is included, but the box will have all of the traditional Thanksgiving sides. The dates to get your box are next Monday and Wednesday, November 19th and 21st from 4-6:30 pm. There are no documentation requirements. Just show up and be prepared to wait in line. If you are disabled or unable to stand in line, you may drive your vehicle to the back dock and volunteers will load your car for you.


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Rose of Sharon
2412 Memorial Parkway NW
Huntsville, AL 35810
256-536-2970
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This fully active food kitchen served over 4,000 meals last month, and offers a safe, comfortable, and homey place to enjoy a meal. Rose of Sharon will be hosting a community meal for Thanksgiving on Thanksgiving Day at noon. Transportation can be provided if you call ahead of time to arrange a ride. Otherwise, no reservations are needed.

Rose of Sharon also offers food boxes to anyone food insecure between 2 and 4 pm, Mondays through Fridays. It’s a good idea to call first to inquire about availability of resources. One form of ID is required for food vouchers.

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HELP WITH TOYS

Going through tough times and need help getting Christmas gifts for your child? Although the signups for well-known places like Toys for Tots have already passed, there are still several last-minute options available this year.

Santa’s Secret Shop
2815 University Drive, Huntsville, AL 35816
256-489-8206
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Santa’s Secret Shop is a program operated through Second Mile Development, at The Neighborhood Store. In addition to used items, this thrift store sells some new toys and gifts at a fraction of retail price. If additional help is needed, parents and guardians can volunteer at the store to receive a $50 credit. You may call to get the signup sheet, and may sign up all the way until Christmas.


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Christmas Charities Year Round
2840 Jordan Ln NW, Huntsville, AL 35816
256-837-2373
Website
Christmas Charities assists with gifts for children in your household up to age 18, as long as they’re in school. Christmas Charities will host two walk-in days this year before Christmas, during which they’ll have some food boxes available on a first come, first served basis. Christmas Charities will work to help those in extenuating circumstances on the walk-in days, using resource lists and supplies to help in any way they can. Walk-in dates have not been set yet, so please call for dates, times, and documentation required. Please leave children at home so Santa can surprise them. This assistance is available for Madison County only.

Manna House
2110 Memorial Parkway SW, Huntsville, AL 35801
256-503-4848
Website
Manna House typically provides emergency food and toys on select days leading up to Christmas. Dates for 2018 are not yet available, so you may call for more information.

Rose of Sharon
2412 Memorial Parkway NW, Huntsville, AL 35810
256-536-2970
Website
Rose of Sharon has been known to assist with Christmas gifts through their Needy Family Program. Although no dates have been provided yet, you may call after Thanksgiving for more information.

211
Need something else? 211 is available 24/7 in Huntsville and Madison County, providing directory assistance in finding additional resources. Call anytime day or night, holidays included.

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