Getting and giving assistance this winter

Image of a rain puddle.

Winter in Portland brings short days, long nights, holiday celebrations, extra expenses, and So. Much. Rain. Here are some ways to take care of yourself, your family, and your neighbors near and far.

Note: For the most up-to-date information on resources all over Oregon, contact 211info by dialing 2.1.1 (toll free), texting your zip code to 898211, emailing, or searching 211info's online Community Resource Directory

Keep warm

Find holiday meals and food boxes

  • Radio Cab Foundation's Turkey Project will be delivering Christmas turkeys with all the fixings to people living in Greater Portland. If you know a family in need these holidays, or are in need yourself, fill out their Dinner Request Form
  • Lift Urban Portland will have a Christmas meal open to all on December 25 from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm; call 503.221.1224 for the address.
  • SnowCap will also have a Christmas meal open to all, from noon to 2:00 pm at Rockwood United Methodist Church (17805 SE Stark St.).

Image of small child in the rain.

Get toys and gifts for your kids

  • On December 22 from 1 to 5 pm, Sisters of the Road Cafe will host a Winter Wonderland Kids Day full of gifts, games, movies, food, and arts and crafts.To reserve a spot on the gift list, call 503.222.5694 ext. 120.
  • Portland Toy & Joy Makers is providing gifts for children of low income families. Call the Toy Request Line at 503.231.8697 between 9 am and 3 pm from November 16 thru December 20.

Help out your community

Donate money

There is no shortage of organizations that could put your charity to good use, so how do you choose where to give?


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