Hope For The Holidays

How You Can Help

Download Hope For The Holidays Community Support Opportunities HERE.

Based upon our client needs and our current capacity, there are three ways that you can help this year:

  1. Donate Gift Cards: When you donate gift cards you give the gift of independence, and empower our clients to purchase their most essential needs and fulfill their loved-ones wish lists.
  2. Make A Financial Donation: Making a financial donation towards our holiday program makes the greatest impact and allows us to fill gaps and last minute requests to ensure that all holiday and meal needs are met. You can donate online here, and select “Hope For The Holidays” from the drop-down menu.
  3. Sponsor A Family: This program is now complete. Many thanks to our caring sponsors for working to bring the magic of the holidays to families we support in our community (updated November 23, 2021).

Please note: Opportunities to donate toys, gifts and other physical items are now full for this year’s Hope For The Holidays Campaign and as a result we will not be able to accept physical donations that have not been pre-arranged or scheduled at Nova Vita. We invite you to support one of the pre-arranged community partner drives happening in November and December.

  • Rams of Ontario “Cram A Ram” Toy Drive: Saturday November 27 at Toys R Us Brantford . Download the Wish List.
  • Brantford Police Service “Stuff a Cruiser” Wish List Drive: November 13, 20, 27 & December 4 at Walmart Brantford. Download the Wish List.

Arrange A Donation

Our Hope For The Holiday team is busy working to connect the kindness of our community with the specific needs of the clients we serve. When planning your level of support please be mindful that safety and confidentiality is a top priority at our location and we cannot accept delivery of items without confirming an appointment with a member of our community development team. Here are some tips to help:

  • We are currently experiencing a high demand for gift cards valued at $25, $50 and $100.
  • Monetary donations can always be accepted online, via Canada Post or by contacting our community development team directly.
  • Our Toy Shop and Essential Items Storage is almost at capacity. As a result, we are unable to accept physical donations without an appointment, and without  arrangements being made in advance of November 23. If you have already purchased an item and cannot attend one of the community drives listed above, please visit HERE for a list of community partners able to accept toys and physical items.
  • We can only accept physical items that are new, in original packaging, safe (check expiry dates), and unwrapped.
  • Last date we can accept  items for Hope For The Holidays (Sponsor A Family or Gift Card options) is Tuesday December 21, 2021. The Administration and Community Development Team will be off December 24 to January 3, 2022.

For more information or to schedule your gift to bring comfort and joy this holiday season to women and their families escaping violence and homelessness, please contact:

Anne Herbison-Ruddell, Community Development Manager
519-752-1005 x228 | aruddell@novavita.org

We are grateful for the kindness of our community partners and wish you all a safe and healthy holiday season!