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Many Canadians will seek Christmas help this season for whatever reasons.
Thankfully, good people in communities across Canada are working together to bring magic into the homes of needy people.
Today, I will share places to get Christmas help and ways to find free toys, food, and other ways to save money.
If you know of a place that should be added below, please message me the information.
Christmas Assistance For Canadians
It’s a particular time of year for children at Christmas, but it’s difficult for parents who cannot buy toys for their kids.
With the plight of COVID-19, deaths, job loss, and employees being laid off, families will struggle for Christmas.
Local food banks have put out requests for donations as their food pantry looks bare.
Even worse is telling a child that Santa can’t come to visit this year.
Searching For Christmas Help Programs In Canada
There are probably hundreds of Christmas help programs across Canada, but I’ve chosen what stood out.
These programs that help families celebrate Christmas are valuable and can light up a child’s eyes and fill a belly.
Christmas help doesn’t necessarily mean that you don’t have the money to spend but perhaps limited funds, which can be stressful.
I sourced the web for ways Canadians can apply for free Christmas gifts and other items.
Christmas assistance is a way to bring families together to celebrate the holidays like everyone else.
If you want to offer Christmas donations, refer to your community to see where the needs are.
3 Gift Christmas Rule At Our House
Growing up, my sisters and I had the three-gift rule for Christmas, where we created handwritten Christmas gift lists for Santa.
We had to share with Santa something we wanted to wear, a book to read, and a toy to play with, and that’s what we’d get.
Looking For Christmas Help In Your Community
Many Christmas charities exist for low-income families; however, you must first apply for many.
The months of October and November are the best times to get in touch with these organizations in your area.
There’s no reason to make Christmas holidays specifically about the gifts but rather the gift of giving, volunteering, and family.
Although I can’t list every Canadian Christmas help program or charity, I’ve listed many below.
If you need Christmas help, connect with charities, churches, social services, city hall, and fellow residents on social media.
I’ve seen it done before, where parents will ask for help at Christmas, and community members online will come together.
Just be cautious of scammers this time of year and give with the hope you’re helping someone in need or contact a local charity to donate.
Save Money To Stretch The Cash You Do Have
The best online Christmas deals mean using coupon codes, rewards programs, and referrals from friends.
Online Christmas store offers have already flooded our email inbox, as I imagine it has for you.
With so many people completing their Christmas shopping list online, there are many ways to get deals to keep Christmas costs low.
Christmas Shopping Online Armed With Savings
If online shopping this holiday season is for you, here are a few websites that offer Christmas help with cashback and rewards.
For example, before we go to any website to shop, we start with Rakuten to see what cashback or discount codes we can find.
Earn Extra Cash when you shop online.
Sign up with Rakuten Canada and receive your money back when you shop.
If we don’t find the store we are looking for, we also check Great Canadian Rebates, as both offer a variety of Canadian businesses.
You can enjoy all of Canada’s best savings rebates by joining Great Canadian Rebates as we did.
When you’re on a budget, saving money wherever you can at Christmas is the key to stretching what you have.
It also means that you may use all of your Christmas savings but still need more, and that’s where community charities come into play.
There are also ways teens in your family can earn extra money for Christmas, so there are plenty of opportunities.
What programs help with Christmas gifts?
For others with little to no money for the holidays, Christmas help is available across Canada and in various communities.
I will touch on some significant Canadian Christmas help programs, but consult your local city-specific programs.
No one should go without over the holidays, and I believe we can all do our part in helping families celebrate without Christmas stress.
Salvation Army Christmas Help
The Salvation Army is a Christian organization that offers a Christmas help program for those people in need over the holidays.
From toys to clothing, the Salvation Army provides practical Christmas help for families across Canada.
Families and individuals may register for holiday assistance by completing an application process, which usually starts during October or November, at their local Salvation Army.
Salvation Army Christmas help is one of the most popular programs in Canada, so please donate gently used clothing, toys, and other items.
Consider donating to the Salvation Army Christmas gifts program to help those in need.
For a location near you click here. (salvationarmy.ca/locator/)
Christmas Help With Toys
Toys For Tots is a program run by volunteers who offer toys to children during Christmas and other religious holidays.
Toys For Tots (Canada) is a Canadian charity based on local partnerships between Canadian Armed Forces, businesses, and concerned citizenry whose sole focus as an organization is to provide toys for children who are in need.
The Toys for Tots program also provides toys to local emergency programs to deliver and to help with catastrophic events.
We collect toys though donations made at retail partners, media sponsors, and corporate fundraising events.
Children’s names come in from our partner agencies, and we sort toys and pack hampers for both individual home deliveries and large bulk packages for distribution before Christmas and throughout the year as requested.
You can do a few things if you’d like to donate to the Toys for Tots program.
