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The gift that gives back

Looking for online sales or taking a trip to the mall at this time of year can bring some satisfaction, but to really find the joy of the season, think of giving to those who can't give back. Here are some local charities who make it easy to help.

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Have you ever wondered why this time of the year gets the moniker ‘The Most Wonderful Time of the Year’? It could be because of any number of things; after all, this is also called “the season of excess”. And while there are many things that can bring smiles to our faces this season, perhaps the one that is most genuine and heartfelt is the spirit of giving that permeates activities, gatherings, and relationships. More than any other, this is the Season of Giving.

Giving to others brings joy to both parties. Corporate giving can also bring joy and good will to all – especially if employees are involved in the decision making or activities.

If you’re looking for some ways to give, consider these local charities that have special activities this time of year and choose the one that resonates with your organization.

Sponsor a Family at Good Shepherd Centres

Good Shepherd Centres helps hundreds of people every day. At this time of year you can ‘sponsor’ a youth, adult, senior or family, by either purchasing gifts and dropping them off, or donating the money to Good Shepherd, who will purchase the items on your behalf.

Sponsor now at

Plan a Group Build Day at Habitat for Humanity

Long considered a leader in affordable housing, Habitat for Humanity is looking for donations and volunteers to help on its Sherman Avenue Build. Volunteering as an organization means employees can do something ‘concrete’ to help.

Sign up now at

Help Seniors Find a Home at 412 Barton

St. Matthew’s House is constructing a 15 unit building, intended for seniors facing homelessness, with a special focus on Indigenous and Black older adults 55+, and designating 50% of the units for women.

Learn more about the problem and how to help at

Hold a Food or Clothing Drive for Eva Rothwell Centre

The Eva Rothwell Centre provides many services to children and families in Hamilton’s North End. In addition to their breakfast, before and after school programs, they have an emergency food pantry that supports over 200 families per month, as well as an emergency clothing room.

Learn about donating at Eva Rothwell Centre

Team up for Coldest Night of the Year to Help Neighbour to Neighbour Centre

The Coldest Night of the Year is an amazing national fundraiser for local charities that serve people experiencing hurt, hunger and homelessness. Located on Hamilton Mountain, Neighbour to Neighbour is one of three Hamilton charity recipients. In 2024 the event will take place on February 24, so you have lots of time to educate, choose a location and raise funds.

Learn more here

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