HOLIDAY HELP FOR LOW INCOME FAMILIES

HOLIDAY HELP FOR LOW INCOME FAMILIES
Don’t Wait to Find Christmas Help
This year charitable agencies expect to have an increase in the number of families seeking assistance for the
coming holidays. There are national and local agencies offering Christmas help for low income families, but it
is important that you contact them as soon as you can to register if you are a low income family in need of
Christmas help. If you want to Donate to a great cause, or volunteer your time check out all these great services that need your help.
1. Good Sheppard http://www.goodshepherdcentres.ca/index.htm Annual Christmas wonderland December 18th . Here is also some info for those seeking some clothes and food hamper info, Clothes Good
Shepard 135 Mary St call 905-528-9109 to ask about times and sizes for the hamper, clothes and other things
needed pastor John call 905-536-7457 or Leona 905-588-6807 hope this helps. Christmas food hampers provide groceries for the making of an at home Christmas dinner * Christmas gifts are also available for children
16 years of age and younger * Pre-registration is required Hours Registration Mon-Fri 10 am-11:30 am, 1 pm3 pm * Appointments Mon-Fri 10 am-3:30 pm Dates Registration October-November * Christmas Hamper
pickup by Appointment in December
2. Neighbour to Neighbour 25 Years Serving the Community Christmas Hamper Program http://
www.n2ncentre.com/christmas_hamper.php
Christmas Hampers are designed to provide groceries for making an at home Christmas Dinner for Families
and singles. The Christmas Hamper service provides Christmas dinner supplies, a family gift, stocking stuffers
plus toys for children 12 and under. Singles/Seniors receive Christmas dinner supplies and a small gift.
3. The Hamilton Dream Center http://www.thehamiltondreamcenter.org/mission.php The mandate of
The Hamilton Dream Center is to help change the destiny of the neighbourhood by reaching out to its most
vulnerable residents - the disadvantaged (working or not), the people on Employment Insurance benefits,
Ontario Works, Disability pension, or people living below the poverty line.
The Hamilton Dream Center is a registered charity dedicated to helping families and individuals who live in
Hamilton
Dreaming of Christmas Give-away December 23rd
4. Salvation Army http://www.salvationarmy.ca/
The Salvation Army provides a large social services program to help needy people of all ages. Donations provide free Christmas toys, dinners, and clothing for families in need. Christmas help, you need to contact your
local Salvation Army for details on how to register for holiday food baskets and Christmas toys ASAP! The
time is now to make sure your family is on their reservation list.
-Christmas Assistance
We provide food hampers to families and single adults, as well as toys for children age 16 and under.
Registration begins in November. Call our office for details.
In Christmas 2009 we assisted over 2270 households.
5. United Way http://www.uwaybh.ca/
United Way is accepting applications for free holiday food and toy assistance. To apply, families may need to
present a picture identification card, Social Security cards for all family members, current proof of household
income, proof of address (utility bill), and birth certificates or proof of custody for children ages 12 and under.Find your local United Way. The United Way can also direct you to agencies that can help you pay utility
bills. Be sure to register for the Angel Tree program for your children to receive new Christmas gifts from local families.
6. City Kidz -http://citykidz.ca/
Gift of Christmas http://citykidz.ca/campaigns/gift-of-christmas-2010
7. Wesley Urban Ministries Incorporated Emergency and Human Support Services, Christmas Assistance - Food - Gifts - Toys - Registration 905-528-9977 E-Mail [email protected] Website
www.wesleyurbanministries.ca Individuals and families requiring assistance may apply in person (proof of
address and identification is needed for all family members) to register. You may only register at one Christmas assistance program in the City. Types of assistance: Toys, food and gifts. Each family receives a number
of points based on family size. Families shop for food, toys and gifts in a store-like setting. Families and singles are eligible. Registration is required. Starts in November
“No Charge” Christmas Store Dates
By Appointment Only - Shoppers Must Be Registered to Shop
Last Minute Shopping
Families and individuals who have not registered for any city Christmas program
Hampers may be available on Wed Dec 22 in the afternoon.
**Please note that the quantity of items available on these days may not be the same as during the scheduled
appointments.
8. Mission Services of Hamilton Incorporated
Community Services Opportunity Centre, Christmas Care Program
The Christmas Care Program provides assistance to individuals and families in need during the Christmas Season. Those who register receive a generous size Food Hamper with seasonal foods that make up a traditional
Christmas meal. Families with children between the ages of 0-13 may also register for the Children's Gift Registry. Each child registered receives an age-appropriate gift/toy to brighten their spirits on this special holiday.
Hours Registration by appointment only. Call 905-528-4212. Dates Registration Dates 2010: Every Tuesday
and Thursday during the month of November. 9am-11am and 1pm-3pm.
Pick-up times for food and toys will be assigned for the month of December when you register in November.
Areas Served Hamilton (City of) Eligibility Low-income singles, couples, and families.
Identification for each member of the household, income statement, rent receipt, household utility bills and
childcare expenses. Applicants must provide all required documentation in order to register. Application Preregistration required by appointment only.
For a registration appointment:
Bay St N and Barton St W Office Phone 905-528-4212 Fax 905-528-7417 E-Mail [email protected] Website mission-services.com/commfam.php?id=christmascare Bus Routes (4) BAYFRONT
to be a strong voice with a loving, helping hand for seniors who are alone.
