Giving Back This Holiday Season 2020

The holiday season is here and the spirit of giving is thriving, even in the midst of COVID-19.

Amid all the hustle and bustle we may sometimes forget the meaning of the season. This is after all, a time to give, not to receive. It is especially easy for children to overlook the joy of giving because they are anxiously planning for the gifts they wish to receive. This is a great teaching opportunity.

Here are a few suggestions that will help you and your children embrace the spirit of giving, and other ways you can support those in need in the community — especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

City of Vaughan Toy Drive

In the spirit of giving, donations of new unwrapped toys for children, newborn to 18 years of age can be dropped off at select Vaughan locations. New this year, you can donate toys online from the comfort of your home. Donations are accepted until December 11, 2020 (10am to 5pm). More

The CP24 CHUM Christmas Wish

The CP24 CHUM Christmas Wish program has become one of the largest distributors of toys to children in need in the GTA. The program also provides financial assistance to hundreds of agencies, ensuring that hundreds of thousands of children across the GTA enjoy a holiday experience. Toy drop-offs can be made We will be accepting donations at the Wish Warehouse in Mississauga, located at 1366 Blundell Road. Monetary donations are also accepted online. More

Toronto Fire Fighters Toy Drive

You can donate a new unwrapped toy at your local Toronto Fire Hall. Visi website for a list of Fire Halls near you. You can also make a monetary donation online. More

Holiday Food Drive at Reptilia Zoo

Anyone who brings in two non-perishable food items will receive half price admission. All non-perishable food items will be donated to local food banks. Daily until December 18, 2020, at Reptilia Zoo ― Vaughan and Whitby locations. More

Uncle Neil and Friends Annual Toy Drive

This year's concert will be held virtually on December 13. This event ensures that all children in need can enjoy a happy Christmas by raising toy donations. More

CTV's Toy Mountain

You can support the 25th annual Toy Mountain Campaign by donating online, by text or by dropping off a new, unwrapped toy or teen gift at a collection location. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, there won't any in-person events this holiday season. The 2020 Toy Mountain campaign will run until Friday December 18. More


You can donate goods, services and financial gifts to help support our most vulnerable during the COVID-19 pandemic. Funds donated to the City of Toronto’s COVID-19 response will directly contribute to the delivery of vital, community-focused services, both now and during recovery. More

Food Banks Canada

Food Banks Canada is a national charitable organization dedicated to helping Canadians living with food insecurity. They support a network of Provincial Associations, affiliate food banks, and food agencies that work at the community level to relieve hunger. Make a donation or volunteer. 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. It's the world’s farthest-reaching humanitarian organization for children. You can make donations and purchase gifts that give back. More

Make-A-Wish Canada

The agency creates life-changing wishes for children with a life-threatening illness. By donating, you can help transform lives by giving children with critical illnesses a reason to hope for a brighter future. You can also help by volunteering. More

The Covenant House Toronto

Covenant House helps youth at-risk ignite their potential and reclaim their lives. They help youth by providing food, shelter, job prep and education. You can donate or volunteer. More

Other charitable organizations where you can make monetary donations or volunteer your time...

Feed Ontario

A hunger relief program that serves over 500,000 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 that protects children from abuse and neglect. More

Second Harvest

Helps feed the hungry 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, to inspire and empower children and youth to reach their potential. More

Distress Centres of Greater Toronto

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 with 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, and more. More

Ontario Parents Advocating for Children with Cancer

A registered charity whose mission, since 1995, has been to be the parent voice for families with children diagnosed with cancer across the Province of Ontario. More

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