Support our Holiday Toy Room

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 3,800 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.

There are so many ways that you can get involved!

Donate Gifts


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.

We accept new, unwrapped gift donations for women and children.

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.

Donate Online

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.

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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 are grateful to the many organizations who host Toy Drives for our Toy Room!

We encourage Toy Drive organizers to donate gifts before our toy room opens on December 10, but we accept Toy Drive donations between November 1, and December 20!

Toy Drive donations can be made by dropping gifts off at the Women’s Centre, or arranging 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 or call 403-264-1155.

Gift Wish List


Gift ideas for kids!

0-2 years
Stacking/Sorting games
Learn to crawl/walk set
Plush dolls/animals
Ride on toys

3-7 years   Tricycles/ride on toys Dolls/action figures Science/activity kits Cars, trains, planes Colouring books Sidewalk chalk    Playdoh                    Sports

8-11 years
Marvel, Transformers, Star Wars figurines
Puzzles/board games
Remote control toys
Drawing Kits
Science Kits
Magic Kits                  Sport toys                    Craft kits                          Lego
12-18 years
Model cars, planes, trains
Electronic group games (Heads up, Taboo)
Action figurines
Board Games
Funko Pop!
Gift cards

Gift ideas for women!

Small kitchen appliances/accessories
Bath accessories (towels, loofahs)
Perfume body wash, lotion
Adult colouring books
Tea or coffee packs


These are the items in highest demand. For a poster version, click here for the kids’ list and here for the women’s list.

Volunteer to Book Toy Room Appointments


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!

Toy Room admin volunteers help us book appointments efficiently!

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.

To apply for this position email your name and phone number to, with the email subject line ” Toy Room Administrative Volunteer” or call 403-264-1155.