- Volunteer your time
- Donate Cash
- Offer new gifts by donation
- Become an organizational partner for the program
- Make Homeless Care Packages
Toys For Tots (Canada) is a Canadian charity based on local partnerships between the Canadian Armed Forces, businesses, and the concerned citizenry.
Earn Fast Cash For Christmas Help
If you find that the resources in your community for Christmas help are not enough or non-existent, there are ways you can earn fast cash.
The idea about earning fast cash for Christmas help means you do this in advance, not the week before Christmas.
Just think about how much money you can earn or save online for little effort but big rewards.
- Start selling what you don’t use in your house online, preferably with Facebook Marketplace or Kijiji Canada.
- Take on extra hours at work if available.
- Look for odd jobs online that are listed by homeowners in which you qualify.
- Become a Canadian Uber Driver
- Find a part-time job at shops looking for extra Christmas help.
- Become a reseller and buy products cheap at second-hand stores, online, or garage sales and sell them for more money.
- Take advantage of cashback, rewards, and referral programs such as Rakuten Canada or Great Canadian Rebates to enjoy the best savings rebates in Canada.
- House sit, pet sit, or become a dog walker in your neighbourhood or the surrounding area.
- Rent a room in your house
- Become a HomeStay Host for International Students.
- Complete online surveys for cash or scan groceries for gifts and gift cards by joining Nielsen Homescan
- Sign up to the LEO panel to earn between $1 and $35 by taking surveys and giving your opinion on real-world topics.
- Activate the Paymi App for FREE. Use the code CanadianBudgetBinder and earn cashback when shopping at participating Canadian Retailers.
- If you spend lots of time online, Sign up for Swagbucks. It’s FREE. We LOVE it and hope you will, too.
How To Find A Family In Need This Christmas
If you want to find a family that you can provide Christmas help, your best bet is to contact local organizations.
Your children’s school may offer an Adopt a Family for Christmas program where you donate money or gift cards.
This year, our son’s elementary school is asking parents who can afford to donate $20 to help a needy family.
Related Post: How to adopt a family for Christmas
Christmas Help Programs Across Canada
I previously wrote about resources to get free Christmas gifts, an excellent source of information I encourage you to read.
This year, I want to focus on charities and businesses that have programs available to families needing assistance this Christmas.
Besides The Salvation Army and Toys For Tots, I found some other programs that help with Christmas gifts online.
If you’d like your organization or know of one in your community and would like it added to the list, please message me the information.
Community Churches in your area are worth making a phone call to and asking if they have any Christmas help.
Christmas Cheer Program
Provides needy families in the area with a complete turkey dinner, as well as mittens and toys for the children
Lions Club of Canada has a Christmas Basket Program depending on your local club, but it is worth investigating.
This program provides a basket of food and toys to families and individuals in need for the Holiday season.
- voucher for a turkey or ham
- canned goods
- gifts or gift certificates for children up to 15 years of age
The Christmas Sharing Program
To qualify for the Christmas Sharing Program, all applicants and dependents must satisfy income and residency requirements and provide proof of identity, income, and address with their application.
Children 10 and under qualify for the toy drive, and single applicants can opt to attend the annual Christmas dinner.
This is a Christmas registration for residents of St. Catharines and the surrounding area in Ontario.
Hamilton Christmas Help
The Christmas Registry lists supports available in the City of Hamilton to help ensure that as many people as possible can enjoy Christmas.
It is coordinated by The City Of Hamilton, Hamilton Food Share, and The Emergency Food Network operating in Hamilton.
Agencies can be contacted directly for additional details.
Christmas Help in Waterloo, Ontario
The Christmas Bureau helps people living on a low income in Waterloo Region with food and gifts.
In Cambridge, toys are provided by the Cambridge Salvation Army and the Cambridge Food Bank, and the Cambridge Firefighters Basket Fund provides food.
The Society of St Vincent de Paul supports families in Kitchener, Waterloo, and Cambridge.
Applications for help with food and gifts will start in November. When and how you apply depends on the area in which you live.If you need food support, please call the Food Assistance line at 519-743-5576 ext 340.
Holiday Sharing Adopt-A-Family
Christmas Sharing brings Christmas to families that otherwise wouldn’t have the opportunity to have a traditional Christmas experience.
Moorelands Kids’ Holiday Sharing Adopt-a-Family links a family, firm, or group with a family or families whose children have attended Moorelands Camp.
Through your sponsorship or “adoption,” Moorelands Kids provides holiday gifts to low-income Toronto families whose children attend our programs.
Innisfil Christmas Help
This is a Christmas help program for residents in Innisfil, Ontario.
What we need:
- We need to verify which school your child attends
- Proof of residence in Innisfil
- Be willing to tell us a little about your situation.
- We ask that families only apply to one organization for assistance
The Christmas Marketplace
The Christmas Marketplace will be offered from Monday, November 23 to Thursday, December 24.
The program will offer food, essential seasonal clothing and toys for children ages 0-12.
We recognized the need to be open regular hours with the exception of statutory holidays to accommodate as many households as possible.
