5 ways to give back in Toronto this holiday season


The holiday season can be focused on spending, shopping and consumption. It is important to teach our children, and to remind ourselves, that the holiday season is a wonderful opportunity to give to others. Sadly, GTA food banks have seen over one million visits in the last year. Children in Toronto go hungry every single day of the year. This holiday it is possible to make a difference. Whether you decide to donate money, toys, food or your time – every little bit helps those in need at this special time of the year. We are shining the spotlight on 5 ways to give back this holiday. How will you give back this year?

5 Ways to Give Back this Holiday

HoHoTO – Are you a totally hip and plugged in parent who would love to give back and have a great time? Then HoHoTO is the fundraiser for you. Grab your dancing shoes and head to the trendy Mod Club on December 1st for a night of music, cash bar, raffle prizes all in support of the Daily Bread Food Bank. Tickets go quickly for this hot-ticket community fundraiser.


Sounds of the Season – On Friday, December 2nd the CBC broadcasting centre will be filled with holiday cheer for their annual Sounds of the Season event. Come down and watch the broadcasting of your favourite CBC programs. Visitors are asked to bring non-perishable food items, to donate online or by phone. A one-of-a-kind silent auction will also be held. The Sounds of the Season is a proud supporter of food banks across Ontario.


Toy Mountain – This year marks CTV’s 21st annual Toy Mountain campaign benefiting the Salvation Army. Drop off a new, unwrapped toy at one of the many Toronto drop-off locations, which include participating McDonald’s, Lowe’s, Best Buy, Speedy Auto Service, Access Storage and Marshall’s. Donations can also be dropped off at one of the various special events being held around the city throughout November and December.


Christmas Wish – One of the longest running, and best known, Toronto holiday toy drives is the CP24 CHUM Christmas Wish. This year will be the 50th year the event has brought toys to children all around the GTA. The program provides financial assistance to hundreds of agencies, ensuring that hundreds of thousands of children across the GTA enjoy a holiday experience. Financial donations and the donation of new, unwrapped toys will be accepted at the Christmas Wish donation centres – most Royal Bank locations across the GTA, CP24 CHUM Christmas Wish Headquarters (299 Queen St, West) and CP24 CHUM Christmas Wish Warehouse in Mississauga. 


Toronto Fire Fighter’s Toy Drive – Head to your local fire hall and drop off a donation of a new, unwrapped toy which will be distributed to children in need this Christmas. On Thursday, December 1, Global News will be hosting the annual Toy Drive LIVE at CF Shops at Don Mills from 5 – 8 p.m.


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