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Click on one of the images above to sign-up to be a Holiday Hero this Christmas season.


Click on the Donor Sign-Up button above if registering to adopt a family or youth, donating grocery & gift cards,

purchasing a special item or stocking stuffer, or holding a toy-gift drive. 

Click on the Make a Cash Donation button above to make a monetary donation. 


Read below on the ways 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.  When you know what option(s) you would like as a donor, just click on one of the buttons at the top of the page.  We are also happy to speak with you to help you decide what would be best to do. Call us at 519-829-0855 or email

Adopting a Family or Independent Youth

Families: 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 $175-$200 in order to provide a good selection of their needs and wishes. Note: this can vary depending on the age of the child and what they are asking for - e.g. younger children generally have less expensive needs/wishes.
  • 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 $275 and a larger family such as a two-parent family with six children is $1,450.

Independent Youth: 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 $400-$450. Again, this is dependent on what they are asking for, but as they are living on their own, they often have a great need for household items, clothing and other such things.

Please note: when you receive your adopted family or youth, we will assign you a delivery date for your gifts between November 19 - December 12 (final date for donor drop-offs).

Purchasing Grocery and/or Gift Cards

Gift cards for groceries, drugstores, shopping malls, and department stores are very much needed 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 through the year to prepare for the upcoming season. CLICK HERE if you would like more information about purchasing grocery and/or gift cards.

Purchasing a Special Item

This is a great option for donors with less time to shop. These are much-needed and special gifts for a family or child, such as bikes and items for infants like car seats, high chairs, etc. An online registry of special item gifts for you to choose from will be sent to you when you sign-up. See Price Guidelines to give you an idea for special items.  

Holding a Gift or 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 youth receives a good selection of their needs and wishes and that the family's caregiver (e.g. parent) has something to open on Christmas morning. A well-stocked store also means we can meet the urgent needs of last-minute referrals. In 2017, we filled 19 emergency referrals in the week leading up to Christmas. We will contact you with a Gift Drive package when you sign-up as a donor above.

Stocking Stuffers

Like a toy drive, but for individuals!  You can purchase a small wish gift (or gifts) that are needed to make sure every child receives something special at Christmas. This is especially helpful for family referrals that we cannot 'adopt' directly to a donor, such as late, emergency referrals. As well, it helps us with what we call "non-custodial" referrals, such as a low-income grandparent who would like to provide their grandchild with one special gift. An online registry of stocking stuffers for you to choose from will be sent to you when you sign-up.

Making a Cash Donation 

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 Santa always needs wrapping paper and bows! 

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.   

Donor FAQs

Your outstanding questions may be addressed in our FAQ section.