Share the Christmas spirit and find ways to give back over the holiday season! NOTE: This list is updated as information becomes available.
Volunteer Halton has volunteering opportunities for a wide range of local nonprofit organizations.
GET HELP: Free Community Dinners
Happy Festivus Dinner
For teens 13-19 years of age
An RSVP would be appreciated but not necessary.
Where: Bronte Youth Centre, 2296 Lakeshore Rd. W.
When: Fri. Dec.23, 2016
Salvation Army Christmas Dinner
A ticket is required to attend the dinner. A limited number of tickets will be available starting on Mon. Nov.30, 2015 at the Salvation Army Community Church office, 1225 Rebecca St.
When: Mon. Dec.14, 2015
Where: St. Paul’s United Church, 454 Rebecca St.
Contact: 905-827-5324 ext 22
Faith Baptist Church
Where: 1415 Trafalgar Rd. (directly across from Sheridan College)
When: Fri. Dec.4, 2015 at 6 pm
Contact: 905-842-0938 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to register
Calvary Fellowship Church
When: Fri. Dec.4, 2015
Where: Oak Park Community Centre, 2200 Sawgrass Dr.
Contact: 289-795-0365 or email Pat@calvaryoakville.ca to register
GIVE HELP: Food, Gift and Toy Drives
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Halton
Donations of grocery food cards.
Call ahead to ensure someone is available to receive them.
Canadian Blood Services
December blood donor clinics:
Where: Queen Elizabeth Park Community & Cultural Centre, 2302 Bridge Rd
When: Thu. Dec. 10, 2015 3 pm-7 pm
Where: Oakville Soccer Club, 1520 Pine Glen Rd
When: Tue. Dec. 15, 2015 4 pm-7 pm
Where: Oakville Town Hall, 1225 Trafalgar Rd
When: Fri. Dec. 18, 2015 1 pm-7 pm
Write to the Troops, see here
Op Santa Claus (send treats and necessities to Canadian Forces deployed overseas), see here
Home Suite Hope
Donations of cash, grocery, gas or clothing gift cards, sponsor a child’s music lesson or sports program or the gift of your time to volunteer.
Where: Home Suite Hope, 484 Kerr St. (call ahead to ensure someone is there to receive them)
When: 9 am-5 pm until Mon. Dec.21, 2015
Contact: 905-339-2370 or visit the website for cash donations
Children of Christmas Past
Choose a tag from the gift tree which contains a senior’s Christmas gift wish. Purchase a gift, wrap it with the gift tag face up (showing senior’s name and gift request) and return the gift to the tree location. Gifts will be delivered on Christmas morning.
Where: Kicks for Kids, 467 Speers Rd.
When: Mon. Nov.16, 2015
Fareshare Food Bank
Donations of food or cash.
Where: 1240 Speers Rd, Unit 6
When: Tue. Dec. 1, 2015
* food donation bins also located in grocery stores during business hours
Food for Life Turkey Drive
Volunteers will ask shoppers to donate a turkey to Food for Life. The turkeys will be distributed through social service agencies.
Where: Real Canadian Superstore, 201 Oak Park Blvd. and Fortino’s, 173 Lakeshore Rd. W.
When: Sat Dec.12 and Sun Dec.13, 2015 from 9 am-5 pm
Food for Life Food and Toy Drive
Donate non-perishable food, canned goods and toys
Where: Live Well Health and Healing Centre, 108 Bronte Rd
When: until Mon. Dec.21, 2015
Contact: Call 905-825-1992 for hours
Halton Regional Police Service Toys for Tots
Donations of new unwrapped toys, Canadian Tire money, cash or gift cards (especially those of interest to teens) for distribution by the Salvation Army and Halton Police.
Where: Drop off at any police station, Canadian Tire store, some TD bank branches and some Kerr Street businesses.
When: Fri. Nov.18 to Fri. Dec.16, 2016
Contact: HRPS at 905-825-4747 ext 5240
Halton Women’s Place
When: Mon. Dec.7 to Fri Dec.18, 2015
Contact: 905-332-1200 ext 244 for drop off location and times.
Kerr Street Mission
Donations of food or cash.
Oakville & Milton Humane Society
Monetary donations also welcome.
Oakville Professional Firefighters Association Christmas Toy Drive
Donate toys for infants, children and teens. Especially needed are gifts for infants and teens aged 12 and up.
Gift cards from local retail stores are also welcome.
Donations are distributed to local families and agencies including Kerr Street Mission, Salvation Army, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Children’s Aid Society, Halton Women’s Shelter, and the Oakville Parent-Child Centre.
Where: starting at Oakville’s Santa Claus parade or drop off at any Oakville Fire station
Royal LePage Realty Plus, 2347 Lakeshore Rd W until Dec.21, 2015
Wellness for the Body, 2418 Lakeshore Rd W until Dec.16, 2015
When: Sat., Nov.21 until Dec.18, 2015
Contact: click on the link for more information and locations of fire stations.
Oak Park Neighbourhood Centre
Donations of food, cash or grocery gift cards, family Christmas food or gift hampers.
Safetynet Children and Youth Charities
Donations of food, clothing, toys or cash.
Salvation Army Oakville Community Church
Donations of food, cash or new unwrapped toys.
Salvation Army – Santa Shuffle: 5K Fun Run and 1K Elf Walk:
Helps the Salvation Army of Oakville assist families and individuals at Christmas and throughout the year.
Where: Oakville Arena, 133 Rebecca St. (at Kerr St.)
When: Sat. Dec. 5, 2015 at 10 am
Contact: register at www.santashuffle.ca
Celebrate the Lights
Horse drawn wagon rides to enjoy the Christmas lights in the neighbourhood.
Enjoy Christmas carols, raffles and snacks with 100% of the proceeds to Easter Seals, Ontario to send children with disabilities to summer camp.
The event is free but participants are asked to make a donation.
Where: Sunningdale School, 1434 Oxford Dr.
When: Fri. Dec.18, 2015 from 5:30 pm to 8 pm
Contact: Elizabeth Polak 905-617-3556 or email email@example.com
Shoebox Project for Shelters
Collects small gifts packaged in decorated shoeboxes for distribution to women in local shelters and others in need. Items can include jewelry, makeup, hair accessories, scarves, hats, gloves, gift cards (include the value and receipt if possible) as well as personal products. No candles, products containing alcohol, razors, Halloween candy, books or clothes that are sized.
Boxes must be unsealed and items must be unused and packaged and kept to a value of $50.
Where: Donations can be dropped off at:
Integra Tire, 616 York St.
Ellephysio, 232 South Service Rd. E.
The Lounge Salon, 154 Kerr St.
Palermo Village Dental, 2525 Old Bronte Rd. #290
When: Thu. Nov.12 to Fri Dec.11, 2015 * check locations websites for hours
Contact: Sandra 416-450-5904 or email Sandra@shoeboxtax.ca
Trees for Kids
Bring an unwrapped toy/gift-preferably for a teen and receive a Christmas tree. Toys donated to Oakville children, funds to Easter Seals
Where: Century 21, 467 Speers Rd.
When: Sat. Dec.5, 2015 from 10 am to 2 pm
Contact: Hans Taal 905-845-9180 www.treesforkids.ca
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