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Holiday Hope

Help put hope back into the Holiday Season!

Each year through the Holiday Hope program, DCAF provides gift hampers to over a thousand children and youth across Durham Region.  Each hamper includes appropriate toys, an item of new clothing, personal hygiene items, books and a grocery gift card.  Hampers are distributed to over 500 families across Durham region.   As a result, Holiday Hope ensures that children and youth have a reason to celebrate the season. Celebrations are very common during this time of year. Help to ensure that No Child Shall Be Left Behind.

Corvettes for Kids

General Motors Canada is supporting the legacy of Sharon Clark, through their donation of two Corvettes in support of Sharon’s Kids and Holiday Hope. In 2020, Corvettes for Kids raised over $400,000 in support of Sharon’s Kid and to ensure that No Child Is Left Behind.

Read more about Sharon Clark and her legacy of support of Sharon’s Kids.

Holiday Hope Sharon's Kids

How can you help?

You are invited to sponsor a gift hamper for a child or youth in need.  DCAF provides a wish list to help put the gift hamper together.  You can participate on your own or with your family. Consider sponsoring a few families as a staff event in lieu of a gift exchange! Thanks to businesses that support Holiday Hope.

If you are unable to put a hamper together yourself, please consider a donation:

Holiday Hope Bear

For example, $400 would provide a hamper for a family with two children.

As a general guideline, DCAF suggests that $100-150 be contributed per child or youth. A $100 grocery gift card is also recommended. The gift card will help the family purchase food for a festive holiday meal.  All eligible contributions are eligible for a charitable tax receipt.

During the busy holiday season, know that by supporting the Holiday Hope program, you are demonstrating the true meaning of the holidays.  For additional information or to be matched with a family or youth living on their own, please contact: Leslie McLean, Manager – Signature Programs at

Thank you for Giving Hope to children and youth living in vulnerable situations. Together with your support, we are ensuring that No Child Shall Be Left Behind during the Holiday Season.  Holiday Hope is available throughout the year to support other gift giving holidays as well. Contact Leslie McLean at for details.

Special thanks to supporters of Holiday Hope.

Whitby Mayor's Fund Logo
Ajax Mayor's Gala
GM Canada logo
Holiday Hope Supporter CGI logo
and many others as well…

Durham Children's Aid Foundation is committed to bringing people and financial resources together to improve the quality of life for children and youth, and to help them reach their full potential.

Support Our Children

By supporting the Durham Children’s Aid Foundation (DCAF) you can help turn hope into reality, challenge into triumph and adversity into opportunity for over 2500 children, youth and their families.

There are many ways you can help to make a profound impact and change the life of a child. Your gift will help to ensure that No Child Shall Be Left Behind.

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We Want to Thank Our Supporters

Durham Children’s Aid Foundations is pleased to acknowledge the commitment and ongoing support of our Innovators, Champions, Partners, Mentors and Donors who help to ensure that No Child Shall Be Left Behind.