All funds raised support Mental Health and Wellness programs for children and youth.
It is estimated that over $2 Billion in foreign currency is currently stored or saved in Canadian homes and businesses. This currency has no use or real value in Canada. As a result, foreign currency (notes and coins), pennies, and Canadian Tire money are found in bags, boxes, envelopes, tea cups, jars and desk drawers. Did you know? Currency from travels and vacations can be donated to Currency for Kids (CFK).
Donations of currency are repatriated from countries all around the world. After being converted to Canadian currency, your donation is then used to support programs for children and youth living in vulnerable situations. In Durham Region, there is over $35 Million in foreign currency available for collection. Just imagine for a moment, what DCAF could do with this level of funding? Issues regarding mental health, youth homelessness and children and youth living in poverty could be eradicated. Similarly, how Rotary International have helped to cure the spread of Polio on an international level. As a result, everyone would be working together to support children and youth in the community.
How to Support Currency for Kids
Firstly, Currency for Kids (CFK) program is easy to support as an individual, business or with a group of volunteers. Secondly, look in your own home or business and collect the foreign currency. Thirdly, help grow the program by engaging a service club, church group, school or through an employee drive. Finally, ask your local currency exchange, travel agency or hotel. Invite friends who travel or businesses that work internationally to support. Currency for Kids also recycles by collecting and reducing waste. Unfortunately, leftover currency often ends up in local landfills as well. Most importantly, you would be supporting mental health supports for children and youth.
In addition, CFK helps to remove foreign currency from the Canadian currency supply. By removing foreign coins there is less confusion when determining if a coin is Canadian. Many coins from other countries do have a similar look as Canadian coins. These coins have no monetary value in Canada. The donated coins and notes are put to an incredible use of supporting the community. Help to keep foreign currency out of our landfills, this recycling activity also helps to keep our environment safer.
How to Donate to Currency for Kids
Mail your donations to DCAF office at 1320 Airport Blvd, OSHAWA, ON L1J 0C6. No worries about using the postal system. The currency has no value at this time, the value is only realized after it is repatriated. For larger quantities, contact our office at 905.433.1551, Ext. 2379 and to make arrangements for pick-up of your donation. Charitable Tax Receipts are available upon request, when the repatriated value exceeds $50.00 CDN.
DCAF also accepts eTransfers for donations as well. Send your donation to email@example.com .
Supporting Locations in Durham – Great places to drop-off your donations!
Visit Cedar Valley Resort (Orono), Kingsway Hardware (Courtice), Continental Currency Exchange – Oshawa Centre, Continental Currency Exchange – Pickering Town Centre, Continental Currency Exchange – Scarborough Town Centre, Continental Currency Exchange – Yorkdale Shopping Centre, Durham Travel (Courtice), Progress Travel Plus (Ajax), Lakeshore Tours and Travel/Kemp Travel (Bowmanville) Wellington Foreign Exchange (Kingston) and Campkins RV Centre (Whitby) to make your donation of foreign or domestic currency.
Many Durham Region Dry Cleaners now collect currency. See map below for a location near you.
DCAF welcomes My Canadian Home, a Professional Home Organizing service specializing in residential homes, and Organizing Lives, offering organizational solutions to honour, reclaim, revitalize, and maintain your space…and your peace of mind, as supporters of Currency for Kids.
Durham Region School Campaigns – Currency for Kids
Special thanks to Staff and Students at the following schools for sponsoring a campaign to collect foreign currency. #allcurrencyaccepted
Donate something that has little to no value to Currency for Kids. Help make a difference and ensure that No Child, Youth or Family Shall Be Left Behind. Keep in mind, you can’t spend foreign currency in Canada.
For more information contact:
Dennis Ullman, Executive Director, Durham Children’s Aid Foundation or 905.433.1551 – Ext 2379
DCAF Now Accepts Crypto Currency
Donations of Crypto Currency are now being accepted by the Durham Children’s Aid Foundation. Donations must have a minimum value of $100 and only Bitcoin and Ethereum are accepted at this time.
Scan To Donate
Scan to Donate now and make a difference in the lives of 4200+ children and youth. This new and innovative program is a fantastic way to show your support of DCAF. Using the camera on your phone, hover over the code and you can begin the easy and efficient method of making a donation. As a result, your donation will be immediately put to great use supporting children and youth in the community.
I tried the QR code and made my donation. It was so easy!Teresa
Please note: Some phone operating systems do not support QR Code technology, follow this link to complete your secure donation.
You can also assist by helping to promote Scan to Donate program. Contact our office to discuss options such as: adding the code to posters, flyers, merchandise labels or newsletters. The possibilities for this contact-less technology are endless. Great way to support DCAF in a passive and caring manner. Donors make the choice on their phones regarding the amount they wish to donate. No cost to supporters for making their donation through Scan to Donate.
Get Your Own Scan to Donate Background
You can also support Scan To Donate by obtaining your very own customized background. Use for your video calls, TEAMS, Zoom, Webinars, etc. and help support DCAF. See the sample below. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.