Christmas Food and Toy Drives support Oakville families by providing the supplies to enjoy the holidays as any other family would, with plenty of food, warmth and presents!
Many of us can be thankful to afford a delicious meal to share on Christmas with friends and family, complete with meat, veggies, and lots of yummy treats. We also know that every child expects special gifts, from the family and Santa Clause. Unfortunately with high living expenses in Halton and many mouthes to feed, some local families have a hard time fitting this in their budget.
Ensure every child’s eyes light up when they unwrap a new toy on Christmas morning, and avoid the guild felt by parents who cant afford to put anything under the tree. Provide food to a family who can barely afford to pay rent, or better yet, cook and share the meal with them.
A lot of low-income families also have a hard time affording proper winter gear to keep their family warm. Provide a winter coat or warm accesorries, we all know how cold it gets here! No child should walk to school freezing.
Help stock the shelves with nutritious food. If the food being donated is something that you would not be willing to eat yourself or is past its best-by date, consider donating something else.
CHRISTMAS FOOD AND TOY DRIVES IN OAKVILLE
Oakville’s Fare Share Food Bank is open to its clients Mondays 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and Thursdays, 3-7 p.m. Donations can be dropped off at Fare Share bins located at all Oakville grocery stores, any Oakville Fire Department station, or directly to the food bank located at 1240 Speers Road, Unit 6, in Oakville. Monetary donations are also vital, as they help purchase perishable food items, such as meat, fish, cheese vegetables and fruit.
Most needed items currently include:
- Cereal (Cold & Hot)
- Powdered Laundry Soap
- Instant Coffee
- Pancake mixes/Syrup
- Cake Mixes/Icing
- Side dishes (rice, pasta, potato)
- Dry Soup
- Infant/Junior Jars (Fruit/Vegetables/Meat)
- Diapers in size #4, #5 and #6 only
The Kerr Street Market provides food and household items, along with three community meals each week. Donations can be dropped off at the main office of Kerr Street Ministries; open Monday to Friday 9am – 8:30pm & Saturday 9am – 12pm.
Their most needed items include:
- Peanut butter
- Powdered milk
- Healthy cereal – hot and cold
- Beans with or without pork
- Macaroni and cheese
- Pasta and sauce
- Canned fish or meat
- Canned fruit or vegetables
- Baby diapers (sizes 4, 5, 6) & wipes
- Dish soap
- Hygiene products
Kerr Street Ministries is also home to the “Christmas Wonders” outreach program, helping to support the 26,000+ people who live below the poverty level in this area. Their new policy of monetary donations ensures that all families are treated equally. Each member of the family in need will receive a $25 gift card for food and $50 for a gift. This way they can shop for themselves.
The donations work this way:
- $50 Purchases 2 food certificates for a family
- $100 Purchases a food certificate & a Christmas gift
- $500 Provides “Christmas in a box” for a larger family
- $1500 Provides “Christmas & Beyond” support for a struggling family for one year
Safetynet Children & Youth Charities offers an emergency non-perishable food bank, including toiletries and diapers. They also run a Clothing Bank, including items for infants, children, youth, adult, and business suits for men and woman re-entering the work force. They currently have a special need for warm clothing. Food and Clothing donations can be dropped off at the charity office at 226 Randall Street in Oakville.
Each year the Oakville Firefighters collect toys leading up to Christmas. The drive kicks off at the Santa Claus Parade on November 21st and you can bring a toy or gift card to the event. Otherwise, bring new, unwrapped toys of gift cards to your local Fire Station before December 18, 2015. They have a special need for infant items and adolescents aged 12 and up.
Fire Stations are Located at:
- 2535 Rebecca street
- 2264 Cornwall Road
- 125 Randall Street
- 2024 Sixth Line
- 1146 South Service Road West
- 1510 Postmaster Drive
- 2010 Joshua’s Creek Drive
Help support Halton Toys for Tots until December 19th. Collect new, unwrapped toys, cash, gift cards or Canadian Tire money.
Oakville Drop-Off Locations:
- HRPS – Headquarters: 1151 Bronte Road, Oakville
- HRPS – 20 Division: 95 Oak Walk Drive, Oakville
- Canadian Tire: 1100 Kerr Street, Oakville
- Canadian Tire: 400 Dundas Street East, Oakville
- Canadian Tire: 2510 Hyde Park Gate, Oakville
Home Suite Hope supports the growing homeless population in Halton Region, providing long-term refuge for low-income, precariously-housed, single parent families. They currently have a great need for winter boots, hats, and mittens. You may also donate your time or money, please do so by December 20th. Their “Hope for Holidays” Wish List includes:
- Grocery, Gas, Department Store Gift Cards
- Sponsor a family outing
- Donations to their Education Fund
- Donations to their Children’s Activity Fund
- Donations to their Psycho-Educational Program
- New mattresses
- Support for their Nutrition Program
- Fund a bus for a day for all their families to go on an outing
- Fund a winter coat
Merry Christmas, Oakville!