That’s a wrap on Holiday Toy Room 2020!
Thank you to all of the volunteers, donors, funders and women who made Holiday Toy Room 2020 a success even with COVID-19 restrictions. We appreciate everything you do! Stay tuned for Toy Room 2021 updates as they are available.
**Please note: COVID Safety Measures
The Women’s Centre has implemented social distancing measures, and cleaning and sanitizing protocols per the recommendations of Alberta Health Services. We have also set up plexiglass barriers and directional markers. The Women’s Centre team will sanitize donations. We can also arrange to pick up items from your location.
NEW this year – Shop and Donate from a Social Distance: you can purchase toys or gifts online through our partners Castle Toys (details below), or BestBuy (details to follow), or your preferred online retailer, and select to ship them directly to the Women’s Centre 39 – 4th St. N.E Calgary, Alberta T2E 3R6.
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 1300 women and over 2800 children relied on our Toy Room as a holiday resource. We distributed over 4500 gifts through the Toy Room. This program is run with the support of individuals, businesses, and community organizations.
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.
Gift donations can be made to our Holiday Toy Room beginning November 1, 2020. 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 contact us ahead of time to arrange a time to drop gifts off. If you prefer to arrange a pick up (within Calgary city limits only) please call us. We can be reached by phone: 403-264-1155.
We also accept donations of gift bags, and holiday cards.
Shop and Donate from a Social Distance
The Women’s Centre has partnered with locally owned and operated Castle Toys to facilitate online gift donations for the Centre. Visit Castle Toys website for gift ideas.
Use promo-code DONATIONWOMENSCENTRE to receive 20% off your order and to have your purchased items donated directly to the Women’s Centre. Please make sure you choose pick-up in-store when using the promo code (the Women’s Centre will do weekly pick ups.)
Use promo-code WOMENSCENTRE2020 to receive 20% off your order while shopping at Castle Toys and select if you would like to pick up in store, or have the gift sent to you.
Both promo codes are valid until January 31, 2021. Restrictions apply.
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 8, but we accept Toy Drive donations between November 1 and December 17!
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 Volunteers
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!
Volunteer as an individual!
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.
Sponsor a Toy Room shift and Volunteer as a Group!
The Women’s Centre also is happy to share sponsorship and group volunteering opportunities with our community and corporate partners! For details on the time commitment and sponsorship amounts contact email@example.com or call 403-264-1155
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.
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.