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CKDO has found you 25 inspiring ideas, deserving charities and easy ways to spread goodwill this Holiday season!
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DRPS Food & Toy Drive
Durham Regional Police Services are collecting new unwrapped toys for kids of all ages plus non-perishable food items and cash and gift cards that would allow them to purchase either.  Once collected and sorted, toys and food will be distributed to the various agencies in Durham, including the Settlement House and the Salvation Army.  Donations can be dropped off at any Durham police station, at Durham Region headquarters in Whitby, or any fire station in Oshawa, Whitby, Clarington and Ajax.

North York Harvest
The Winter Food Drive is North York’s Harvests busiest time of the year!  To donate food or your time, please find more information here

Clarington East Food Bank
Donate your time, food or funds to help this Holiday season.  Find out more at

Winter Coat & Food Drive 
From now until December 31st, you drop a non-perishable food item or a gently used, clean winter coat off at Brimacombe's East Chalet (Gate 4, 4098 Durham Road 9, Orono) during regular hours of operation. Donations will also be accepted here at CKDO (1200 Airport Blvd, Suite 207, Oshawa) Monday-Friday between 8:30am-5pm.  Donated items will be distributed to charities and organizations around the Durham Region.

City of Toronto’s Food & Toy Drive
Until December 22nd, donations of unwrapped toys and/or non-perishable food items can be dropped off in collection bins placed at City Hall, Metro Hall and all civic centres. Residents and city staff are encouraged to give generously this holiday season in support of the Toronto Fire Fighters Toy Drive and Daily Bread Food Bank.

Daily Bread Food Bank – Food & Volunteers Needed
Daily Bread Food Bank is the largest food relief agency in Toronto. They provide nutritious food – forty per cent of it fresh – to 200 charitable programs across the city. These programs address basic human needs, and also provide counseling, training and a welcoming environment where people can get the services and support to make positive changes in their lives. Join them today – volunteer, start a drive or give a donation. You can make a difference to people struggling with hunger and poverty.  

Simcoe Hall Settlement House – volunteers needed & donations needed
Volunteers are needed before December 8th to help pack toys for families in need.  This is physically demanding work.  Click here to find out more! Donations of non-perishable food items and new, unwrapped toys are also welcome as Christmas approaches.

Christmas Dinner
The Corral is pleased to be offering our fourth annual Christmas dinner for those in need. December 25th, 2017 between 2pm and 6pm, all are welcome for a free Christmas meal. The Corral is wheel chair accessible, and no alcohol will be served during this family friendly event.  This year we are welcoming donations including: new socks, hats and mittens as well as gently used adults and children’s clothing, jackets and snow pants as well as food items such as: Turkeys, fresh and frozen vegetables, bread, deserts, pop, water and juice. From the month of November until Christmas day, bring a new unwrapped toy and receive free cover on any Tuesday or Saturday.  Volunteer opportunities please contact Volunteer days are Christmas Eve December 24th for food preparation and Christmas day December 25th for food preparation, serving, greeting and distributing gifts and Christmas cheer.

Toys for Tickets / Food for Fines - Pickering:  The City of Pickering will host their annual Toys for Tickets/Food for Fines program in December!  The program accepts toys or groceries in lieu of payment for parking tickets. Toy or food donations must be dropped off to city hall, located at 1 The Esplanade, and a receipt must be included to confirm that the value of the donation equals or exceeds the fine.  Parking tickets issued between December 1st and December 20th will eligible for the program. Tickets for parking in a disabled parking space are not eligible for the program.  This year’s program benefits the Durham Regional Police Service Food and Toy Drive, and the Pickering Fire Services Food and Toy Drive.

Toys for Tickets / Food for Fines Oshawa:  The City of Oshawa Toys for Tickets program, will once again be offering the opportunity to motorists who receive a parking ticket between Saturday, November 25th through to Friday, December 8th, 2017 inclusive (excluding those issued for illegal parking in accessible spaces and for unauthorized parking violations) to donate a new toy in lieu of payment.

On December 7th, 8th and 9th only, Service Oshawa will accept new unwrapped toys (accompanied by a cash register receipt indicating the value of the toy) in lieu of “payment”. Toys will be accepted for children aged newborn to the age of 18 and the value of the toy must equal or exceed the amount owing on the parking ticket. All of the donated toys will go to families in need through the Durham Regional Police Service Food and Toy Drive.

Service Oshawa, located on the first floor of City Hall at 50 Centre Street South, will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 7 and Friday, December 8. On Saturday, December 9, Service Oshawa will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Stuff-a-Bug Whitby

Until December 22nd, residents are invited to bring a new, unwrapped toy or non-perishable food donation to Iroquois Park Sports Centre (IPSC), as part of the Town’s annual Stuff-A-Bug Toy and Food Drive for local families in need. Each year, the Town partners with local Volkswagen dealer Owasco to collect new, unwrapped toys that are ‘stuffed’ through the open sunroof of a holiday-themed Volkswagon Beetle (Bug). All donations collected are distributed locally through the Salvation Army to less fortunate children and their families.

