Christmas means so much to a child. It’s a time of miracles, celebration, and wonder. But for many CityKidz families, it’s often a time of stress and dismay as tight budgets collide with children’s hopeful hearts. 

You can make sure every child and every family feels the joy and magic of the Christmas season. With your support, faith, hope and love wil fill our kids’ homes, not tension or disappointment. You can help show every child that dreams can come true. 

$50 will brighten a child’s Christmas with:

A thoughtfully selected, carefully wrapped and personally delivered gift

An invitation to attend one of our CityKidz Christmas parties

A tasty Christmas lunch at our CityKidz Saturday program

Little boy with Christmas hat sitting by Christmas tree holding a wish list

Makes the season merry and bright for a CityKidz child.


Delivers the Gift of Christmas to two CityKidz children.


Brings faith, hope and love into the homes of four children this season.

Even more important than the toys, trinkets and food your donation will provide, your gift will show vulnerable children – and their families – that they are seen, known and loved during what is often a difficult time of year. Your gift will tell them that they matter and that someone is thinking of them. 

Two children opening a Christmas gift

More Ways to Help

You can make this the happiest season for all Hamilton children. 

CityKidz Toy Drive

Donate a Toy

Our Toy Store is now closed.

You can also drop off your donation at one of our 10 official Drop-Off Locations across the city during their regular business hours.

Host a Toy Drive

Our Toy Drive is now closed.

Thank you to our 2023
Gift of Christmas Supporters!

Christmas Sponsors
Route Sponsors

Aldershot Depot

Jack & Cathy Scholtens

Rob Snyder & Suzanne Strongman

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes! Check out our Top Toys Wishlist for the most in-demand toys. We also receive the fewest toy donations for kids ages 10-12. Please consider donating a new, unwrapped gift for them this season, or donate now and we’ll make sure to get something special for a child in that age group.

All toy donations – both big and small – are greatly appreciated and will brighten a child’s Christmas! However, if you are debating between donating one ‘big ticket’ item from our list of most-requested toys (like a skateboard) or a few smaller items, we encourage you to donate the bigger item as we receive the fewest of these in-demand toys.

CityKidz is unable to accept food, clothing, and household donations. However, Mission Services, Children’s Aid Society, Good Shepherd Centre and Salvation Army are all great local organizations that would happily accept these donations.

We can provide tax receipts for all donations $10 and over as long as you provide your full contact information and original proof of purchase (receipt).

Unfortunately, we are not able to offer tax receipts for toy donations made at our drop-off locations. We are only able to offer tax receipts for toy donations made directly at CityKidz.

It’s our top priority to make sure that your donations go to kids in our community, just as you intended. Any leftover toys go to good use! Throughout the year, every CityKidz child receives a gift for their birthday. The leftover Christmas toys go towards birthday gifts so that we can keep giving all year long!  

Toys are also used to seed next year’s gift of Christmas campaign. We need to start wrapping and delivering gifts long before enough new donations come in. By having gifts in stock from the previous year, we are able to get a head start and make sure we have time to choose, wrap, and deliver gifts to all our children! 

Finally, there are a number of other wonderful charitable organizations that are helping children in our community at Christmas time too. If we have collected enough toys to support all of our kids, then we share with other organizations who are still in need. 

Any financial donations that are designated for Christmas are used to fund our Gift of Christmas campaign. Even though we receive many donated toys, we often fall short on certain toys and gifts for certain age groups and need to purchase them. There are several other expenses that go along with the campaign including a Christmas meal and parties for all our kids. 

If financial donations exceed the campaign goal, funds will be directed to the next greatest need at CityKidz.  

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