With the holiday season coming, it is a time for family traditions, gift giving and spreading joy with others. However, for far too many there is little to enjoy during the holidays due to financial hardships or trying circumstances.
Below is a list of local charitable organizations and programs that are accepting donations for the holiday season.
The Oakville Firefighters Toy Drive kicks off every year during the annual Oakville Santa Claus Parade which is taking place on November 15 this year (2014) The parade is preceded by the Oakville Firefighters collecting toys for the toy drive!
If you cannot make it to the parade you can drop off a toy at any Oakville fire station drop off location which are listed here. All donations of new, unwrapped toys are greatly appreciated. Gift cards for all major retailers are also welcome.
There is a strong need for gifts for infants and adolescents aged 12 and up, based on shortages for these age categories in previous years. Some ideas for the older ages are: Sports equipment, Electronics, Headphones, Posters, Calendars, Journals, School Supplies, Backpacks, Clothing, Winter Hats and Gloves, Jewelry, Hair Accessories, Nail Polish, Makeup, Blankets, Shower Products, Movies
Donations will be accepted at any local Oakville Fire Station until December 18, 2014.
The Halton Children’s Aid Society (Halton CAS) helps children/youth who have been abused or experienced family trauma and neglect.
The holiday seasonal program’s goal is to provide donation support of food, basic household necessities, toiletries as well toys and gifts to share the joy of the season. Family Gift Card Packages must be received at their office by December 9th. General donations must be received by December 13th. For more information on the program please visit the website or contact above. Official tax receipts will be provided for financial donations.
The Basketeers is a 100% volunteer run program of currently 12 chapters in eastern Canada and Penticton, B.C. to support women coming from women’s shelters. Very often, the mother of the family is forgotten around the holidays. Therefore the purpose of the Basketeers is to provide a large basket of items for a woman who is starting a new life for herself and her children.
To fill a basket or make an online donation, please visit the above website. The site will show how to donate online and a list of suggested items as well as the drop off date and location(s) for the baskets. National Drop off date: Saturday, November 22nd. This is not a registered charity. No official tax receipts provided.
Halton Women’s Place assists women and their children who have experienced abuse and trauma. This nonprofit organization offers shelter and support services for women to pursue productive and violence free lives within their community . There is many ways to provide donation support: cloths, household items, infant supplies, food, and financial donations. Offical tax receipts will be provided for financial donations. For more information on ways to give please visit the website or contact above
The Shoebox Project, similar to the Basketeers, collects gifts that will fit into a shoebox that is than given to women living in shelters across Canada. This gift has tremendous power to show recipients that they are indeed cared for by their community peers. In 2013 the Shoebox Project was able to provide Shoebox gifts to 9,100 women in 188 shelters and outreach programs in 26 communities across Canada! If you are interested in starting your own Shoebox Project or would like to donate to the project or even volunteer, please visit the above website for more information.
United Way provides both individuals and families in Oakville a multitude of programs and services to improve their quality of life. There are many ways to support the United Way this holiday Season.
1 – Dinner for Two Anywhere in the World Raffle – For only $10 a ticket these make great stocking stuffers, teacher or co-worker gifts. All proceeds go to our fundraising campaign.
2 – Mobile Giving – as part of Giving Tuesday (Dec 2nd) we have a mobile giving campaign where we are asking supporters to use their phones for a good cause. All they need to do is text BELIEVE to 20222 and they can make a donation of their choice (tax receipts are issued).
Kerr Street ministries is a nonprofit organization that provides support to families and individuals in Oakville struggling with poverty. They offer numerous community programs, such as community meals, food bank, prenatal classes, youth clubs, children’s day camps and more.
For the past 10 years they have organized a family fundraising campaign called “Christmas Wonders and Beyond” during the holiday season. This initiative allows families to provide their own special holiday celebration of their choosing through gifts card donations. To learn more about the campaign click here. Official tax receipts will be provided.
Entirely run by volunteers, ClothingWorks is a Oakville community based program that provides clothing donations to women in need that are entering the job market. In addition to clothing donations financial donations are welcomed as well. Tax receipts will be provided.
Donation drop off location: 226 Randall St., Suite 101, Oakville
Helping Oakville families in need since 1988, this non-profit organization serves approximately 350 families and 1,200 per individuals every month. They are 100% run by volunteers with no government subsidy, relying on the Oakville community for both food and financial donations. If interested in running a Christmas food drive, please contact (905) 847-3988. For cash and cheque donations, tax receipts are issued immediately. 78% of financial donations go directly to purchase food for clients.
Location: 1240 Speers Road, Oakville
Their mission is to provide both immediate and long term support at the individual, community and global level for those in need. They provide many types of support including: shelter, social programs and food to those in need.
Upcoming fundraising events include: .Christmas with The Salvation Army, Toronto Northern Lights Chorus at Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto. Tickets are from $20 to $30 (call 416-872-4255 to reserve). Both food and financial donations are always welcomed and needed and tax receipts are provided. Please visit above website for more information.
Contact: (905) 827-5324
Location: 1225 Rebecca Street, Oakville Ontario
Home Instead Senior Care in Oakville partners with local non-profit and community organizations to identify seniors who might not otherwise receive gifts or cards during the holidays. The company then works with local businesses to facilitate the purchase and distribution of gifts.
The program usually begins the first week of November and runs until early December. If you would like to donate a gift for a senior, please contact 905-847-8433 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shoeboxes are filled by Canadians with hygiene items, school supplies, toys, and candy, and are given to children regardless of gender, race, or religion. In 2014, shoeboxes will be distributed in Uruguay, El Salvador, Guatemala, Sierra Leone, Guinea Bissau, Venezuela, Equatorial Guinea, Costa Rica, Guinea, Haiti, Nicaragua, Chile (including Easter Island), and Senegal (listed destination countries are subject to change).
Read about how and what to pack in a shoebox here. In addition to the items in the shoebox, a $7 minimum donation is required to pay for shipping. Click here to find a shoebox collection centre near you. Shoeboxes must be dropped off between November 17 to 23, 2014.