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Holiday Gift Program


In 2011, the Holiday Gift Program of the CAS held its 27th annual gift drive and received over 6000 thousand gifts from over 90 organizations, schools, businesses and individuals in the community. On any given day, the CAS in Ottawa works with approximately 2000 families in need within the community. These are families that require support from the CAS, but whose children remain in the home, and for whom the financial stresses of the holidays are often too much to bare. The gifts received from the Holiday Gift Program are distributed to these families.

Over 50 volunteers spend numerous days and weeks picking up and preparing the toys, which are then given to the parents, who in turn, are able to provide holiday season gifts to their children.

The Canada Revenue Agency is just one organization that has participated in the program.  For the last 21 years, the employees of CRA have generously donated a total of over 10,000 gifts, each year creating a caravan of giving, with hundreds of vehicles waiting in line to drop off donations.

Thank you to all our community donors who participated in making our 2011 Holiday Gift Program a huge success!