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Sharing the Holidays


The holiday season is upon us. Shopping malls are filled with patrons rushing around, desperately trying to find that perfect gift. Line-ups are long. Heading online is a popular choice again this year, but even then you're faced with shipping costs, postal delays and possible taxes at the border (if shopping from the United States.) Of course, most people also have work parties, family events and other social gatherings to fit into their already busy schedules as well. At such a stressful time, it's easy to lose the spirit of the season. One way you can truly celebrate the holidays is by helping those less fortunate. Charities and non-profit organisations are always looking for donations and the holiday season is the perfect time to share.

A few examples of societies that can use your help are:

Oxfam Canada
210-410 Adelaide St. West.
Toronto, Ontario
M5V 1S8
416-535-2335
Supports organizations in poor communities around the world in an effort to secure basic rights such as education, health care and training.

World Wildlife Fund Canada
245 Eglinton Ave. East, Suite 410
Toronto, Ontario
M4P 3J1
416-489-8800
Works towards environmental and animal protection.

Foodshare
90 Croatia Street
Toronto, Ontario
M6H 1K9
416-363-6441
Aims to provide fresh, healthy food to communities.

Make-A-Wish Canada
4211 Yonge Street, Suite 521
Toronto, Ontario
M2P 2A9
416-224-9474
Grants wishes to children with serious illnesses

Toronto Humane Society
11 River Street
Toronto, Ontario
M5A 4C2
416-392-2273
Provides care and protection for animals in need.

African Medical and Research Foundation Canada
489 College St. Suite 407
Toronto, Ontario
M6G 1A5
416-961-6981
Works towards producing a better quality of life for the impoverished in Africa.

Canadian Cancer Society
1639 Yonge Street
Toronto, Ontario
M4T 2W6
416-488-5400

Aims to eradicate cancer and improve the quality of life for those with cancer.

Many non-profit organisations also offer gifts you can purchase to give to loved ones over the holidays. A portion of the proceeds from these gifts go towards the organisation's cause. A large list of these gifts can be found here.


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