Programs for the Community

Share a Christmas

Community Centre 55’s Share a Christmas program provides Christmas assistance to over 1000 families.  Each eligible family residing in our catchment area receives a turkey or ham, milk, bread, potatoes, cake, frozen vegetables, a box of non-perishable foods and toys for children 16 years of age and under.  On December 22, local volunteers deliver directly to the family’s home.

How to Help:

  • Volunteer – It takes an army to sort, pack and deliver over 850 Christmas Hampers.  Volunteer Opportunities
  • Donate – Without the generosity of the community, the Share a Christmas program would not exist.  While we appreciate donations of new toys, we are in greatest need of non-perishable food and gift cards for 13-16 year olds.  Financial donations help us to purchase fresh food and gift cards for the teenagers on our list.
  • Plan a food drop or collection at your family, or business parties and arrange to transport the proceeds to Community Centre 55
  • Adopt A Family

    Our “Adopt-A-Family” program is a very special and intimate way of helping a needy neighbourhood  family at Christmas. In confidence, and with the permission of the “adopted” family, Community Centre 55 can match a family with service groups, companies, class rooms, offices, families and others.

    Many families  are using the “Adopt-A-Family” program to compliment the Christmas Season by providing opportunities to their children to learn about the meaning of Christmas.

    The corporate sector uses the Adopt A Family approach, because they can see where their money goes and can experience a return on their investment. The program is altruistic and offers a way to build teams, reinforce corporate ethics and to help with corporate imaging in the community, in a dignified and respectful way.

    The cost of adopting a family is proportional to its size, for example,  a family of 5 is approximately $450. An adopter is asked to provide the level and quality of service that would have been offered by Community Centre 55 in our regular program. The adopter can customize the donation, but the generic hamper should include: one medium to large frozen Grade A turkey, 6 litres of 2% milk, bread, fresh fruits and vegetables (i.e. apples, oranges, potatoes, carrots, turnip, parsley, onions), desserts ( i.e. pie, candies), non-perishable foods (canned fish-tuna, salmon, canned meat-ham, canned fruits and vegetables, pasta, cereals, sauces, spreads-peanut butter) and an age-gender appropriate toy for each child. The children of the adopted family dream, like every child, for one of the top 10 seasonal toys and this is market driven and difficult for us to recommend. Consider a gift valued at $75 per child.

    It is of extreme importance that the Adopter not over or under achieve the recommendations of this program.

  • Join our Can Campaign. Use our money cans on your counter, bar or pass it around at your Christmas Party. Even better-take it Caroling;
  • Volunteer to pick up, sort, pack and deliver;
  • Collect Canadian Tire money for us.
  • Organize a draw and donate the proceeds.

Shopping List

When shopping please consider buying some of the following products for us:

  • canned fruits and vegetables
  • canned meat (i.e. ham) and fish ( i.e. tuna and salmon);
  • breakfast cereals
  • pasta (i.e. spaghetti, macaroni and cheese, noodles);
  • rice
  • soups and stews;
  • sandwich spreads ( i.e. peanut butter and jam, mustard, catchup);
  • sauces ( i.e. tomato sauce, salad, dressing, gravy, apple sauce);
  • cat and dog food
  • jello, puddings;
  • fruit juices ( i.e. apple, orange, cranberry);
  • snack food ( i.e. popcorn, potato chips)
  • baby food

When donating food, we would really appreciate it very much if you would please check the “best before” dates on the labels of the products you are contributing. Thanks again.

Every little bit helps!

Share A Christmas Boundaries:

To achieve the best possible program and to ensure we have enough food and toys, we must define our service area. Our jurisdictional boundaries are:

  • North of Lake Ontario
  • South side of Danforth Avenue
  • East of Coxwell Avenue
  • West of Victoria Park Avenue