Below is a list of places in Summit County that offer Holiday Assistance for Thanksgiving and Christmas in the form of food baskets, toys, coats, and more. Check your local church as well. If you have an organization that offers assistance, please comment below to add.
Also see Akron Community Resources post for a list of resources in Akron and Summit County for food, health clinic, dental, financial assistance, housing assistance, help with heating bills, tutoring, legal help, foreclosure assistance, and more
Holiday Assistance in Summit County
The Salvation Army provides Holiday Assistance for people in need during the holidays. They Partner with Toys for Tots to provide gifts and toys for kids ages 14 and under, and offer holiday food baskets for households with or without children.
Must provide the following:
- PHOTO ID: Social Security Card AND Valid Drivers License or State Identification Card
- PROOF OF ALL CURRENT INCOME: Pay stubs for last 30 days, ODJFS printout, child support papers, SSI/SSD letters, Worker’s Comp statement, rent subsidy/utility allowance stubs. Note: A Health Card is not proof of income.
- PROOF OF ALL BILLS: Includes Lease/Mortgage papers, utilities, car payments, insurance payments, child care, any other bills
- PROOF OF ALL CHILDREN IN HOUSEHOLD: Must provide a Social Security card for all children or a printout from Job and Family Services with Social Security numbers listed for all children
- PROOF OF OTHER ADULTS IN HOUSEHOLD: Must provide either a photo ID or a Social Security card
An application must be completed at the office on one of the scheduled days.
Barberton and Norton only – Barberton Salvation Army at 560 Wooster Rd West
Wednesday, November 3, 2010: 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
All Summit County – Salvation Army at 190 Maple Street in Akron
Tuesday, November 15th, 2011: 10:00am to 6:00pm
Toys for Tots Holiday Assistance – Toys
Find your local Toys for Tots location here. In the Akron, Ohio area, the location is Solid Rock Christian Fellowship Baptist Church
Dates & Times For Sign Ups
November 17th: 10a.m. – 3p.m.
November 30th: 10a.m. – 3p.m.
December 1st: 12p.m. – 4p.m.
December 8th: 12p.m. – 4p.m.
December 10th: 10a.m. – 4p.m.
Must provide the same as The Salvation Army (above).
Solid Rock Christian Fellowship Baptist Church
991 Kenmore Blvd
Akron, OH 44314
Holiday Assistance in Summit County – Thanksgiving and Christmas Food Baskets, Gifts, and Toys for Kids
East Akron Neighborhood Development Corporation provides limited Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets for low-income seniors and families with children during the holiday seasons and gifts and toys for low-income households with children during the Christmas holiday season.Walk in to apply for assistance during 2011 sign-ups at 550 South Arlington Street Akron, Ohio 44306. They serve Summit County families with children age 16 and under and seniors 65 and older. Will not assist households who have already signed up for 2011 holiday assistance through another agency or program.
Documents required:Must provide a photo ID, Social Security cards for all members of the household, proof of income and proof of address.
Also provides homeowner counseling, HUD counseling, lead paint abatement, money management, mortgage payment assisance, weatherization programs in Summit County.
East Akron Neighborhood Development Corporation
550 South Arlington Street
Akron, OH 44306
Holiday Assistance in Summit County and beyond (everyone welcome) – Toys and Clothes
Friendship Apostolic Church offers a one-day distribution of new and used toys as well as new and used clothing for all ages on Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011 from 10:00am to 1:00pm. Everyone is welcome, no restrictions.
Friendship Apostolic Church
332 Trigonia Drive
Akron, OH 44302
Holiday Assistance in Akron, Ohio - Thanksgiving & Christmas Food Baskets
Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church provides special food baskets for low-income residents in the 44310 zip code during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. Food pantry available 3rd and 4th Tuesday and Thursday too.
Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church
327 Cuyahoga Street
Akron, OH 44310
Holiday Assistance in Barberton, Norton, Clinton and Canal Fulton, Ohio
Adventist Community Services provides holiday food baskets for low-income community residents during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays with a social service organization referral. Must provide the last four digits of the Social Security number for each household member, a photo ID, and a current utility bill. Hours:Monday and Tuesday: 9:00am to 3:00pm (Closed 12-1pm). Also offers clothing and household goods and furniture.
Adventist Community Services
223 Second Street Northwest
Barberton, OH 44203
Holiday Assistance in Copley, Fairlawn, and Bath, Ohio – Food Baskets, Toys, and Coats
Holiday Assistance for families in need in Copley, Fairlawn, and Bath residing in the Copley-Fairlawn School District. Families with kids 17 and under will be provide food by Kiwanis, toys by Copley Police Department, and coats by Outreach Center. There is a brief mandatory interview on Dec 1 and Dec 4th at Copley Community Center. Fill out this application before the interview.
Holiday Assistance in Copley, Ohio – Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter Food Baskets
Copley Outreach Center Service offers special food baskets for low-income individuals and families in the Copley Fairlawn School District on major holidays including Thanksgiving, Christmas (individual & families), and Easter. Offers special food baskets for low-income individuals and families without children for the Christmas holiday. Pre-registration for Thanksgiving Baskets ends on November 15th, 2011. Pre-registration for Christmas Baskets ends on December 15th, 2011. Must provide proof of address. Tuesday and Friday: 10:00am to 2:00pm
They also offer clothing, food pantry on Tuesdays and Fridays, and temporary financial aid.
Copley Outreach Center
1502 South Cleveland-Massillon Road
Copley, OH 44321
Holiday Assistance for Military Families in Ohio
Our Adopt-A-Family program is for enlisted military families in need of holiday assistance in Ohio. Sponsors of families are required to provide $50-$100 for a holiday meal for the family, as well as $25-$75 per child for holiday gifts.
Requirements for this program:
- Active Duty
- Currently residing in Ohio
- Willing to provide appropriate documentation (LES, ID, Deployment Orders (if currently deployed), Documentation of combat injury (if wounded).
- Have not participated in OH Ohio’s Adopt-A-Family program for more than 2 years.
- Able to describe why you are in need of assistance this year.
Holiday Assistance for Cleveland, Ohio Area
Click here for Holiday Assistance for Cleveland, Ohio area.
If you have an organization that offers assistance, please comment below to add.