Food and Toy Drives in Kitchener Share the Spirit of Christmas

There is just over a month until Christmas. The holiday parties are in full swing, the work pace begins to slow (for the lucky ones), and spirit of giving and kindness to others is at its annual peak.

Canadians are generous people, and around this special time of year, many of us look for ways to share the spirit of the holidays with those less fortunate than ourselves. One of our favourite traditions is making a donation to one of the city's annual holiday food and toy drives, who in turn distribute toys to families in need.

The Kitchener-Waterloo region has several big holiday drives run by reputable organizations that help to ensure that every child has the opportunity to receive a gift during the holiday season. If you don’t have a smaller community organization that you can give to, we recommend donating to one of these. When purchasing gifts for kids, keep in mind that each year what they need most are gifts for infants ages 0-2, and kids ages 11-18.


The 570 News Secret Santa Toy Drive is accepting donations of new and unwrapped toys for children in need at various drop of locations across Kitchener. See the 570 New website or all drop off locations.


The House of Friendship brings together hundreds of volunteers each year to pack special food hampers and deliver them to people who are living on a low income or in need during the holiday season. The House of Friendship is accepting cash donations towards the purchase of products for the food hampers.


The Cambridge Food Bank provides Christmas hampers and gifts to low-income working families. They are accepting food items in support of their food hamper programs and food cooperative on the Donation page or through the Salvation Army Community and Family Services Cambridge. You can also drop off an unwrapped gift or toy at the Cambridge Self-Help Food Bank for a child between the ages of 0-8 years.