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Information Oakville’s Christmas Sharing Guide – 2020

 

Share the Christmas spirit and find ways to give back over the holiday season! This list is updated as information becomes available.

Get Help

Food

Emergency Food
For a list of Oakville Food Banks and their details, visit COVID-19 Emergency Food Programs

Canadian Caribbean Association of Halton
* “No one goes hungry in Oakville on a Saturday”
* 200 free meals – curbside pick-up
* every Saturday, starting Dec 5th, 3 pm-5 pm
* QEPCCC, 2302 Bridge Rd
* contact through website

Food for Life – Delivery Program
* available to those who are isolating/quarantined for medical reasons, and/or seniors who have been told to stay at home
* individuals are welcome to reach out to 905-635-1106 ext 7, or goodfood@foodforlife.ca, where staff will discuss their situation, and direct them to the most appropriate food resource

Clothing

Safetynet Children and Youth Charities
* 1317 Speers Rd
* open Mon-Sat 9:30 am-1 pm
* clothing, diapers, and feminine hygiene products
* email for an appointment to visit
* see here for details

Oak Park Neighbourhood Centre
* 2200 Sawgrass Dr
* 905-257-6029 ext 101, michelle@opnc.ca
* send an email or call for all supports: food, tax completion, clothing, utility payment support, microloans, household, counselling, budgeting, etc., you will be responded to promptly

Give Help

Food, Gift and Toy Drives

2020 Drive-Thru Holiday Toy Drive December 4, 2020
Oakville firefighters will host their revamped 28th annual drive-thru toy drive at Coronation Park from 5 to 9 p.m. Families are invited to drive through the park, enjoy the festive lights, drop off a gift card or toy donation, wave or deliver a letter to Santa, all from the safety of their vehicle. Along with Santa, the toy-drive-thru event will feature some other special guests, including the Oakville Fire Safety team and Sparky the Fire Dog

Fareshare Food Bank
Monetary and food donations are appreciated.
Visit the website for a list of most needed items
Where: 1240 Speers Rd, Unit 6, call ahead for hours * food donation bins located at local grocery stores
Contact: 905-847-3988

Oak Park Neighbourhood Centre
Donations of food, gift cards (eg. Walmart, Canadian Tire, etc..), family Christmas food or gift hampers as well as monetary donations are gratefully appreciated.
Contact: 905-257-6029, or michelle@opnc.ca

Safetynet Children and Youth Charities
Monetary donations as well as those of grocery gift cards, clothing, diapers (especially sizes 4, 5 and 6) and new underwear (all sizes for children, women and men) are gratefully appreciated.
Contact: 905-845-7233 (SAFE)

Miracle on Main Street! Halton Regional Police Service
Not accepting toy donations at Halton Regional Police Service facilities this year. Encouraging everyone to donate gift cards and cash in lieu of the usual unwrapped new toys. Donations can be made online through MiracleOnMain.ca, or by visiting one of the scheduled events detailed below. 100% of the donations go back into the Halton community!

“Cram-a-Cruiser” donation events will proceed, Pandemic restrictions permitting, and following safe protocols.
Dates/times and locations below:
* Nov 28, 10am-2 pm at JR Toy Company – 2-4265 Fairview St, Burlington
* Dec 5, 10 am-2 pm at Canadian Tire – 777 Guelph Line, Burlington
* Dec 5, 10 am-2 pm at Canadian Tire – 2070 Appleby Line, Burlington
* Dec 5, 10 am-2 pm at Canadian Tire – 1100 Kerr St, Oakville
* Dec 5, 10 am-2 pm at Canadian Tire – 251 Hyde Park Gate, Oakville
* Dec 5, 10 am-2 pm at Canadian Tire – 400 Dundas St East, Oakville
* Dec 5, 10 am-2 pm at Canadian Tire – 1210 Steeles Ave East, Milton​

Also hosting a weekly, one day, donation drop off at the Halton Children’s Safety Village, located at 1151 Bronte Rd Oakville. Cash and toy donations are welcome! Look for the holiday lights. Anyone attending please follow the direction of officers on sight and remain in your vehicles.
Drop off dates and times are:
* Thu Nov 26, 5 pm-9 pm
* Wed Dec 2, 5 pm-9 pm
* Wed Dec 9, 5 pm-9 pm​

For further information, you can contact MiracleonMain@haltonpolice.ca or info@tigerjeetsinghfoundation.com.

Halton Women’s Place
Every year, during the holidays, Halton Women’s Place are blown away by the overwhelming support they receive from our community through gift-in-kind donations.
Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 protocols, reduced staff and a lack of storage space, they are unable to accept gift-in-kind donations during this time.
If you are hoping to make a donation to support the women and children they serve, please consider a monetary donation or a gift card. Some gift cards to consider: Costco, Walmart, grocery stores, clothing stores (Old Navy, The Bay, Sportschek etc.), Amazon.
To arrange the delivery of gift cards, or if you would like to speak to someone about the donation process, please email kpotter@haltonwomensplace.com
To donate online, visit website

Christmas Wonders and Beyond Kerr Street Mission
November 1st to December 31st
The Kerr Street Mission “Christmas Wonders and Beyond” program rallies the community to ensure families in need are able to celebrate this special season. Program provides toys, pyjamas and gift cards for each member of the family.
Donate online
Contact: Agnes Unger at 905-845-7485 ext. 208, 647-220-3404 or agnes@kerrstreet.com

No Student Left Behind Halton Learning Foundation
A program that helps ensure that Halton District School Board students in need have basic necessities and the opportunity to fully participate in school activities.
Monetary donations provide a young person, family or school with funds in the form of gift cards or cash reimbursement to fulfill a student’s need for food, clothing and more.
Donate online or by calling 905-335-3665 ext 3408.

