It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Nova Vita as our elves prepare for the Residents’ Christmas party, toy workshop, and Santa’s arrival. The kids in the shelter are getting excited and writing their Christmas lists as we speak. But without the help of our community, the families living in our shelter would not be able to have a safe and brighter holiday. They often come to the shelter with nothing but the clothes on their backs. At Christmas, this can be especially difficult as they are away from their homes, families, and presents from holidays gone by.

At Nova Vita, we strive to make the holidays a little brighter for our residents and the families we support in the community. We act as Santa’s helpers to make sure the children are not forgotten. Santa has a workshop at Nova Vita where our busy elves sort and wrap toys around the clock to make sure each child has something under the tree for Christmas. If you would like to help make someone’s Christmas brighter, below is a list of suggested gift items.


For the Children:                                                                                      For the Teenagers:

Board games, video games                                                                        DVD’s
Lego, mega blocks                                                                                     Cosmetics, cosmetic bags, purses
Superhero action figures (spiderman, batman)                                          Books, journals, puzzles
Barbies, baby dolls, strollers for dolls, my little pony                                  CD’s, magazines
Play dough sets                                                                                          Gift Certificates – clothing, music, cinemas, and sports stores
Disney items (Minnie & Mickey, Frozen, etc.)
Craft items (jewellery kits, colouring books, scrapbooking)
Minecraft items
Wobble bubble ball
Hot wheels, car tracks, trucks
Toy tools
Infant and toddler toys
Pyjamas and slippers


For the Women:

Gift cards – Shopper’s Drugmart, grocery stores,                                     Fashion scarves and gloves
clothing stores, Walmart                                                                            Hair brushes
Make up                                                                                                    Hair straightener or blow dryer
Pyjamas, house coats


Financial donations are always appreciated – this allows Nova Vita to purchase desired items on a child’s wish list. If possible please include wrapping paper, tags, and tape with your donation.

Please note that all Christmas gift items must be new and unwrapped.

Your donation can be delivered between 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday, no later than Monday, December 14th at:

Nova Vita Domestic Violence Prevention Services
59 North Park Street
Brantford N3R 4J8

If you have any questions or require further information, please contact Kim at 519-752-1005 ext. 228 or