Please book your appointment with reception in person or by phone (905.972.9485) throughout November 2020.
Angel Tree Christmas
Angel Tree Christmas. Those of you who have been involved feel the emotion of that moment.
When a child realizes that a parent who is away from home in prison remembered him/her with a Christmas gift, complete with a gift tag written in the parent’s handwriting
Share A Christmas Community Centre 55
Community Centre 55’s Share a Christmas program assists over 1,000 families.
The Share a Christmas program provides grocery gift cards and toys to local families in need.
Community Centre 55’s Share, A Christmas Program, will return for 2023!
Please note: applications for Christmas assistance will open on Wednesday, November 1!
How to Apply:
Applications for our Share A Christmas Program will begin on Wednesday, November 1st.
Please check if you live within the boundaries described below to determine which services you are eligible for and which forms must be submitted.
Families with children will receive age-appropriate toys for children up to 16.
- North of Lake Ontario
- Southside of Danforth Avenue
- East of Coxwell Avenue
- West of Victoria Park Avenue
You can call 311 to check if any agencies offer Christmas assistance in your area.
Once your form has been processed, you will receive a confirmation email with further instructions.
Christmas Reserve Fund
For our family to ensure that we had money set aside for Christmas, we started a Christmas Reserve Fund within our budget.
Some might say there is no money to set aside for Christmas reserve fun, and that’s expected.
For example, you can collect rewards points from sites such as Survey Junkie for extra Christmas help throughout the year.
You earn Points for taking Surveys and earn gift cards for your time. Sign up for Survey Junkie.
Another fun cashback app is Ampli for Canadians.
Sign up for the newest Canadian Cashback app, Ampli, where you don’t get points.
You get CASH.
Once you reach $15 in your account, you can e-transfer the cash to your bank account for free.
Sign up for Ampli first, then enter my Promo Code: AMPLI5 and link your account.
You will get $5 Free Cash added to your balance.
Planning For Christmas
Christmas planning is a big deal for those who celebrate, but it can also be the most stressful financial time of the year.
Creating debt at Christmas should be a red flag, especially if you find it a recurring problem yearly.
If you are lucky to have a freezer, you can buy food on sale and freeze it for your Christmas festivities.
Save up to 75% Off Of Food With The FlashFood App
Using the FlashFood app in Canada is an AWESOME way to find food and other products up to or more than 50% off.
We check the app daily to see what the grocery stores in our area are trying to get rid of fast for cheap and worth signing up for.
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Christmas Help and Employee Bonuses
While gifts and food are important so are finding inexpensive Christmas activities for your family.
If your boss gives you Christmas gifts or a bonus, don’t rely on that, especially at employee Children’s Christmas parties.
You never know when things can change for a business owner; their budget is the first that gets chopped.
Give Hope To Those In Need
In closing, there are ways we can all give back to help make Christmas a happy one for families across Canada.
We should all have hope, but if we can make someone’s hope come to life, it will be a life-long memory.
Discussion: How has the community in your area offered you Christmas help?
What tips do you have for CBB readers to save money for Christmas?
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Seasonal Frugal Recipe Box
I’ll post Christmas recipes until after New Year’s, and I’m excited to find new recipes.
Christi from Love from the Oven has these delicious-looking Hot Cocoa Cookies that are perfect Christmas cookies.
What I love about her recipe is that it screams holiday cookies and would look fabulous on a Christmas dessert platter.
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Home and Blog Update
Home And Blog Update
Bring on the snow! I’m just kidding, but I’m almost ready.
The last two weeks have been wild around here travelling back and forth to tie up loose ends for family.
We had three birthday celebrations and family workouts in the middle of that.
I’ve been heavily investing time daily into working out as I feel working from home, I’ve been letting myself go a bit.
It feels so good to be back on the treadmill, and we bought an exercise bike to work out together.
Our basement has workout dumbells and other fun gadgets to keep us in shape.
I’ve also been hunting for new tires for my truck, which will cost us some big bucks.
Thankfully, we have been saving money all year for the tire expenses.
This weekend is all about Christmas decorations we will all be putting out.
I’m not sure when I will put the Christmas tree up, but I’m sure it will be soon, as our son LOVES Christmas.
Otherwise, life is okay on our end, and Mrs. CBB will get some much-needed treatment in December.
I’ve mostly been updating recipes and old posts to jazz them up and re-making my recipes for better photography.
When I started CBB, I took photos without any skills or knowledge about the best practices for food bloggers.
Since I’m a Finance and Food blogger, I wanted to have my recipes shine for someone interested in making it.
Having boring, blurry, or small photos just don’t cut it.
Food bloggers are doing food videos these days, but I don’t think I will.
I like to keep things simple on CBB, and I’m always open to tips and ideas for my blog.
I’ve been slowly working on a How To Start A Blog post for the readers who have shared their desire to do so with me.
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