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Three Social Workers provide excellent information and advice on a variety of family needs: 9th Grade: Doug Hackett at 668-1952 10th Grade Carla Davis Vue at 668-1979 and 11th and 12th graders Mr. Tom Feri at 668-1956.



If you need help for ANYTHING just dial 2-1-1 .Toll free: 1-800-543-7709. Multi-lingual access are available for over 100 languages including Spanish, Hmong, Somali and Russian. Trained information specialists and volunteers can connect you to over 40,000 community resources including:

NOTE:    It is a good idea to call ahead to see about availability as most are on a 1st come – 1st serve basis

The Salvation Army Emergency Toy Shop – Cards will be mailed to your home address with pick up date, time and location.   Children must be 14 and younger.  Adults must present picture ID and proof of address and each child must have ID – birth certificate, medical card or social security card at the time of pick up.  Salvation Army Hotline – 651-746-3595, 1st COME – 1ST SERVED

Marie Sandvick Center, 612-870-9617, 1112 Franklin Ave. East

Vincent DePaul @ 2939 12 Ave. So. 612-722-7882 is a thrift shop.

Sabathani Community Center – Please call 612-821-2396 mid November  regarding Toys for Tots. As of this writing, Sabathani staff were not sure if they going to have this activity this year. If so, you will have to show ID’s for yourself & your children, plus mail verifying your address.  You can also go every 30 days for food and clothing – they are closed on Fridays.   

Basilica of St. Mary, 88 North 17th St., Minneapolis, 612-333-1381, You MUST be a current Minneapolis resident and provide a piece of mail verifying address and ID’s for the children.  FAMILIES ONLY and not living in a shelter.


CHRISTMAS WITH DIGNITY (HOSPITALITY HOUSE) 612-522-4485, 1220 Logan Ave. No., Minneapolis, 55411.  To pre-register the parent will need a photo id, original birth certificate for each of the children and if address has changed a utility bill with the new address.

     NOTE:  They also have an Urban Learning program for K-12 students.  They will pick up at neighborhood schools.  The program is available from 2:00 pm-7:00pm M-F.  Individual academic coaching and small group coaching is available. 


WAITE HOUSE:  2529 – 13th Ave. So., Mpls., 55404; 612-721-1681. As of this writing,  no Toys with Tots this year. However, it is not yet officially confirmed. Please call above number to inquire.


MINNESOTA FOOD HELPLINE – a program of Hunger Solutions Minnesota, 1-888-711-1151. The phones are answered from 8:30 – 4:30 M – F, (excluding holidays) and multilingual phone assistance is available.

Union Gospel Mission, 651-228-1800, (FOOD)

 Sharing & Caring Hands, 525 No. 6th St, Minneapolis, MN  55405 – shelter, food, clothing.  Is open M – Th from 10:00 – 11:30 and 1:30 – 3:00.  Meals are served M – Th at 10:30, 12:00 and 3:30.  Sat & Sun at 9:30 and 11:00.  They are closed on Friday. 

Oak Park Center, 1701 Oak Park Ave. No., Mpls., MN  55411 (612-377-7000).  Free clothing Tue – Thur  from 10:00 – 4:00. This store is open year round.   MUST LIVE ON NORTH SIDE and HAVE ID. .  Thanksgiving Turkey raffle – go in, fill out a card and if the card is drawn you will be called. 

Pillsbury House – 3501 Chicago Ave. So., Mpls., MN  55407 (612-824-0708) 

United Way – dial 211 on landline phone or cell – 651-291-0211.  Wait to speak to a person (do not leave a message), give your address, phone number and need (Thanksgiving basket, Christmas basket. etc) and they will give you organizations/churches etc.  for you to contact. 

Salvation Army – 2024 Lyndale Av. N., Mpls.,  MN 55411 (612) 522-4871 and 1019 Payne Ave., St.Paul, Mn 55101 (651-776-8169).  The food shelf is open from 8:30 – 11:30 and 1-3:30. This is on a 1st Come/1st Serve basis in that the doors open at 8:30 and the 1st 15 people in line will be served.  Then the door is closed.  The same for the 1 – 3:30time slot – doors open at 1 and the 1st 20 people in line or the food runs out will be served.  You will have to show IDs for yourself & your children, plus mail verifying your address.  Contact the Salvation Army closest to your home for services provided as they all seem to be a little different.  Free evening meals are served nightly at Harbor Lights in Mpls. 

Calvary Kidstuff- 2608 Blaisdell Ave S., Minneapolis, MN, 612-636-8868, Saturdays only from 9-12:00 PM. This is a 2nd hand store  for gently worn  children’s clothing, books and toys.  There is a cost for the coats from $0.25 to $1.50  

Marie Sandvick Center, 1112 E Franklin, Minneapolis, MN, 612 870-9617, Thursdays only at 1pm –Coats and clothing.

Oxboro Evangelical Free Church, 9431 Nicollet Ave S., Tuesdays from 9:00am –12:00 pm, Phone 952 881-6956 – Clothes Closet providing clothing and shoes plus small household items.

 St. Stevens Human Services They have a free store, 8:30am – 11:30am Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 2211 Clinton Ave S, Minneapolis, MN, 612-874-0311

Please also feel free to call Tom Murray, Patrick Henry Family and Community Liaison at 651-324-8281 ANYTIME /nights and weekends for help in the following areas:
  • Childcare
  • Counseling
  • Crisis response:
    volunteering/ donating
  • Food
  • Healthcare
  • Housing
  • Legal help
  • Mental health
  • Transportation
  • Youth services
  • Senior services