Dreams & Wishes helps children living at eight area shelters have a merrier Christmas.  Kids at Denise House, Bethesda House, Herizon House, Y’s WISH, Joanne’s House and Muslim Welfare Centre, in Durham, as well as Victoria’s Women’s Shelter in Lindsay, have completed a Santa wish list.  You’re invited to adopt a full or partial list.   Volunteers are also welcome to help wrap gifts. For more information or to adopt a wish list, email or visit

Santa to a Senior
Be a Santa to a senior.  To find the closest Be a Santa to a Senior tree near you visit  You can also volunteer to collect, wrap, and deliver the gifts to the seniors.

Spread the Warmth – Buy a Blanket
Support Lakeridge Health Foundation with a minimum donation of $15 and the Oshawa Centre will purchase a brand new blanket that will be delivered to a patient staying at Lakeridge Health Oshawa or Whitby over the holiday season. All proceeds from this campaign will be directed toward high priority needs at Lakeridge Health. Donate now and help to brighten the lives of patients this season.

Postcards for Peace
Postcards for Peace provides an opportunity for youth to send postcards to express messages of thanks to those who served Canada in times of war, military conflict and peace or to still-serving Canadian Armed Forces members. This learning activity allows youth to actively remember the sacrifices and achievements of Canadian Veterans.  Click here to find out more.

Lakeridge Health Holiday Ornament
From now until December 26, every donation make to Lakeridge Health Foundation will be recognized by a special holiday ornament hung on display at the Oshawa Centre! Simply donate online today and leave a holiday message you would like written on the back of your ornament. By making a gift to Lakeridge Health Foundation, you’re helping ensure that our community has the very best health care, close to home. Join thousands of Durham Region residents this holiday by donating to our special winter campaign. Your gift will help provide up-to-date facilities and equipment for your friends, family, and loved ones.

The Salvation Army Kettle Drive
Keep an eye out for The Salvation Army’s signature red Christmas kettles and make a generous donation.  Or, donate now at This year a Salvation Army Kettle App will also enable donors to give to The Salvation Army through their mobile devices. The App allows donours to select a Christmas kettle in their community by scanning a QR code or by using an interactive map. The “Salvation Army Kettle App” can be downloaded from the Apple App Store or Google Play.

Give the Gift of Life
Give the gift of life! Book your appointment to give blood today by visiting This is truly the gift that keeps on giving.

Host A Food Drive
Hosting a food or fund drive is an engaging and effective way to support Feed the Need in Durham’s fight against hunger in Durham Region.  Every $1 raised allows Feed the Need in Durham to distribute $6 worth of food.  Every food item raised helps us to reach over 6000 people in need across the Region each month.

They are happy to provide guidance and support to your food or fundraising event.  For more information contact Robyn McKibbon at 905-571-3863 or Feed the Durham will gladly accept non-perishable donations at their Marwood Drive (Oshawa) warehouse 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 pm Monday through Thursday.

Highway of Heroes
Honour Canada’s Fallen by buying a tree to be planted along the Highway of Heroes.  The goal is to plant 117,000 along the corridor between Trenton and Toronto – one for every fallen soldier since Confederation.  There are only about 500 trees remaining!  Visit to find out more.

Believe Campaign - New Grandview
Imagine a community where every child is given equal opportunity. A community where every kid can be anything they want to be. In Durham Region there are over 3,000 children with special needs waiting to reach their full potential. Grandview Kids is embarking on a 5-year Believe campaign to raise the funding necessary to help as many families as possible in a new larger, state-of-the-art facility with additional programs and services. Grandview’s programs and specialized services makes the impossible possible. To help Grandview Kids reach their remaining goal of 1.6 million dollars, please donate by clicking here.

Help us put instruments into the hands of kids that need them most.  MusiCounts helps to keep music alive in schools across Canada and ensures that children in Canada, regardless of background, have access to a music program through their school.  Make a donation in favourite teacher’s name of on behalf of family member here -

Donations Needed
The Rose of Durham provides direct, compassionate hands-on service to more than 400 young parents each year, to help restore dignity and hope to those who need it most in Durham.  You can help by donation bus tickets, gift cards, sponsoring a family or shopping for a baby.  Visit to find out more!

Holiday Wish List Toronto
If you are looking for ways to help people who are homeless and vulnerable this holiday season, click here for some suggestions from the community agencies that serve them.

Pets deserve a happy Holiday too!  Make a donation of unwrapped toy, food or bed your local animal shelter! Many local Humane Societies will accept Canadian Tire money to help purchase supplies. 

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