FAQ’s Christmas Program

1. May I donate gently used items?
Unfortunately, no. We request that all gifts be new.

2. Are donated gifts eligible for a tax receipt?
Direct donations of gift cards or gifts of toys and other donated in-kind items are not eligible for a tax receipt.  Online donations to our gift card program are eligible for a tax receipt.   

3. May I donate gift cards?
Yes, but they are not eligible for a tax receipt.  Gift cards for Walmart, President's Choice (can be used at No Frills, Valu-Mart and other Loblaw's owned stores), and Cineplex movie packages (always popular with teens!) are preferred.  If you would prefer to receive a tax receipt, please do an online donation to our gift card program.  We will purchase gift cards and provide them to children, youth and families in need.  

4. Are there particular types of toys I should purchase?
This is really up to you.  We provide new toys and other gifts for children 0-12.  We are always in need of Brown and Black dolls and action figures for both boys and girls.  Kids love these when we have them.  We discourage toys guns or other toys which promote violence.   

5.  What is the deadline to deliver my gifts by?
In order for us to ensure the family receives your donation well before Christmas we are requesting that you drop off items no later than Friday, December 6, 2019.  Any toys or gift cards received after December 6th will be distributed to children, youth and families either before or after Christmas.  We will attempt to disburse them before Christmas but where this is not possible, they may disbursed throughout the year as part of other foundation programs.  

6.  Where do I deliver toys and other gifts?
There will be one location to deliver toys.  Please contact christmas@hopeforchildren.ca in mid-November for further details.  

7.  Should I wrap the gifts?
Please do not wrap gifts.  Parents want to know what their children are receiving, so they will unwrap gifts.  It is best to put each child's gift into a large gift bag or supply the gift wrap for parents to wrap their children's presents.  Gift wrap and gift bags are always welcome; we never have enough.

8.    How do the gifts get to the family ?
Workers assigned to children and families at Catholic Children's Aid Society of Toronto select gifts for each of the children or youth they work with.  The worker will then deliver the gifts directly to the family. CCAS staff are committed to ensuring that all gifts are delivered to the family in time for the Christmas holiday.  We ask that gifts be brought to our drop off location no later than Friday, December 6, 2019.  However, workers will begin selecting gifts in mid-November so the earlier we get them, the better.  

9.  May I meet the children and youth we are providing gifts for?
Unfortunately, due to confidentiality and privacy laws, this is not possible.  

10. May I receive a thank you card from the children and youth who receive my gifts?
Due to the way in which toys are distributed to children and youth, this is not possible.  Families understand the gifts are donated and always are very grateful.