Oakville & Milton Humane Society
Experience has proven the best way to support the OMHS is with a monetary donation to obtain the food, medicine and other items needed when they are needed. This also allows the Society to take advantage of OMHS discounts and bulk buying to ensure all of the animals continue to receive the care they need. Click here to donate.

If you would prefer to purchase item(s) for donation please visit the Wish List.

Barkin’ Bin’s Thrift Shop – Holiday Store
Take home a hidden treasure! Barkin’ Bin’s thrift shop has opened its Holiday Store with great gifts for everyone on your list. All proceeds go directly to help the animals!
Where: 511 Pinegrove Rd, Oakville
When: Thu to Sat, 1 pm to 4 pm

2021 OMHS Calendar
The OMHS 2021 Calendars are available for purchase online. The 2021 Calendars are also available for sale at the locations listed here.

OPFA 2020 Christmas Toy Drive (Oakville Professional Firefighters Association)
Donate new unwrapped toys for infants, children and teens. All donations are greatly appreciated but especially needed are gifts for youth ages 11-16. Some gift ideas for this age group include: gift cards, sports equipment, electronics, posters, calendars, journals, school supplies, backpacks, clothing, winter hats and gloves, jewelry, hair accessories, nail polish, makeup, blankets, shower products & movies. All donations will be distributed directly to local families, institutions and community agencies supporting children and youth.

How to donate
Fire stations are currently closed to the public due to COVID-19. The following donation options are available:

1) Donate by sending an Interac eTransfer to oakvilletoydrive@gmail.com
Autodeposit is enabled – no password required

​2) Donate by mailing gift cards or cheques addressed to:
OAKVILLE PFFA TOY DRIVE
Oakville Fire Station 7
2010 Joshua’s Creek Drive
Oakville Ontario
L6H 6E5
(Make cheques payable to “Oakville PFFA Toy Drive”)

3) Drop off a gift card or physical gift at any Oakville Community Centre or Library.

4) Order items from any retailer online and have them shipped to the receiving point:
Re: Toy Drive
Budds’ Chevrolet Cadillac Buick GMC
410 S Service Road West
Oakville, ON
L6K 2H4

The Halton Region Shoebox Project
Support the #VirtualShoebox Campaign!
Not be collecting Shoeboxes this year, but are still working hard to make sure no woman living in a shelter feels forgotten or alone this holiday season. 100% of your donation will go toward purchasing gift cards and essentials for local women impacted by homelessness.​

Here’s how you can help:
* Create a Virtual Shoebox
* Make a Donation to our Local Chapter
* Get your Company Involved
* Fundraise for our Local Chapter​
* Donate a gift card at one of the drop-off locations (Nov. 23 – Dec. 11)
* Participate in the virtual Cocktails & Caring event (Dec. 5th)

Contact: Kimberley at halton@shoeboxproject.com
For more information visit website

Gift card drop-off locations available in Oakville during the 2020 holiday drive for the Halton chapter. Please call these locations to check their opening hours as they may change due to COVID.

HOMEBODY
​176 Lakeshore Rd E, Oakville, ON L6J 1H6
Contact through Instagram

HOUSE WARMING INC
​550 Speers Rd Unit #3, Oakville, ON L6K 2G3
Phone: (905) 844-1000

MY BACK SHED
​2359 Lakeshore Rd W, Oakville, ON L6L 1H4
Phone: (905) 847-2922

Friendship Shoebox Campaign by ‘I Love First Peoples’
Bring a child or youth a personalized gift of joy and friendship!
* Pack your gifts exclusively online. Collects quality gifts suitable for a boy or girl (themes like arts & crafts, nature & gardening, science, sports, writing & literature,etc) for distribution to First nation children across Canada
* Running from October 15 to December 25, 2020
* Find the details and instructions for packing gifts online here

Holiday Helpers Canada, Adopt a Family
Support to help make this holiday season magical for the children and their parents
* Sponsor a family wish list, give a monetary gift, host a donation drive and volunteer
* Check website for details

Connecting People in the Community
If you have a gently used cell phone or charger donate it during the month of December to help people experiencing homelessness in Halton to connect with loved ones, social services, jobs and housing.
Drop off locations in Oakville:
Oak Park Neighbourhood Centre, 2200 Sawgrass Dr.
Kerr Street Mission, 485 Kerr St.

GIVE Oakville (Oakville Community Foundation)
* online community granting program for local charitable organizations seeking up to $25,000
* the Foundation covers all transaction fees, meaning 100% of your donation goes directly to the charities of your choice
* Tax receipts are also issued for all donations
* to view the GIVE Oakville Catalogue, see website

Get Involved

Volunteer Halton
Volunteer Halton has volunteering opportunities for a wide range of local nonprofit organizations.

Canadian Forces
Write to the Troops

Salvation Army Santa Shuffle Fun Run and Elf Walk
Helps the Salvation Army of Oakville assist families and individuals at Christmas and throughout the year.
Run, Walk or Shuffle between December 5 – 12 anywhere, anytime – Virtual Event

Lighthouse Peer Support for Grieving Children, Youth and their Families
Bid & Buy 2020 – Together At Home
Stay Home Shopping: Online Auction, Nov. 25 to Dec. 4
Stay Home Wine & Dine: Evening Event, Dec. 4
For more information, visit website

 

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