How You Can Help Support Families and Youth this Holiday Season

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 or email

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Giving Adopting a Family or an Independent Youth 

Donors can be matched to a family (primary family or caregiver family) or an Independent Youth to provide gift cards for them to purchase gifts and the groceries they need for the holidays. We will match you to the right size family based on your budget and any other information you provide.

CLICK HERE for more detailed information about adopting a family or youth and our recommendations for how much is expected for donors to spend.

Gift CardPurchasing 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 use gift cards to help supplement where needed and to help with the later, emergency family referrals that we cannot adopt out. In 2019, we used over $40,000 in donated grocery and gift cards to help families. We anticipate the need will be even higher in 2020.

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


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With our adaptation in 2020, we are concerned about kids who need new winter coats and boots since the gift card model may make it difficult for families to get what they need given the timing. This year, we are holding a Winter Wear Drive to collect coats, boots, hats, mitts, and scarves. These will be distributed to families in need in partnership with Lakeside Hope House, the Community Resource Centre, and some of our other social-community agencies. Donors who select this option will be sent information about where to drop off their items. We will begin collecting in early October.  While we traditionally only accept new items for Adopt-A-Family, for this year we will also accept gently used coats and boots to distribute in the community. 

 CLICK HERE for information about donating Winter Wear items to support families in our community.

Stroller Purchasing a Special Item

We hope to provide some high need items such as car seats and strollers for infants, and support items for children with special needs and disabilities. Our team will be in touch with you if you select this donation option to discuss what is currently needed.

Drive Holding a Gift Drive 

Businesses or community groups may be interested in holding a Gift Card or Winter Wear drive. We can provide you with information and materials to help you hold a successful drive.

CLICK HERE for information about holding a Gift Drive.

Cash Making a Cash Donation

We can pool cash donations to purchase enough gift cards to ensure that we are able to help every family to have a happy holiday. This includes emergency last-minute family referrals that we are not able to adopt out to a donor due to the timing.

CLICK HERE to donate securely online. 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 our Finance Manager  or call 519-826-9551 ext 26. 

If you need any other information, contact our Adopt-A-Family team of Elves at 519-829-0855 or email