Donor Sign-up begins October 23, 2017


Thank you to all the donors in 2016 who rallied together to support 1,114 families in Guelph and Wellington County. It would not have been possible without your help!  

How You Can Help 

There are many ways you can provide support and hope for local families in the Guelph and Wellington County (Ontario) area during the Christmas season. Below is some information to help you decide what option(s) would be best for you. We are also happy to speak with you to help you decide what would be best to do. Call us at 519.829.0855.

1. Adopting a Family or Independent Youth

When adopting a family, our expectations are that you provide:

  • A selection of items from each child's needs and wishes lists that are within your budget. Based on past experience with donors, we estimate the average spent per child is $150 in order to provide a selection of their needs and wishes. Note: this can vary depending on the age of the child.
  • A $25 grocery gift card per person in the family, if requested (i.e. $100 for a family of four).
  • A small, token gift for parent(s)/guardian(s) (approx. value $25 per). 

For example of the range: estimated average spent when adopting a single-parent with one child is $225 and a larger family such as a two-parent family with six children is $1,150.

We define an Independent Youth as "someone up to and including the age of 20 years old who is living on their own without family ties and with limited support and resources."   We estimate, based on past experience, that the average spent when adopting an independent youth is approximately $300.

Donor Sign-Up will go live on Monday, October 23, 2017 so please check back on this page then to sign-up to adopt a family or youth.


2. Purchasing Grocery and/or Gift Cards

Gift cards for groceries, drugstores, shopping malls, and department stores are in very high demand and are another great way to support the Adopt-A-Family program in an easy and convenient way. We are happy to accept the donation of grocery and gift cards at any time.

gift card

CLICK HERE for more information about purchasing grocery and/or gift cards. 


3. Making a Cash Donation 

Cash Donation Sunshine

Cash donations help us to off-set funds spent to ensure that every child receives gifts for the holidays and that every family has the grocery cards they need to enjoy a healthy, holiday meal. This includes emergency last-minute family referrals that we are not able to adopt out to a donor due to the timing. Cash donations also help to pay for "Santa's Supplies", because even Santa needs wrapping paper and garbage bags! 

CLICK HERE to donate securely online (select Adopt-A-Family on the drop-down menu for donation allocation). If you would prefer to make your donation in person, via mail or over the phone, please contact us at: The Children's Foundation of Guelph and Wellington - 87 Waterloo Ave - Guelph, ON - N1H 3H6.  Email:  or call 519-826-9551 ext 26. 


4. Purchasing a Special Item

This is a great option for donors with more modest budgets and/or less time to shop. These are much-needed and special gifts for a family, especially those with infants who need crucial things like car seats, high chairs, etc. You can view a price guideline (prices as of spring 2017) for special items HERE.

Donor Sign-Up will go live on Monday, October 23, 2017 so please check back on this page then to sign-up to be a Special Item donor.


5. Holding a Gift-Toy Drive

Businesses or community groups (e.g. church group) may be interested in holding a gift or toy drive, which helps us to stock our "Santa Shop" so we can make sure every child receives a good selection of their needs and wishes. A well-stocked store also means we can meet the urgent needs of last-minute referrals. In 2016, we filled 29 emergency referrals in the week leading up to Christmas. We will work with you to determine what items are most needed.

toy drive

CLICK HERE for more information about holding a gift-toy drive.  


Donor FAQs

Your outstanding questions may be addressed in our FAQs.

CLICK HERE to see our FAQs.