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Help make a child's Christmas wish come true

The ARIDO GTA Chapter is working with the CP24 CHUM City Christmas Wish Foundation to help bring joy to under privilaged children this holiday season. The Chapter has organized a toy drop-box located at the ARIDO/IDC office (43 Hanna Avenue) for ARIDO members to donate new, unwrapped toys for the age group of newborns to 18 years.

ARIDO and IDC staff is so excited about this initiative that each staff will donate a gift to the Foundation. Special thanks to Mayhew who is delivering the box. The deadline to drop-off your gift is Friday, December 16 at 5 p.m. Get into the spirit - Donate today!

Gift Ideas:

Children in these age groups are sometimes difficult to shop for and often overlooked by donors. Please use these helpful tips to help give a kid a Christmas.

Infants & Babies

Make sure the toy is age appropriate by the manufacturer's age rating
0 - 6 months and 3 months+ are in highest demand:

  • No ‘button' eyes or noses - features must be soft and sewn on securely
  • Package should say ‘Infant Friendly' or ‘Baby's First', ‘Infantino', etc.
  • Developmental toys (Fisher Price, Baby Einstein, Playskool, Leap Frog Baby)
  • No small parts

Teens & Tweens

  • Gift cards (Zellers/HBC, Wal-Mart, HMV, Cineplex, Gap, Stitches, Chapters, Coles, Old Navy, Garage, Blue Notes, La Senza, etc.)
  • Electronic games, board games, books
  • Sports equipment (Soccer, Basketball, Football, Hockey, skateboards, scooters, etc.)
  • Roller blades, ice skates, snow boards
  • Bicycle helmets
  • Cosmetics (age appropriate: 16 - 18 years old)
  • Personal care & grooming gift packs
  • Hair products & accessories; curling irons, blow dryers, shavers, beard groomers, etc.
  • Jewellery - earrings, necklaces, bracelets
  • Diaries, journals
  • Creative and craft supplies
  • Purses, knapsacks/ backpacks
  • Cameras with film and processing paid
  • Movies, music, mp3 players, DVD players, clock radios.

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