Northwest Assistance Ministries Prepares For Distribution of Holiday Food and Toys

By: Stephanie Pena
| Published 10/23/2021


HOUSTON, TX -- This holiday season Northwest Assistance Ministries (NAM) will bless 1,500 families with food and provide toys for 5,000 children.

The goal for NAM’s annual Holiday Food/Toy Distribution is to supply local families in need with gifts for their children and staples necessary for preparing holiday meals. Ingredients for a full holiday meal, complete with a turkey, is provided at Thanksgiving and a second full meal is provided in December.

Registration to receive food and toys opened in September for eligible applicants and closed after only eight hours once NAM reached its capacity for the number of families it could serve. To be eligible, clients had to meet certain requirements and reside within NAM’s participating zip codes.

Although registration is now closed, donations are still being accepted. Donations of new, unwrapped toys in the range of approximately $25 per gift for ages 0-12 are especially needed. Toys may be dropped off at The Harrell Family Opportunity Center located behind NAM’s main building at 15555 Kuykendahl Road, Houston, Texas 77090, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. until Monday, December 6, 2021. Food donations may be delivered to the Joanne Watford Nutrition Center (JWNC) located on the side of NAM’s building. Please note that the JWNC cannot accept dented canned goods or expired foods.

Last year NAM provided holiday meals for 1,700 local families and toys for 5,500 children.

Northwest Assistance Ministries is a non-profit, community-based social service agency that strives to meet basic human needs through Neighbors Helping Neighbors. NAM provides assistance in areas such as food, shelter, health, education and domestic violence awareness and intervention. During its last fiscal year, NAM touched the lives of more than 132,000 people through its many programs and services.