At a time of year when family and community come together to celebrate, the reality of daily poverty and isolation is even more pressing for many of our service users. This program directly supports needs of low-income individuals and families in York Region. Our plans are to distribute holiday hampers that include such things as scarves, gloves, toques, mittens and other warm items; as well as gift cards to help with purchasing groceries and other necessities

Donate a gift card or cash/cheque to make the holidays brighter for families in need in York Region.

This year, the due date for all donations is due by December 2 2022. To contribute or for more information, please contact Waheeda Ali: [email protected] or 289-383-2624

Tax receipts are available for donations greater than $20.

Frequently Asked Questions


This year, we are asking for donations in the form of gift cards or monetary donations/cheques. Gift cards for grocery stores, Walmart and pharmacies are very popular requests. Physical in-kind gifts are also welcomed, please contact us for specifics.

The holiday season can be a financial drain on everyone, therefore we encourage you to set your own budget and work within it.

Please contact Waheeda Ali to arrange drop off/pick up by the end of November 289-383-2624
Email: [email protected]

No, please leave gifts unwrapped. CAYR will handle the wrapping process. If you would like to include wrapping paper or a gift bag with your donation, we will wrap the item(s) for you.