Giving Back this Holiday Season

During the holiday season, families gather to enjoy delicious meals, exchange gifts and celebrate the year gone by. But for a number of underprivileged families, the holiday season can be a particularly difficult time. We've made a list of all the wonderful ways you can help those in need, and an ideal opportunity to teach children the true spirit of the season.

Find toys drives, volunteering options, and other ways that families can give back in meaningful ways, to those less fortunate...

The CHUM City Christmas Wish
The CP24 CHUM Christmas Wish program has become one of the largest distributors of toys to children in need in the Greater Toronto Area. The program also provides financial assistance to hundreds of agencies, ensuring that hundreds of thousands of children across the GTA enjoy a holiday experience. You can also find volunteering opportunities.

Toronto FireFighters Toy Drive
Drop off new, unwrapped toys at a firehall near you! The Toronto Fire Fighters Toy Drive is a non profit registered charity working with corporate partners to help pre-screened families in need. There are also volunteering opportunities.

Uncle Neil and Friends Annual Toy Drive
December 9, 2018
Make dreams come true this Christmas! On Sunday December 9th bring a toy and your family to The Newfoundlander Tavern and enjoy free activities for kids.  Face painting, cookie decorating, super heroes, arts and crafts, a visit from Santa and so much more. All while rocking out with the Toy Drive house band.

Toronto (Scarborough) Police Annual Toy Drive
Now until December 15, 2018
Police divisions in the city's east end are once again accepting donations of toys to benefit the over 1,000 children who will be spending their holidays in shelters.

CTV's Toy Mountain
Until December 19, 2018
Help support the 23rd Annual Toy Mountain Campaign with an unwrapped toy, teen gift or cash donation. Check the Toy Mountain Calendar below to see when and where events will be taking place.

Toronto Holiday Toy & Food Drive
Now until December 21, 2018
Show your holiday spirit and help those in need in our community by donating to the City of Toronto Holiday Toy & Food Drive. Until Friday, December 21, new, unwrapped toys and non-perishable food items are being collected in public donation bins at City Hall, Metro Hall and all civic centres. This year, toys will be donated to the Toronto Fire Fighters Toy Drive and non-perishable food to the Daily Bread Food Bank.

You can also find toy donation drop off boxes at most malls as well at Marshall's and HomeSense stores.

Where you can make donations or volunteer:

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

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. More

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

The Covenant House
Canada's largest youth shelter. More

Ontario Association of Food Banks
A hunger relief program that serve over 449,000 individuals in Ontario. More

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

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

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

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. More

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

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. More

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

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. More

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

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