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With COVID-19 cases at an all time high and the days getting colder and shorter, this holiday season will be even more challenging for Torontonians.

Thankfully, people are most generous during the holiday season, with 30% of annual giving being made in December.

To make your holiday giving simple and effective, we've created the Holiday Fund.


Charities

The Holiday Fund consists of high-impact charities focusing on 3 important areas:

  • 1 — Supporting those experiencing loneliness
  • 2 — Sheltering the most vulnerable from the cold
  • 3 — Providing food security to those in need

Every charity in the fund has been carefully vetted by our research team. Learn more about our research.


1 — Supporting those experiencing loneliness

While everyone has had to adjust to a new normal this year, many are also dealing with the loss of a job or a loved one. Unfortunately, the holiday season can often serve as a harsh reminder of these losses. And with a second lockdown in Toronto, those who are already struggling can experience more isolation and loneliness, which is dangerous for their mental health.

Distress Centres of Toronto offers free crisis lines that provide people with crucial support during a time of need.

Crisis intervention

Distress Centres of Toronto

Distress Centres Toronto provides 12 crisis lines aimed at different types of counselling support. These programs include suicide prevention, senior support, multi-lingual support, connections to emergency medical services, and more.

dcogt.com

2 — Sheltering the most vulnerable from the cold

As of early November, almost 6,000 people are using shelters on a daily basis. As we enter the coldest months of the year, emergency shelters are a life saving service for those without a home. With hundreds of thousands of jobs lost in Canada due to COVID-19, shelters play a critical role more than ever.

Red Door Family Shelter, Haven Toronto, and Eva's all provide emergency housing to different at-risk groups.

Multi-service

Red Door Family Shelter

Red Door Family Shelter provides emergency shelter geared specifically for women and families. In addition to housing, they also provide child care, medical assistance, and programs for youth. Case workers are also available, who can support the families to transition to more stable housing.

reddoorshelter.ca
Multi-service

Haven Toronto

Haven Toronto is a drop-in centre where homeless seniors, marginally housed, and socially isolated men can feel safe, form and cultivate friendships, and become part of a community. Last year, they served roughly 250 to 400 clients every day. Drop-ins at Haven Toronto receive food and access to nurses, dental hygienists, and other health services.

haventoronto.ca
Multi-service

Eva's

Eva's provides shelter and transitional housing for youth, particularly those dealing with mental health and addiction issues. They connect youth to health, employment, and educational services to help them get back on their feet. Every day, Eva's provides services to over 120 youth.

evas.ca

3 — Providing food security to those in need

Not only do food banks provide food security for those who need it, they often serve as the first point of contact for people in need, connecting them with other support systems like emergency shelter and mental health services.

Daily Bread Food Bank provides fresh and shelf-stable food to over 130 food banks and public libraries across Toronto.

Food bank

Daily Bread Food Bank

Daily Bread Food Bank provides healthy food for food insecure people across the GTA. Last year, they distributed 10 million pounds of food, 37% of which were fresh fruit and vegetables. In addition to food distribution, Daily Bread Food Bank also provides training and cooked meals to its partner food banks. Through their partnership with Toronto Public Health, they helped 191 food bank users access free dental services last year.

dailybread.ca

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