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This holiday season, help thousands of local children receive the Gift of Christmas. We rely on help from our community through donations, sponsorships and fundraising campaigns to make this goal a reality.

Hamilton Toy Drive

In 2015, we set a goal to give 4000 local children a Christmas gift. Thanks to the generosity of the greater Hamilton community, we were able to help over 4200 children last year! Additionally, gifts that arrived after the close of our toy drive, were used to provide birthday presents for children throughout the year. This year, once again, we have identified 4000 children in need, and have set a goal to provide all of them with the gift of Christmas. Please join us!

CityKidz accepts new, unwrapped gifts for boys and girls from 0 to 12 years of age. Each year children submit wish lists with the toys they would most like to receive. We’ve included a copy of their most popular requests as suggestions to help guide you in your giving. You can download a copy of the toy list below.

We encourage you to donate and drop off your toy donations as soon as possible.  This will help provide the time needed for our staff and volunteers to select, wrap, and deliver them to the boys and girls. By December 21st our toy drive will close to ensure all Christmas gifts can be delivered on time.

Interested in running your own toy drive for CityKidz?  Awesome! Please email us at toydrive@citykidz.ca and we’d love to help!

Toy Drop Off Locations

Here is a list of locations throughout the greater Hamilton area for you to drop off your Gift of Christmas

Canadian Tire – Upper James St.
Canadian Tire – Queenston Rd.
Canadian Tire – Barton St. E.
Canadian Tire – Main St. E.
Canadian Tire – Dundas
Canadian Tire – Ancaster
KX-947 New Country FM – Hamilton

Hamilton Police Station – Central
Hamilton Police Station – Mountain
Hamilton Police Station – Dundas
Hamilton Police Station – East End
Staples – Upper Wentworth, Hamilton
Staples – Golf Links Rd., Ancaster
Staples – Rymal Rd East, Hannon
Staples – Barton St. E., Hamilton
Staples – Dundas St. W., Waterdown

First Ontario – Upper James St.
First Ontario – Upper Sherman Ave.
First Ontario – Centre on Barton
First Ontario – James St. S.
First Ontario – Dundurn St. S.
First Ontario Corporate Office – Queensdale E., Hamiltion
First Ontario – Rymal Rd. E. – Stoney Creek
First Ontario – Ancaster
First Ontario – Dundas
First Ontario – Limeridge Mall

Thank you to our community Toy Drive partners:

Staples
Hamilton Police
First Ontario
Canadian Tire

Did You Know?

In 2015, thanks to the help from the community, over 4200 local children received the Gift of Christmas.

About the Gift of Christmas

This year’s campaign kicks off on Wednesday, November 2nd and with your help, Christmas morning will be a little brighter for thousands of girls and boys!

At CityKidz the Gift of Christmas is faith, hope and love, packaged and wrapped for each child and family, expressed through meaningful and thoughtful presents and a Christmas celebration. For our kids and families, it’s a reminder, at a time of year when they need it the most, that they are not forgotten, they are loved and there is hope.

The Gift of Christmas is:

  • the greater Hamilton community donating thousands of gifts for children in need
  • children gathering for a hot meal and an interactive Christmas party with friends
  • hundreds of volunteers sorting through toys for a personalized gift that will be perfect for each child
  • those volunteers delivering those gifts to each child’s door, days before Christmas
  • a smile on a child’s face, left knowing they are loved and that someone, who didn’t have to, thought of them during one of the most important days of a child’s year

In partnership with:

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Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I drop off a toy?

You can drop off a toy at any of our official Gift of Christmas Toy Drive drop off locations: Greater Hamilton Canadian Tire, Staples Business Depot, First Ontario Credit Union and Hamilton Police Service locations

Please see our list of these locations.

Where can I drop off a large quantity of toy donations?

You can drop off large donations at our offices located at 601 Burlington St E, Unit B, Hamilton, ON, L8L 4J5 (View Map). Please phone ahead to make arrangements at 905-544-3996 Ext 241.

Toy Store Hours:

November:
Monday- Friday: 9am- 4:30pm

December:
Monday to Friday
December 1-4: 9am –6pm
December 7-22: 9am-9pm

Saturdays:
December 12 & 19: 10am- 3pm

How can I make a monetary donation offline?

There are two ways you can make a monetary donation offline:

Mail in a cheque to our office:
601 Burlington St E, Unit A
Hamilton, ON, L8L 4J5

Drop off a cheque or cash donation at our office:
601 Burlington St E, Unit A
Hamilton, ON, L8L 4J5 (View Map)

Do you accept clothes and/or food donations?

Unfortunately CityKidz is unable to accept clothing or food donations, however Mission ServicesThe Wesley Centre, Good Shepherd Centre and the Hamilton Dream Center are all great local organizations that would happily accept these donations.

Can I sponsor a specific family through CityKidz?

In an effort to ensure fair distribution of Christmas gifts and opportunities to families throughout the community, we are unable to offer specific family sponsorships.

What kind of toys do you accept?

CityKidz accepts new unwrapped gifts for Boys and Girls from 0 to 12 years of age.

We have listed a few suggestions in the CityKidz Christmas Toy Wishlist to help guide you in your giving!

How can I volunteer?

If you would like to volunteer and help CityKidz this Christmas, please visit the Volunteer section of our site or email volunteer@citykidz.ca.

When I donate, can I get a tax receipt? Is that only for monetary donations, or do gifts count as well?

We can provide tax receipts for all donations $10 and over as long as full contact information is provided.

If you wish to donate an item, you may also receive a tax receipt, however we will need a valid proof of value of the item in question (i.e. receipt of purchase). This type of donation must be made directly to CityKidz, but unfortunately not through one of our drop off locations.

Can I host my own toy drive or fundraiser?

Of course!

If you would like to host your own toy drive on behalf of CityKidz, please email toydrive@citykidz.ca and we’ll do our best to answer all your questions and get you all set up!

Corporate Partnership

Christmas is a great time to consider how your business can help boys and girls in our community.