Waco Charities to Give to this Holiday Season


The holiday season is an important time to give back to our community. We can make a difference in the lives and wellbeing of children and families by helping meet essential needs, as well as helping parents give their children a Christmas. Donating to charities is a wonderful way to serve and give back to others, and including our children teaches them how we give to those in need.

First Woodway Baptist Church Food Pantry

The First Woodway Food Pantry serves families in our community by providing groceries and meals. Each recipient also receives a warm breakfast where they receive genuine care, community, and prayer. Food donations can be dropped off at the church office administrative building during business hours, Sunday mornings in bins in the Commons, or during the Food Pantry Hours.

Office Hours: Monday – Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and Fridays 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  Food Pantry Hours on Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. & 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.  Will be closed Thursday December 21st, 28th, & January 4th for Holiday.

Church Office Address:  101 N Ritchie Rd, Woodway, TX 76712

Food Item List

Please note all meats need to can and food must not be expired.
Contact: Lynn Brooks @ (254) 772-9696

Salvation Army

The Salvation Army Angel Tree program provides Christmas gifts for children in our community. Once a child or senior adult has been registered and accepted as an Angel, their Christmas wish list is shared with donors in your community who purchase gifts of new clothing and toys. The gifts are distributed to the family to place under their family Christmas tree.

Purchase Angel Tree gifts in the store or online at the following link: https://southernusa.salvationarmy.org/waco

Salvation Army Waco 4721 W Waco Drive, Waco, Texas 76710

Talitha Koum

Talitha Koum is a beloved organization here in Waco that cares for young children and is an early childhood developmental institute for low-income qualifying families. Its programs cultivate and foster early childhood development while offering multiple ways to care for and enrich the lives of children. Talitha Koum partners with other organizations within the community to help meet essential needs and donations are always needed and accepted.

Donations Received during Hours of Operation; Monday – Friday 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Please call the office at (254) 753-1144 to prepare for your donation delivery.

Donation List & Online Donations are here: Talitha Koum Donate

Toys for Tots

The Toys for Tots program is an official activity sponsored by the U.S. Marine Corps and is a part of their official mission to provide Christmas toys to less fortunate children. It is a national program, but also focuses on our local community here in Waco, Texas. Donations have been made easy by donating online to the following link: ToysforTots

While this isn’t by any means an extensive list of local charities that need our help this holiday season, it is a starting point! There are many ways you can help children and families receive the joy of Christmas – whether you bake cookies for the local fire department, give a blanket to someone without housing, or simply send a card telling someone you love them – lets remember that it all begins with a heart of compassion and giving.

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