9. St Matthew's House Christmas Adopt-A-Family Program Hamilton 414 Barton St E @ wentworth Office Phone 905-522-4584 Primary Contact Deborah House, Christmas Program Coordinator Alternate Contact
Canon Wendy Roy, Executive Director
There are three ways you can sponsor a family:
* Provide food or supermarket vouchers for "Christmas Dinner" for a family
* Provide new, unwrapped toys for children or gifts for teenagers
* Complete Sponsorship: Sponsor a small or large family by supplying the "Christmas Dinner", as well as one
to two gifts and some new clothing for each child. A guideline is given for a family of four as $150-$175 with
supermarket certificates for meat
Charitable tax receipts are given for donations. Areas Served Hamilton (City of) Eligibility Any family in need
who is living on a low income. Families may be sponsored by anyone wishing to donate. Fees None
10. Children's Aid Society of Hamilton Holiday Family Sponsorship Program
The Christmas Family Sponsorship Program is looking for individuals, families, service organizations, or local
businesses to join us in efforts to bring hope and enjoyment to families that are struggling.
Support can be in the form of providing a food voucher, clothing and toys to a recommended family. Upon
becoming a sponsor, non-identifying details of family members (e.g. ages and interests) will be provided.
Hours November 9:30 am-4 pm
December Mon, Wed, Fri 9:30 am-4 pm
Tue, Thu 9:30 am-7 pm
Areas Served Hamilton (City of) Eligibility Recommended families receiving services and support from The
Children's Aid Society of Hamilton
26 Arrowsmith Rd Hamilton, Centennial Pkwy N and Barton St E Office Phone 905-522-1121 Fax 905-5220255 After Hours Phone 905-522-8053 Website www.hamiltoncas.com Primary Contact Tracy Thorne, Supervisor of Volunteer Services; Phone: 905-522-1121 ext 6112; Fax: 905-522-0255; Email:
[email protected] Volunteer Coordinator Tracy Thorne, Supervisor of Volunteers; Email:
[email protected]
11. Operation Santa Claus / CHML/Y108 Children’s Fund For 50 years, Jimmy and Susan Lomax made
Christmas a reality for thousands of Hamilton & Burlington residents in need. In 2010, the CHML/Y108 Children’s Fund has taken over stewardship and will continue the tradition of ‘Operation Santa Claus' in Hamilton/Burlington and will be one of Canada's biggest Toy Drives. To Donate go here http://
www.900chml.com/ChildrensFund/OperationSantaClaus.aspx
12. Optimist Club Hamilton East, Christmas Miracle
Donations of new unwrapped toys and/or clothing for children (special requests for toys are no longer handled). There is also a big demand for new clothing for "YOUTH" up to 17 years of age (e.g. new jeans, tops,
sweaters etc.). Money is also appreciated to buy gifts. (gifts are bought for approximately 8,000 kids)
Donations only CKOC 905-574-1150 or Hot Line 905-662-4203 E-Mail [email protected] Website
www.optimistclubeasthamilton.com
Gifts are distributed to charitable organizations (e.g. Salvation Army, Big Sister etc.)
13. Call your Local Houses of Worship
Many local churches also offer free Christmas toys, meals, and clothes to families low income families. Be
sure to reach out to churches in your community.
14. Children of Christmas Past - helping hand for seniors who are alone. The Children of Christmas Past,
a local, grassroots organization, has passionately taken it upon themselves to be a strong voice with a loving,
helping hand for seniors who are alone.
The organization was started in 1999 by Jill Harrington. She requested that the guests of their Annual Christmas Open House bring a gift for a senior, rather than a hostess gift. Now, the registered not-for-profit charity
hand delivers over 3,000 gifts on Christmas morning. http://www.childrenofchristmaspast.com/about-us
15. Wilma's place, it's a credit recovery school done by Cathedral high school. Many students there are on
their own and struggling. They need coats, blankets, clothes for teenagers, many of them have young children
too. So they need baby clothes and toys also food. http://schools.hwcdsb.ca/page/cathedral/1865/WilmasPlace.html
16. Other food Banks In Hamilton area:
Ontario Association To Food Banks: http://oafb.ca/384.html
List Of Emergency Food Resources: http://www.inform.hamilton.ca/tresults.asp?TC=BD-1800.2000
Mounatin Kidz Klub 115 E 26 St, Hamilton We run a food bank from the centre, Check the mountainkidzklub ...website for program details. http://www.inform.hamilton.ca/record/HAM3173
The Living Rock Ministries is a not-for-profit agency in Hamilton that helps at-risk youth from 13-25. Food
Bank - Emergency food hampers and regular assistance.905-528-ROCK (7625)
http://www.livingrock.ca/
Hamilton Urban Core Community Health Centre Food Access Programs http://www.hucchc.com/
Food boxes You can order thru welcome inn and north hamilton community health centre, among other
places. They're not restricted to folks with low incomes, though, anyone can participate. $ 15
You can call Environment Hamilton, and talk to Crystle, or Karen Bhttp://www.environmenthamilton.org/
view/page/contact;
You may also call Welcome Inn Community Centre - 905-5255-5824 and talk to Laurie Remillard