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 toy drives, who in turn distribute toys to families in need. The Greater Toronto Area has several big toy 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 CHUM/CITY CHRISTMAS WISH
This is the 50th annual CHUM/CP24 Christmas Wish. Their "Give A Kid A Christmas" campaign is on until December 23rd. Bring a new, unwrapped toy (or a cash or cheque donation) to any of their drop-off locations.
SALVATION ARMY AND CTV’S TOY MOUNTAIN
The 21st annual Salvation Army and CTV's annual Toy Mountain campaign is accepting new, unwrapped toys, and cash donations until December 23rd. There are drop-off locations at participating Toronto Area Ford Dealers, Best Buy, Speedy Auto Service, Marshalls, McDonald’s, Lowe’s, Access Storage, Vin Bon, as well as most major shopping centres.
TORONTO FIRE FIGHTERS’ TOY DRIVE
The Toronto Fire Fighters' Toy Drive is accepting new and unwrapped toys until December 24th. Those who wish to donate can drop off donations at their nearest Toronto Fire Services location. Firefighter volunteers will distribute the gifts to infants and children up to 17 years of age who are in hospitals or shelters.