Memos and Bulletins
Public Comments 1. For holiday bazaars, see Hamilton Spectator's list of seasonal events here or individual organizations in this database 
2. There are no longer any public special shopping days at local malls for people with disabilities.
Agency Information
Legal Status (50) Non Profit
Description and Service Details
This record summarizes: 
* holiday season donation and sponsorship programs  
* free community Christmas meals  
* holiday volunteering opportunities 
1. Acts of Kindness Network Annual Holiday Gift Drive 
For more information call 905-319-0035 or email  
* provides gifts for those of any age affected by mental illness (recipients must be referred by local agencies and service providers) 
* accepts gifts such as personal grooming products, winter hats, gloves, mitts, scarves and socks and gift cards/certificates for meals, groceries, clothing, movies and services  
* donated items may be dropped off until mid-December at Wardell Insurance, 431 Brant St, Burlington 
2. The Burlington Post Holiday Toy and Gift Card Drive (supporting Halton Women's Place) 
Contact Krystal London at 
* new, unwrapped items 
* gifts cards (suggestions include grocery stores, clothing stores or malls) 
* toys and gift cards may be dropped off at The Post, 901 Guelph Line during regular business hours (9 am-5 pm)  
* last day to drop off items is Dec 14  
3. Compassion Society Holiday Giving Program 
Contact Joanne 416-301-8341 or email 
* accepts retailer gift cards and unwrapped gifts for adults, youth, and children 
* drop off by Dec 10 (can also mail to 484 Plains Rd E, Burlington, ON L7T 2E1) 
4. Food for Life Annual Turkey Drive 
Sat Dec 8 and Sun Dec 9 
* shoppers are encouraged to buy and donate a turkey to Food for Life to help a family  
* Burlington locations: Fortinos stores at 1059 Plains Rd E, 5111 New St, 2025 Guelph Line and 2515 Appleby Line  
* to volunteer, see below 
5. Halton Learning Foundation No Student Left Behind 
For more information call 905-335-3665 ext 3408 or email 
* program 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 needs for food, clothing and more or choose a gift from the online Gift Catalogue here 
6. Halton Regional Police Service Toys for Tots  
For more information, contact Constable Steve Elms at 905-825-4747 ext 4868 or email 
* donations of new unwrapped toys, cash, gift cards or Canadian Tire money for distribution by the HRPS and the Salvation Army 
* drop off by Dec 7, 2018 at any police station or any Canadian Tire store 
7. Halton Women's Place  
Contact Kaitlin McKenna 905-332-1200 ext 244 or email 
* accepts donations for the Holiday Giving Program (see more information here), Nov 14-Dec 20, or year-round for the Shelter Needs List (see list here
* contact for drop off location and times 
8. ROCK (Reach Out Centre for Kids) Hugs for the Holidays 
For more information call 905-634-2347 or email 
* accepts donations and sponsorships to give Christmas help to existing ROCK client families 
* sponsors remain anonymous  
* donated items accepted include new unwrapped gifts, gift or grocery cards, or cheques (payable to ROCK with memo directing funds to Hugs for the Holidays) 
* typical suggested sponsorship budget is $75-$100 per person (if purchasing a grocery gift card instead of gifts, $50 is suggested)  
* drop off by Dec 14, 2018 at ROCK Head Office, 471 Pearl St 
9. Salvation Army Grocery Gift Cards 
For more information call Salvation Army 905-637-3893 
* provides grocery store gift cards for Christmas dinner 
* drop off donations at Salvation Army, 5040 Mainway, Unit 9  
To receive assistance: applications included with Oct/Nov Ontario Works cheques * also available at Salvation Army, Burlington Food Bank, Compassion Society and Halton Children's Aid Society (apply by Nov 30 * if deadline has passed call Salvation Army at 905-637-3893) 
10. Salvation Army Toys for Tots 
For more information call Salvation Army 905-637-3893 
* provides gifts for children 16 and under  
* donate new, unwrapped gifts at Salvation Army (5040 Mainway, Unit 9), any police station, Burlington Centre Toy Mountain (near Santa) or Mapleview Centre Guest Services 
* high need items include baby items (larger diapers, formula, baby clothing, etc.) and gifts for teens such as gift cards, movie tickets, girls' jewellery/accessories, inexpensive MP3 players, games with electronic component, etc.  
