Christmas DinnerBurlington Christmas food and toy drives support Burlington families by providing them with supplies, food and gifts that are beyond their means. While many of us associate this time of year with too much food, too many presents, too many parties…there are many people who struggle just to share one holiday meal with their family.

Christmas food and toy drives are also a great way to get children involved in giving back during the holidays.  Have your child pick out a toy that they would like to donate to the toy drive or print off the most needed items from the food bank and take your children to the grocery store to get one of everything on the list.

If you’d like to donate toys to the most needed age group, gifts for children ages 10 and up usually receive the least donations.  Things like mitts and hats, school supplies, books, jewellery, personal care items and gift cards are great ideas for older children.

You can also support Christmas food and toy drives in Burlington by organizing a drive at your place or work or as a neighbourhood or team.  Every donation counts!


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1. Burlington Food Share 

Did you know that 10% of Burlington children are at risk every day of going to bed without a meal?

Most needed items currently include:

  • Canned Meat & Fish
  • Breakfast Items
  • Juice Boxes or Cans
  • Pasta & Sauce
  • Packaged Dinner Mixes
  • Baby Formula
  • Toiletries & Diapers

Grocery store gift cards and financial donations are also vital to help buy fresh food. Donations are payable to: NBBC-FOOD SHARE and can be mailed or drop off at 1377 Walkers Line, Burlington, ON L7M 0Z1

Food donations can be dropped off at these local grocery stores:

  • Fresh Co: 3505 Upper Middle Rd
  • Metro: 2010 Appleby Line
  • Sobey’s : 1250 Brant St

2. The Salvation Army

Their food bank is located at 5040 Mainway, Unit 9. They are open Monday to Friday, 9:00AM to 11:30AM.

You can drop off food donations at the following grocery stores and fire halls:

  • Fire hall – Appleby Line and Fairview
  • Fire hall – Upper Middle Road
  • Fire hall – Hwy 5 and Berwick Drive
  • Longo’s (Walkers Line and Hwy 5)Food Basics (Guelph Line)
  • Food Basics (Lakeshore Road)
  • Fortino’s (Appleby Line and New Street)
  • Fortino’s (Guelph Line and Upper Middle Road)
  • Freshco (Walkers Line and Upper Middle Road)
  • Metro (Appleby Line and Upper Middle Road)
  • No Frills (Guelph Line)

They also accept clothing donations, which is important especially during the colder months! Their Thrift Store is located at 3245 Fairview Street in Burlington.

The Christmas Kettle Campaign is the primary source of funds for the Burlington Salvation Army Community and Family Services. They are always in need of volunteers, click here to help. Donate money to the Christmas Kettle Campaign in Burlington Mall and Mapleview Centre, at Walmart, Costco, Metro, Fortino’s and LCBO’s from November 12th to December 24th (excluding Sundays).

 3. Halton Toys for Tots 

Runs from November 13th to December 19th. Collect new, unwrapped toys, cash, gift cards or Canadian Tire money.

Burlington Drop-Off Locations:

  • HRPS – 30 Division 3800 Southampton Blvd.
  • Canadian Tire 777 Guelph Line
  • Canadian Tire 2070 Appleby Line

4. Acts of Kindness Network

They collect gifts for individuals of any age affected by mental illness. Items may be dropped off until mid-December at Wardell Insurance, 431 Brant St, Burlington.

5. ROCK (Reach Out Centre for Kids)

Support their Hugs for the Holidays program, anonymously matching ‘Holiday Elves’ with client families in need of assistance. The ROCK provides family-centred mental health services such as psychological assessment, therapy, prevention programs and more.

6. Children Of Christmas Past 

A  not-for- profit charity that hand delivers over 1800 gifts to seniors on Christmas morning.Remove a tag from a wish list tree (find a tree near you). Wrap the gift with the gift tag taped securely to the gift with seniors name and gift request facing up. Please return the wrapped gift to 3315 Hannibal Road in

If you know of other community initiatives that are doing Christmas food and toy drives, leave us a comment on the Burlington Kids Facebook page so we can add it to our list.


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