Christmas Program

It’s the most wonderful time of the year where children and youth’s eyes light up at the sight of gifts, food, clothing – tangible items that make for a memorable Christmas. And we need your help to make this happen!

Here are simple ways you can give:

  1. Purchase toys or other gifts appropriate for children ages 0-12 or gift cards for youth ages 13-21.
  2. Deliver toys or gift cards to the Catholic Children’s Aid Foundation by December 6th, 2021. For further details about delivery of items, click here to email us.

Toys and other gifts must be new and unwrapped. Unfortunately, we cannot accept gently used items. Please refer to the FAQ section Christmas Program on this page.

Every gift card donated will go directly to a child, youth or family that is supported by the Catholic Children’s Aid Society of Toronto. Be sure to specify that the donation is going to the Gift Card Program, under the Donation Information section.

For details of dropping off gift cards, please email

Please do not mail gift cards.

Through our Adopt-A-Family program, families and youth served by the Catholic Children’s Aid Society of Toronto are matched with donors who purchase gifts – giving them a better Christmas. In 2020, this program helped over 500 families. A huge thank you to individuals, companies, churches and schools for your generosity and contributions to this program. We hope we can count on your support again this year!

Unfortunately, no. We request that all gifts be new.

Donated gifts are eligible for a charitable receipt under specific circumstances.  Receipts for purchased gifts are received and verified.

Registered charities can issue official donation receipts for income tax purposes for the eligible amount of gifts of gift certificates and gift cards under specific circumstances.

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.  

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 December 6th, 2021.  Any toys or gift cards received after this date 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 maybe disbursed throughout the year as part of other foundation programs. 

There will be one location to deliver toys.  Please contact in mid-November for further details. 

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.

Workers assigned to children and families at Catholic Children’s Aid Society of Toronto (CCAS) 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. 

Unfortunately, due to confidentiality and privacy laws, this is not possible. 

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. 

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