Charitable organizations seek assistance during holiday season


Maj. James Spencer of the Salvation Army in Cocoa discusses the organization’s Angel Trees and new toys the public can donate for needy children.

SENIOR LIFE David Reigada


During the holiday season, charitable organizations help put dinners on tables and give Christmas gifts to those who would otherwise go without. For some of these organizations, their main fundraising is beginning.

The Salvation Army is among the organizations helping those in need. Their Christmas bells are ringing and their red kettles are prominent around town.

“It is our biggest fundraiser,” Maj. James Spencer said.

The community can donate or help other Salvation Army holiday outreaches. Groups and individuals can donate canned goods, boxed stuffing, turkeys and hams.

For Christmas, look for Salvation Army “Angel Trees” in public places. Participants take a tag from the tree. It includes a child’s name and gift ideas. Bring food and unwrapped gifts to the Salvation Army at 919 Peachtree Street in Cocoa. For information, call 321-632-6060.

North Brevard Charities in Titusville also spreads holiday cheer to those in need.

The community is urged to contribute canned goods, boxed stuffing, holiday candy, turkeys and hams.

Those wanting to “play Santa” may take a child’s “wish list” from the organization’s Christmas tree.

“We aim to help 600 families,” said Joe Robinson, the executive director.

Bring food and unwrapped gifts to North Brevard Charities at 4475 S. Hopkins Ave. in Titusville. For information, call 321-269-3272 or go to their website at

Hope for North Brevard is having a Christmas dinner drive. They supply the turkey and invite the public to bring non-perishable items to the organization’s thrift store at 2214 Garden Street in Titusville. For information, call 321-383-8638 or go to their website at

The Cor Jesu Food Pantry also is providing holiday food. Bring non-perishable goods to the little red wagon in the vestibule of St. Teresa Catholic Church at 203 Ojibway Ave. in Titusville.

The Titusville Area Chamber of Commerce and the City of Titusville are collecting new, unwrapped toys for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program.

Bring toys to the Chamber of Commerce at 2000 S. Washington Ave. For information, call 321-267-3036. The Titusville City Hall is at 555 S. Washington Ave. For information, call 321-567-3775 or go to the website at

Local food pantries also need to be stocked. Walk-About-Ministry, an outreach to the needy and those struggling with addiction, is among them.

The organization is at 112 South Brown Ave. in Titusville. For information, call 321-269-1200 or go to their website at