Halton Children's Aid Society

Thank You

for considering children, youth and families in need this holiday season

2021 Holiday Dreams and Community Giving Program

Help make HOLIDAY DREAMS come true for vulnerable children, youth and families receiving services through the Halton Children’s Aid Society (Society) and become a Partner in CARING!

Become a Partner in CARING—With your help, we brighten the holiday season by delivering necessities and gifts to those who have been referred to our Holiday Dreams Program through their Society support worker. Overwhelming and significant challenges such as ill health, domestic violence, poverty, youth homelessness, unemployment or caring for a child who has serious physical, emotional or developmental difficulties are just some of the reasons for referrals.

This program provides our Partners in CARING the opportunity to create warm, lifelong memories for those in need . . . a true gift.

Thank you for considering a financial or gift card donation, providing funds or items for Comfort Kits and Life Start Kits or becoming a Partner in CARING monthly donor. For more information, please CLICK here.

We’ll Support YOU, while You Support Children, Youth and Families in Halton!

Our staff and volunteer consultants are on stand-by waiting to support you in your efforts. We have helpful hints and ideas to help you plan for ‘giving and caring’ this holiday season with colleagues, family and friends.

For more information about the Holiday Dreams Program, please contact Lisa Janssen, CAFH/Halton CAS Partnership and Program Development, Ljanssen@haltoncas.ca  |  905.333.4441, x0724

Financial Gifts—During the holiday season, financial donations support families and youth living independently. Here are examples of what your donation can provide.

  • $25 = stuffed holiday stocking.
  • $50 = age appropriate gift for a child or youth.
  • $75 = toiletries (includes face cloth and towel).
  • $100 = warm clothing (winter coats, boots, hat).
  • $150 = Comfort Kit—items for children, teens and young adults who may be separated from their families providing immediate needs and comforting items to help during difficult transitions.
  • $200 = groceries—small family.
  • $400 = groceries—large family.
  • $500 = Life Start Kit—items for youth transitioning from foster care to independent living containing items needed to set up their new home.

Gift Card Donations—Gift cards help families and youth feel empowered and provide the experience of selecting their own special items. We are in need of gift cards in increments of $25 to $50 for:

  • Walmart
  • Grocery stores
  • Pre-paid Visa and MasterCard
  • Amazon
  • Shoppers Drug Mart

Comfort Kits (items needed). Start with a duffel bag or small travel bag and fill with:

  • cozy blanket and a fun/soft pillow;
  • toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, hairbrush);
  • socks and pj’s (all ages/genders);
  • reusable water bottle;
  • child/adult colouring book/pencil crayons; and/or
  • $10 to $20 gift card for Tim Hortons, Subway, McDonalds, etc.

Life Start Kits (items needed), Start with a laundry hamper(s) or basket(s) and fill with:

  • tea towels and dish cloths;
  • drinking glasses and mugs;
  • cutlery and dishes;
  • sauce pans and cookie sheets;
  • kettle and toaster;
  • mixing bowls and chopping boards;
  • kitchen utensils and measuring cups;
  • colander and reusable food containers;
  • can opener and cheese grater;
  • bath and hand towels;
  • soft blanket and pillows;
  • comforter and sheets (all sizes needed);
  • broom and mop; and/or
  • other items to consider—hair clipper kits, nail kits, hair dryers, hair straighteners, blue tooth speakers, toiletries, etc.

Become a Monthly Partner in CARING

Please consider becoming a monthly donor and create a living legacy by making a meaningful and lasting impact on the lives of children and youth. Support vital programs that offer hope, inspiration and opportunity. YOU can change lives for the better and the benefit is immeasurable! You may give through Canada Helps (charitable receipts are issued by Canada Helps) or contact Tina Blatchford to sign up through our electronic transfer program (charitable receipts are issued by the Children’s Aid Foundation of Ontario).

Definition of CARING

Adjective—displaying kindness and concern for others

Noun—the work or practice of looking after those unable to care for themselves

Thank you for being our Partner in CARING and bringing smiles
to children, youth and families in need this holiday season!

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Burlington Office 1445 Norjohn Court Burlington, ON L7L 0E6
Milton Office 325 Main Street East Milton, ON L9T 1P5
Toll Free: 866.607.KIDS (5437) Phone: 905.333.4441 Fax: 905.333.1844 TTY: 711 (TTY to Voice)
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