The holidays can be a difficult time for many, and thousands of women in Calgary struggle to afford holiday gifts for their children. The Women’s Centre Holiday Toy Room helps women and families by operating a gift program, where women are able to choose a holiday gift for their children, as well as a gift for themselves.
Last year, over 4,200 women and children relied on our Toy Room as a holiday resource. This program is run with the support of individuals, businesses, and community organizations.
Gift donations can be made to our Holiday Toy Room beginning November 1, 2019. We accept new, unwrapped gift donations for children ages 0 – 17. We also accept new, unwrapped gift donations for women to use as a part of our Women’s Gifts program. For both children’s gifts and women’s gifts, we recommend selecting gifts in the $25 – $35 price range.
Donations can be dropped off at the Women’s Centre (39 – 4 Street NE) during our hours of operation. If you are planning to make a large donation, please call us ahead of time to arrange a time to drop gifts off.
We also accept donations of materials for our Holiday Toy Room, including wrapping paper, gift bags, and holiday cards.
If you would like to support our Holiday Toy Room online, you can donate funds to the program by clicking here. When you fill out the online form, you can specify that you would like your donation to be used for our Holiday Toy Program.
Your donation is tax-deductible, the Women’s Centre will issue charitable tax receipts for donations over $20.
Organize a Toy Drive!
Are you a business, organization, family, or group of friends looking to make a difference over the holidays? Consider organizing a toy drive for our Holiday Toy Room! This is a great way to connect with friends and coworkers while supporting women and children in your community.
We encourage Toy Drive organizers to donate gifts before our Toy Room opens on December 9, but we accept Toy Drive donations between November 1, and December 20!
Toy Drive donations can be dropped off at the Women’s Centre, or arrange to have them picked up at your organization! We will be sure to thank your organization for your amazing work online and in our Annual Report.
For more information on organizing a toy drive, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 403-264-1155.
Toy Room Volunteer Team
Do you have a knack for organizing and an interest in supporting women in your community? Join our Toy Room administrative volunteer team to help us keep our Holiday Toy Room running smoothly!
Job duties include answering phones, booking toy room appointments for women, and connecting with women to provide them with information about holiday resources and support. Hours for this position are flexible, this role is open to anyone who identifies as a woman.
The Women’s Centre also 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.
Holiday Toy Room is now closed. Check back soon for 2020 volunteer opportunities.
Thank you so much for your support!
Throughout the year, our Birthday Program also provides gifts for women to give their child(ren) on for their birthday(s). With their child’s I.D., mothers or primary caregivers can come in two weeks before or after their child’s birthday to choose a gift.
Donations of new toys can be made throughout the year for this program and suggestions of items are the same as our Holiday Toy Room list.
We accept new, unwrapped gift donations for children ages 0 – 17. We recommend selecting gifts in the $25 – $35 price range.
Donations can be dropped off at the Women’s Centre (39 – 4 Street NE) during our hours of operation.