Give Back this Season!

With the Holidays fast approaching, we wanted to highlight some great ways kids and their parents can help give back to those in need. Find toys drives, volunteering options, and other ways that families can give back in meaningful ways, to those less fortunate.

Donations and Toy Drives

Toy drives and donation banks have been set up all over the city to help children and families. Help your child choose an age-appropriate gift and talk about the process. Remind them that there are many children in need and reinforce the fact that they are helping someone less fortunate. Remember to include gifts for teens who are often overlooked.

Here are few places that are collecting items, throughout December:

Toronto Firefighters Toy Drive. Donate a toy at your local Toronto fire hall. For a map of fire halls in your neighbourhood, click here.

City of Toronto Toy Drive
The Mayor's Annual Toy Drive is now underway. ... Residents and City staff are encouraged to drop off new, unwrapped toys, and gifts.

Toronto Police Annual Toy Drive

The CHUM City Christmas Wish

CTV's Toy Mountain

JEI Learning Centre - Davisville

Where you can give back or volunteer in Toronto:

How to help those who are homeless and vulnerable in Toronto. If you're looking for volunteer opportunities, click here.

Food Banks Canada   
Food Banks Canada is the national charitable organization representing the food bank community across Canada.

UNICEF is the world’s leader for children, working in virtually every country around the world to save, protect, and enhance the lives of girls and boys.

Children's Wish Foundation
Making a difference in lives of children diagnosed with a life-threatening illness.

The Covenant House
Canada's largest youth shelter.

Ontario Association of Food Banks
A hunger relief program that serve nearly 400,000 individuals, including 148,000 children.

The Good Sheppard
Helps homeless individuals and others in need find essential services.

The Children’s Aid Society
The second largest child welfare agency in greater Toronto, and protects children from abuse and neglect.

Second Harvest
Helps feed hungry people by picking up and preparing excess fresh food and delivering it daily to social service agencies in Toronto.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Toronto
Canada’s leading child and youth mentoring charity that facilitates life-changing relationships that inspire and empower children and youth to reach their potential.

Toronto Distress Centre
The agency offers round the clock response to those experiencing emotional distress or in need of crisis intervention and suicide prevention.

Kids Help Phone Line
Improves the well-being of children and youth in Canada by providing them anonymous and confidential professional counselling, referrals, and information.

Volunteer Toronto
Resources to volunteer in Toronto and make a difference in your community today!

Toronto Humane Society
The day to day operations of The Toronto Humane Society emphasize the shelter and return of lost pets, care for abused and abandoned animals, adoptions to good homes.

Know of any other charitable organisations that could use some help over the Holidays? List them below!

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