For children and youth involved in child welfare, the holidays can be a particularly challenging time filled with heightened feelings of loneliness and stress. As we enter the festive season and 2023 comes to a close, a time for giving and acts of kindness, why not consider sprinkling a little joy into a child’s life with a gift to Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada?
Here are five ways that you help improve the lives of children and youth across the country and spread a little cheer during the 2023 holiday season:
1. Donate to support children and youth
Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada is our country’s leading charity dedicated to standing up for children and families involved in the child welfare system and standing alongside youth with lived experience. We raise and grant funds and deliver a wide range of high-impact programs and services in partnership with 104 child-and-youth-serving agencies across the country. Last year alone Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada supported over 15,000 children, youth, and families! Your donation will help children in need today.
2. Send a meaningful gift
Looking for a special way to honour your friends or loved ones, or recognize your colleagues, clients or vendors this holiday season? Visit our WonderKit Shop to send a symbolic gift with a customizable e-card to someone special.
3. Get active during the 4th annual Holiday Bike Challenge
Rally your colleagues and register a team to participate in the Holiday Bike Challenge! Cycle as many kilometers as you can between November 27 – December 3 from your home Peloton/stationary bike or from your preferred gym while raising funds for children, youth and families involved in child welfare. Log 75 kilometers and raise a minimum of $500 for the opportunity to win awesome prizes, such as an iPad. Register for free and set up your fundraising page.
NEW for 2023!
Ride Cycle Club is hosting a Ride (spin class at 2 Humbert St, Toronto) on November 29 from 4:30-5:30PM EST as part of the Holiday Bike Challenge! Join us in person for a great workout. The cost to participate will be counted towards your fundraising total and you’ll receive a partial tax receipt. Limited availability, reserve your spot today!
4. Holiday fundraising with your colleagues
FUNdraise with co-workers! Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada would be pleased to work with you to create an engaging initiative that aligns with your workplace culture and priorities and provides colleagues the opportunity to make a meaningful and collective impact this holiday season. Get inspired with these fun ideas, including a gift-wrapping station, hot chocolate bar and gingerbread house decorating competition.
5. Spread cheer at our Holiday Season Celebration
Held in December, the Holiday Season Celebration provides the opportunity for 300 children and youth in care, and their caregivers, to experience a festive, safe, and positive holiday celebration. The event experience includes a hot buffet lunch, a wide range of activities such as face painting, arts and crafts, bouncy castles, video games, a youth lounge, a DJ, photos with Santa and more. Children and youth will bring home holiday gifts and family gift bags with household items will be distributed as well. The Holiday Season Celebration creates opportunities for children and youth in care to experience the joys of the season, to feel included within a community and amongst peers and increases feelings of self-worth. If you’d like to donate to this event, please contact [email protected].
Looking for a corporate group volunteer opportunity? Reach out to Heli at [email protected] to learn how you can support this event through sponsorship and volunteering.
Reach out to Jess Brayne at [email protected] to discuss how you can support this holiday season!