Toy Room

 What does December look like at the Women’s Centre?

IMG_0087Every year, the Women’s Centre hosts a Toy Room Program for two weeks before Christmas. Women are welcome to come in a choose a toy for their children and themselves with the help of volunteers.

Last year, over 4,000 women and children accessed the Toy Room program.  Comparing 2015 to 2014, we saw a 33% increase! We expect that growth to continue in the upcoming year and we need your help to meet the need.

The Toy Room is a great example of many of our promising practices.

Trust: This program is open to all women, with or without children. There are no criteria or intake forms and the program is available on a walk in basis without an appointment.
Reciprocity: Women have the opportunity to give back during the holidays by volunteering in a number of ways. This supports a sense of shared ownership of space.
Choice: Many low-income women lose the ability to choose what they wear, where they live, and even what they eat when they access certain services. By setting up display tables, women get to choose gifts for themselves and their family.

There are so many ways that you can get involved!

Organize a Toy Drive

Team up with friends, family members or coworkers to host a toy drive and support the thousands of women and children who visit the IMG_0045Centre every December. Check out these tips and suggestions for hosting a drive, areas of need and dropping off donations.

Gift ideas for children

Gift ideas for women

Adopt a Day in the Toy Room

For the very first time, the Women’s Centre is happy to share sponsorship and group volunteering opportunities with our community and corporate partners! The holiday program is entirely supported by community donations and amazing volunteers. It’s a great opportunity to grow as a team, and connect directly with women in your community. The Toy Room will be open from December 7 – 21 on weekdays.

Find out more about adopting a day.

Contact Karen at 403-264-1155 or karen@womenscentrecalgary.org with any questions.

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Want to volunteer in the toy room? Shifts fill up quickly! Contact Filsan at 403-264-1155 or filsan@womenscentrecalgary.org to sign up!

 Thank you so much for your support!