* donate cash at any Salvation Army Christmas kettle 
* donate cash or Canadian Tire money at Canadian Tire stores, 777 Guelph Line and 2070 Appleby Line  
To receive assistance: applications included with Oct/Nov Ontario Works cheques * also available at Salvation Army, Burlington Food Bank, Compassion Society and Halton Children's Aid Society (apply by Nov 30 * if deadline has passed call Salvation Army at 905-637-3893) 
11. Shoebox Project for Shelters 
For more information on the Shoebox Project contact Emma via email at 
* collects and distributes gift-filled, decorated shoeboxes to women impacted by homelessness 
* boxes must be unsealed and items must be unused and packaged and kept to a value of $50 
* for suggested items see website 
* gift-filled, decorated shoeboxes can be dropped off at Lola Choco Bar And Sweet House, 423 Elizabeth St #13 (Mon 8 am-3 pm * Tue-Fri 8 am-10 pm * ​Sat-Sun 9 am-10 pm)  
12. St. Christopher's Anglican Church, Open Doors Christmas Families Program 
Contact Christina Mulder, St Christopher's Anglican Church, 662 Guelph Line, 905-634-1809 or email 
* welcomes donations of cash, gift cards for grocery stores or Walmart, new toys, or new family items 
* charitable receipt for cash donations 
* drop off donated items at the church by Dec 5 but will accept items up to Christmas Eve 
* serves 200 -250 families 
To receive support: registration for program is Oct 30-Nov 14 * registration forms required 
Food bank and clothing store will also be closed Dec 22-28 but will reopen on Dec 29, 10 am-12 noon 
Provide opportunities to enjoy a Christmas meal with others * the following dates are for a traditional Christmas meal * all are free, and open to all members of the public, except where noted * donations from the public to support these dinners are also accepted 
1. Wed Dec 12, 6 pm (doors open at 5:30 pm): North BurLINKton Neighbourhood Dinner Night Out at Glad Tidings Pentecostal Church, 1401 Guelph Line * no reservation required * for more information contact Candi Thorpe at 905-336-7332 
Note: this is the only North BurLINKton dinner in December 
2. Thu Dec 13, 12 noon: Seniors Lunch, St Christopher's Anglican Church, 662 Guelph Line (between New St and Prospect St), 905-634-1809 * no reservation required  
3. Fri Dec 14, 12 noon: North BurLINKton Neighbourhood 55+ Luncheon at Calvary Burlington, 2458 St Frances Dr * no reservation required * for more information contact Candi Thorpe at 905-336-7332 
4. Tue Dec 18, 6 pm: St Christopher's Anglican Church, Open Doors Community Supper, 662 Guelph Line (between New St and Prospect St), 905-634-1809 * no reservation required 
5. Wed Dec 19, 11:15 am-1:30 pm: Downtown Burlington Community Christmas Lunch at St. Luke's Hall, 1382 Ontario St * call 905-632-1025 for more information and to RSVP * entertainment provided 
6. Fri Dec 21, 6 pm: Friday Night Community at Wellington Square United Church, 2121 Caroline St, 905-634-1849 * no reservation required 
7. Mon Dec 25, 12 noon-2 pm: Community Christmas Lunch at Burlington East Presbyterian Church, 505 Walker's Line, 905-637-5155 * if possible, please call church for reservation 
8. Mon Dec 25, 5 pm: Community Christmas Dinner at East Plains United Church, 375 Plains Rd E * reservation required, call Mary Dilly at 289-245-1446 or email * carolling * visit and present from Santa 
1. Volunteer Halton 
Database of volunteer opportunities at here, 905-632-1975  
2. Salvation Army Christmas Kettle Campaign  
Needs volunteers from the public, begins Nov 16 * contact Major Bob Speakman at 905-637-3893 or 905-630-5212 or apply online 
3. Food for Life Annual Turkey Drive  
Sat Dec 8 and Sun Dec 9 
Volunteers (students, churches, individuals, families and corporate groups) encourage shoppers to donate a turkey to Food for Life for a family, for details see here  
* contact Donna at 905-635-1106 ext 221 or email Emily at 
4. Support for Canadian Forces 
* Write to the Troops, see here  
* Operation Santa Claus (sends holiday care packages to Canadian Forces deployed overseas), see here
Hours Vary by location
Areas Served Burlington
Eligibility No restrictions
Application Varies by program
Languages English
Fees None
Site Information
Located In Community Burlington
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Burlington, ON
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Categories and Classification
HCSD Main Heading Food ; Topic Guides
HCSD Sub Heading Food Banks ; Free / Low-Cost Meals ; Special Topics
Service Categories Christmas Programs ; Community Meals ; Food Banks ; Food Vouchers ; Holiday Donations ; Holiday Gifts/Toys ; Volunteer Opportunities

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