956 Children and Babies Helped in 2019! Help us continue the magic in 2020!
Every year during the holiday season, Moorelands Kids offers a uniquely personalized way for you to reach out to families in need.
Our Christmas Sharing program 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. This year we are also helping families by topping up their pantry and providing electronics for online learning.
How Does Adopt-a-Family Work?
Moorelands Kids’ Christmas Sharing program is a fun and joyful way to give to those in need during the Holiday season. Once you have successfully signed up to adopt-a-family, we will provide you with gift-giving guidelines, information about the number of people in the family, the children’s ages and favourites (e.g. colours, music, authors, games) to ensure that gifts will be useful and cherished. You and your family or group members go shopping and deliver the gifts to us. We then organize times/dates for the families to pick up their gifts. Sign up early (October) as we have a limited number of families available.
Be an Elf and Volunteer with Moorelands Kids this Holiday Season!
Learn about our volunteer opportunities during December and help us share Christmas with families-in-need.
Top UP the Pantry – Another Way to Help
This year Moorelands Kids has heard that a concern for families is food security. In addition to the grocery money that Moorelands Kids receives for a nice family meal at the holidays, we are looking to collect extra grocery cards for each family to top up their pantry. If you are unable to adopt a family, you can still help the families we serve by donating a set amount to help with a family’s food security. If you’ve already adopted a family, you can also add to the grocery amount you are giving to top up your adopted family’s pantry!
Sponsor a mom and newborn
Another way to share this Christmas is through our Baby Bundles program. Moorelands will link you with a newborn and mom that needs your support. We provide you with gift-giving guidelines to ensure that your gifts will be useful and cherished. You and your family (or group members) go shopping and deliver the gifts to Moorelands. We then organize times/dates for the delivery of your gifts.
Items include a toy, sleepers, blankets, clothing and toiletries (we will provide you with a full list). The approximate cost of one Baby Bundle is $232.
Donate a Used Laptop and Support Online Programming!
Moorelands Kids has had to move our after school programs online this fall and we are not the only ones. With more and more students learning and participating in virtual environments, families need support with providing technology for their kids to use. We are looking for donors this year to donate laptops that have been wiped clean and ready for kids to use. If you have a laptop at home or in your office that is no more than 5 years old, you can donate it today to a family to use for online learning.
DON'T HAVE TIME TO GO SHOPPING?
Donate the value of adopting a Moorelands Kids' family and we'll get the gifts on your behalf!
Important Info About Christmas Sharing
Moorelands Kids may be able to provide a charitable tax receipt for the gifts you purchase. If you would like a charitable tax receipt, you must:
- keep the original purchase receipts for each gift
- fill out our online form
- bring in the purchase receipts with your gifts.
Due to CRA guidelines, purchase receipts will not be accepted after the gifts have been dropped off.
At Moorelands Kids we respect the unique worth and inherent dignity of the families we serve. That’s why our Christmas Sharing program is anonymous. If you wish to connect more closely with the family you are adopting, please feel free to include a special message to them. Moorelands will ensure the message is delivered. The message is meant as an opportunity, not as an expectation.
Detailed gift-giving guidelines will be provided once you sign up but here is a general overview: For families each child aged 16 and under you will be asked to provide:
- Hats and waterproof mitts/gloves
- Games, activity, toy or gift card
- Holiday treats (chocolates or sweets)
(Typically this will cost up to $80 per child, depending on the age)
- Grocery gift cards – $25 per person in the family (for example, you would provide a $100 grocery gift card for a single parent and 3 children)
For our new 2020 programs (donating electronics and Top Up the Pantry), we are finalizing the approximate costs and will provide this information to you when we send out program information.
It’s exciting to help others and sometimes we’re tempted to “make this Christmas the best ever”. Please be fair and follow the guidelines. Many recipient families know each other and all pick up their Christmas packages at the Moorelands Christmas “warehouse”. To the extent possible, we’d like our families to receive gifts of comparable value. We do check deliveries to ensure that each child has age-appropriate gifts and the grocery gift card amount matches the family size. If you are inspired to do more please consider adopting an additional family or perhaps sponsor a child to attend another Moorelands’ program. See other ways you can get involved…
Once you have successfully applied to adopt-a-family, we will assign you a date to drop off your gifts. Drop off dates are November 30 – Dec 2, 2020 according to the preference listed on applications.
8:00 am to 5:30 pm
- Organize your plan–get your family or group together
- Complete the online application in October (act fast since we have a limited number of families available)
- We will contact you within a week of receiving your application, assign you a family or families as requested and provide you with the information you’ll need
- Go shopping, pack the unwrapped gifts for your family(ies) and complete the packing slip
- Deliver the boxes (or have them delivered by courier) to the drop-off location in Toronto on your scheduled date. You will be notified by email where this is.
- Feel great about helping families in need and for inspiring others to get involved!
- We’ll organize time/dates for the families to pick up their gifts
Some Thank You Messages From Families Helped
Info for Families Seeking Support
Moorelands Kids Christmas Sharing program serves families whose children have attended our camp in the current year (2020). If your child/children attended our camp, please note that applications for support must be in by October 13th. If you are a participant in our Camp program, please apply through our Campsite Account.
If your child/children did not attend our camp and you need support this Christmas, the Christmas Bureau opens November 1st. Please contact them for support: 416-392-3601