Ghouls and goodies
This month we are collecting Halloween treats and costumes to give to the children we support. New or gently used costumes, small props, nut free candy are all accepted. Costumes should fit infants to children 10 years of age. You can also make treat bags by decorating a pillowcase or sewing two pieces of material together.
November is about the power of creative expression. Art helps us appreciate other perspectives and offers a social and emotional outlet. You can help provide the youth we serve by donating art supplies like pencil crayons, stickers, paints, brushes, canvas, or scratch pads. Decorate a journal cover to add to your giving.
Pass the bread
This month we are helping bring Christmas to families in need by collecting non-perishable food items with a holiday theme. Share a favorite holiday dish— canned fruit, vegetables, gravy, rice, dressing, cider, hot chocolate. Can’t decide? Donate a gift card empowering the family to shop on their own. “Wrap” the gift card in a stocking made from paper or cloth!
Be my valentine
Bring Valentine love to seniors. We are collecting Valentine cards and nut free treats. Make a card and write a joke or quote in it about Valentine’s Day. Donate bulk treats or make up little candy bags that we will deliver them to seniors.
Pass kindness on with a mosaic heart of kindness. Using cardstock, cut out a heart shape. Or buy a heart shaped piece of wood at the dollar store. With permanent marker write a word or quote of inspiration. Color the heart in a variety of colors and shapes giving it a mosaic look.
March is about safety. We are collecting items that help children stay safe. Think of night reflectors, whistles, solar garden stakes (to light up their front porch), reflective vests, stickers, shoelaces…you could include a postcard of tips on how to stay safe!
Warm up a pet
This month we are making blankets for rescued animals. You can donate new or gently used towels, pet blankets or small pet beds. Sew together scraps of material to make a homemade pet blanket! Donate small bags and cans of food as that is always needed. You can also make a postcard about pet responsibility. The gifts we give to the animals at the shelter to keep them warm and safe. The cards we give to the new owners!
Ready, set, summer!
We are preparing for the upcoming summer holidays, giving the children we support items to keep them cool & comfortable in the hot days. Donate sunglasses, suntan lotion, hats, bug spray, water bottles or nut free granola bars. Get creative and ‘bling’ a ball cap with inspirational words or rhinestones.
Provide for the wee ones
October begins our h!p season and we would like to start off where we began…supporting the needs of young children in our City. You can donate diapers, formula, baby bottles or gently used clothing. We are accepting items suitable for newborn to 2 years of age. You can also sew (or knit) nightgowns, blankets or booties for infants.
We will be collecting items for this project throughout the month of October.
Bring the bare necessities
Awareness about men’s health is promoted during the month of November. We want to help by collecting new underwear and socks. These items are always in need and important to have for maintaining good health. You can donate a pair of underwear or socks for a man or boy or stuff a pair of socks with razors and travel size shaving cream. Also, you can sew or purchase small cloth bags to carry the items.
Wrap a gift card
December is the month of giving. We want to share with families the magic of the holidays by collecting gift cards. A $5 gift card is a great gift! Donated gift cards can be for a coffee, meal, movie or grocery store. You can tuck your gift card into a pair of mittens or socks or you can make holiday greeting cards or gift tags.
Don’t forget the pets! Gift cards are accepted for Rover or Fluffy.
Share the joy of reading
On January 27th we celebrate Literacy Day. We want to share this joy of reading with those who have few or no books of their own. You can donate a new or very gently used book for a teenager or child or make bookmarks or a book name plate that can be placed in the books to identify the new owner!
We will be collecting items for this project throughout the month of January.
Give a dog a bone
During the month of February, the importance of spaying and neutering our pets is promoted. We want to help by collecting dog and cat treats. These items will be a pleasant treat to enjoy while they recuperate. You can donate a treat or toy for a dog or cat or bake some little treats. You can also make a postcard explaining why it is important to spay or neuter pets.
We will be collecting items for this project throughout the month of February.
Supply a healthy snack
March highlights the importance of nutrition. We want to bring healthy snacks to the children of the agencies we serve. Donations of granola bars (nut free), pumpkin or sunflower seeds, crackers or oatmeal packets and/or veggie peelers that we share with children learning to peel vegetables for a healthy snack! We would also welcome a printed recipe card of your favorite healthy snack.
We will be collecting items for this project throughout March.
Brighten a smile
April is Oral Hygiene month and it is a great time to help bring healthy smiles to the families of the agencies we help. What products do you use to keep a healthy smile? You can donate toothbrushes, toothpaste, dental floss, toothbrush holder or lip balm or you can write out tips on how to keep your teeth healthy.
Don’t forget about your pet’s oral health! We will deliver any donated dental chews to one of the animal shelters we support.
Unleash the power of art
May is the month that brings awareness to mental health. Some of our agencies use art as a way to communicate and heal. Art is one way to support mental health. We are collecting art supplies to provide for these programs. You can donate glitter, markers, Crayola washable paint, brushes, art paper or small wooden frames. You could also make a booklet or journal for children to color or draw in by stapling colored paper together and drawing a cover for it. Also, adult coloring books can be donated because all ages need to practice good mental health.
We will be collecting items for this project throughout the month of May.
Knit a toque
Do you like to knit? Use your talent and passion to knit to help youth living on our streets. This month we are collecting knitted toques, scarves & mittens to be given to youth ages 12 to 24. Help youth keep warm by sending them a head hug! Or, sew or buy a toque, scarf, mittens or hand warmers. Your act of kindness through the donation of a knitted or sewn toque would do just that!
Let's give thanks
This month we give thanks to the men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces. Make a card or write a letter of thanks for their service and bravery. You can also include a gift card such as a $5 Tim’s card as a small token of appreciation.
Bring tidings of joy
This month we want to help the smallest members of the family. Donate a gift such as baby rattles, teething rings, socks, diapers or formula. Make a receiving blanket or knit baby booties.
Make winter fun
We know January can be a hard month for some, with the holidays over and long cold wintery days ahead. We want to share fun things to do to outside as a family. Give plastic squeeze bottles or Jell-o molds and food coloring for snow art, snowman materials like buttons and a carrot to decorate him, hot chocolate packets or S’more supplies, bird seed bells or Crazy Carpet sleds. You can also write out your favorite winter things to do as a family. Your ideas will be shared with the families we serve!
Walk the dog
This month we want to help our four-legged friends stay healthy. Walking is good for all of us; it supports mental and physical health. Dogs are no different! Donate collars, leashes, poop bags or toys. Make fashion bows to attach to their collars or pouches to carry the poo bags.
Step into spring
Spring will soon be here and so will the Easter Bunny! We want to share fun things for you to do in the spring. Donate cookie cutters (think fun spring shapes), egg decorating kits, nut-free candy, bubbles, sidewalk chalk or spring themed stickers. You can also make a greeting card wishing a Happy Easter.
Mother's Day self care kit
Life changes a lot when you are a new mother. Help young teenage mothers by making self care kits for Mother’s Day by donating items that help mom with her busy schedule. Donate small hand lotion, wipes, grab and go snacks, gum, peppermints, travel mug, hair accessories (combs, elastic, dry shampoo), facial wipes, lip balm, emery boards, crew socks or create a card wishing her a happy day and reminding her how important her role as mother is for all of us!
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