Today, the City of Toronto is celebrating Giving Tuesday by highlighting the impact of local giving and connecting residents with opportunities to give back. Occurring annually, Giving Tuesday is recognized globally as a day to emphasize the spirit of giving and inspire support for charitable causes.
For the 2022 fiscal year, the City received more than 7,500 donations from individuals and organizations with a total value of $1.15 million. These generous gifts provide ongoing support for various City priorities such as senior care, animal services and park care. Learn more about the Summary of the City’s Donation Activity for 2022 report (Item – 2023.EX10.13).
For residents looking to give back this holiday season, donations of funds, goods and services to City and community partner programs can be made through the City’s official giving hub on the DonateTO webpage.
The City extends its thanks to all the residents and businesses who have donated gifts, goods and services to make a difference in their communities.
Here are some of the ways Toronto residents can give back this year:
The City’s annual Holiday Wish List features City-funded community agencies that support individuals and families experiencing homelessness. Each agency has provided a list of needed items, which includes things such as donations of warm clothes, personal hygiene products and gift cards as well as calls for volunteer support.
The list features a map to help Toronto residents connect with agencies in their own neighbourhoods and can be found on the City’s Holiday Wish List webpage.
New, unwrapped toys and gift cards can be dropped off at any Toronto Fire Station for the annual toy drive. Toronto’s 84 fire stations also accept non-perishable food donations for the Daily Bread Food Bank year-round. A map of Fire Station locations is on the City’s Emergency Services website.
Give directly to community agencies, including Black-led organizations, that are serving refugee claimants. A map of organizations and their needs can be found on the City’s website.
Donations help Toronto Animals Services (TAS) provide urgent medical care, support for individuals needing assistance with spay/neuter services or wellness care for their pets and specialized behavioural training for shelter dogs looking for their second chance.
TAS also has a wish list of items that can be dropped off at any of its three animal shelters. More information is available on the City’s Donate to Animal Services webpage.
The City’s Long-Term Care homes welcome donations to purchase tablets for residents. Many residents enjoy connecting with loved ones, using interactive apps and games, watching videos and listening to music, and they need more devices to support the demand. Help make their holidays brighter; more information can be found on the DonateTO webpage.
“The holiday season is a time for generosity and caring for those who need our help. This Giving Tuesday, I would like to thank all the Torontonians who’ve given generously to local organizations; their support is extremely valued. DonateTO highlights the different ways our community can give back to those in need. If you haven’t yet donated and are able, I encourage you to do so.”
– Mayor Olivia Chow
Toronto is home to more than three million people whose diversity and experiences make this great city Canada’s leading economic engine and one of the world’s most diverse and livable cities. As the fourth largest city in North America, Toronto is a global leader in technology, finance, film, music, culture and innovation and climate action, and consistently places at the top of international rankings due to investments championed by its government, residents and businesses. For more information visit the City’s website or follow us on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook.