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Recognized as a festive tradition that aids countless families during the holiday season, the St. Catharines Tree of Giving program is the perfect opportunity to give back to the community.
In support of Community Care St. Catharines and Thorold, the annual Tree of Giving campaign offers registered families and children new gifts, toys, gift cards and monetary donations to help bring joy to everyone’s holiday season. Previously recognized as the Tree of Little Angels campaign, the organization offers over hundreds of donations each year which are provided to families in need that are registered in the campaign’s Christmas program.
Celebrating its 25th consecutive year, the campaign allows the local community to donate and offer support in a multitude of ways. Individuals can drop off any unwrapped gifts, toys or cards at any of the city’s donation bins, which are set up at various facilities in St. Catharines.
This year, the donation bin locations are placed at the Seymour-Hannah Sports and Entertainment Centre, St. Catharines City Hall, St. Catharines Kiwanis Aquatics Centre, St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canal Centre and various other locations.
Individuals intending to bring gifts to any of these locations are asked to follow the list of gift suggestions for each age.
For children under the age of two, cuddle toys, educational toys, talking books and large blocks are recommended. For children three to five years of age, locals can bring toy cars, trucks, dolls, books, puzzles and other educational toys. Similar toys can be gifted to children aged six to eight, along with action figures, models, cameras and jewelry. Suggested gifts for children aged nine to 16 consist of gift cards, sports equipment, models, games, cosmetics, jewelry and hair accessories. Printable gift tags can also be added to the donated gifts.
Locals can offer additional support to children and families by providing monetary $5 donations through the Tip Tap machines located at the St. Catharines Kiwanis Aquatics Centre and the Seymour-Hannah Sports and Entertainment Centre. Individuals may also donate directly to Community Care through QR codes which have been posted throughout the city’s various facilities.
By partaking in the Tree of Giving program, locals are given the opportunity to aid children and families who need support in accessing gifts for the holiday season, ultimately bringing the community closer together.
For more information on how to donate and support Community Care St. Catharines and Thorold, visit the Community Care website.