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 11-19 years of age
An RSVP would be appreciated but not necessary.
Where: Bronte Youth Centre, 2296 Lakeshore Rd. W.
When: Fri. Dec.23, 2016
Faith Baptist Church
Where: 1415 Trafalgar Rd. (directly across from Sheridan College)
When: Fri. Dec.2, 2016 at 6 pm
Contact: 905-842-0938 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP
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).
Also looking for individuals to sponsor a family for Christmas.
Canadian Blood Services
December blood donor clinics:
Where: Queen Elizabeth Park Community & Cultural Centre, 2302 Bridge Rd
When: Thu. Dec. 22, 2016 3 pm-7 pm
Where: Oakville Town Hall, 1225 Trafalgar Rd
When: Fri. Dec. 16, 2016 1 pm-7 pm
Canadian Armed Forces write to the Troops
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: Mon. to Fri. 9 am-5 pm until Fri. Dec.16, 2016
Contact: Call 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.
Oakville Fare Share Food Bank
Donations of food or cash accepted at the food bank, 1240 Speers Rd. Unit 6 (call ahead for hours).
Donations of food at any Oakville fire station 24 hours a day * food donation bins located at local grocery stores during business hours.
Food for Life Turkey Drive
Volunteers 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. * Fortinos, 173 Lakeshore Rd. W. * Fortinos 493 Dundas St. W.
When: Sat Dec.10 and Sun Dec.11, 2016 from 9 am-5 pm
Contact: 905-635-1106 ext. 225 or email@example.com
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
Donate to the Holiday Hamper Program or donate women’s and children’s clothing, diapers, household and personal hygiene items.
When: Wed. Dec.7 to Tue. Dec.20, 2016
Contact: 905-332-1200 ext 244 for drop off location and times.
Kerr Street Mission
Christmas Wonders and Beyond
Oakville Professional Firefighters Association Christmas Toy Drive
Donate toys for infants, children and teens. Especially needed are gifts for infants and teens aged 11-15. 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 Place, Oakville Parent-Child Centre, Military Family Resource Centre, Halton Community Housing and Safetynet Children and Youth Charities.
Where: starting at Oakville’s Santa Claus parade or drop off at any Oakville Fire station until Dec. 18, 2016
When: starting Sat., Nov.19, 2016
Contact: click on the link for more information and locations of fire stations.
Oak Park Neighbourhood Centre
Donations of food, cash, grocery gift cards and Christmas food/gift hampers.
Safetynet Children and Youth Charities
Donations of clothing 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: St. Paul’s United Church, 454 Rebecca St. (beside the YMCA)
When: Sat. Dec. 3, 2016 at 10 am
Contact: register online
Oakville & Milton Humane Society
Urgently needed items include:
large Nyla and Galileo bones, aspen shavings, canned cat food, insulin syringes, extra strong black garbage bags (30”x 38”), paper towels, toilet tissue
Other items needed: tissues, Rollover treats for dogs, canned Purina DM formula for diabetic cats (at veterinarians), recycled newspaper cat litter, Canadian Tire money, gas cards for volunteer wildlife drivers who transport animals to rehab centres, Kongs – Large, XLarge and XXLarge.
The shelter partners with Hill’s Pet Foods who provide all their dry maintenance cat and dog foods. In the best interest of the animals they would be happy to accept any other Hill’s products:
Prescription diets – veterinarian prescribed:
Hill’s C/D stress, Hill’s I/D and Z/D (canine and feline), Hills canned K/D feline, Royal Cain Urinary S/O (canine and feline), Hill’s A/D
Science Diet Feline Hairball Remedy, Science Diet Feline Light, Science Diet Canned (canine and feline), Purina canned DM formula
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: Sun. Dec.11, 2016 from 5:30 pm to 8 pm
Contact: Liz Polak 905-617-3556 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Shoebox Project for Shelters
Collects small gifts packaged in decorated shoeboxes for distribution to women in local shelters and others who use shelter outreach services. Items can include jewelry, makeup, hair accessories, scarves, hats, gloves, socks, gift cards (Tim Horton’s, Wal-Mart-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. Visit the website for complete details.
Donations can be dropped off at:
Integra Tire, 616 York St. www.integratire.com
Ellephysio, 232 South Service Rd. E., Unit A www.ellephysio.com
The Lounge Salon, 154 Kerr St. www.thelounge.ca
Palermo Village Dental, 2525 Old Bronte Rd. #290 www.palermovillagedental.com
When: Mon. Nov. 7, to Mon. Dec.12, 2016 * 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 free Christmas tree. Toys are donated to Oakville children and teens, funds are donated to Easter Seals Ontario.
Where: Century 21, 467 Speers Rd.
When: Sat. Dec.3, 2016, from 10 am to 2 pm
Contact: Hans Taal 905-845-9180
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