As we quickly approach the holiday season, we reflect on a year that has been challenging in many aspects. The COVID-19 pandemic has heightened stress for families. At an unprecedented time, focused on such unrest, it is easy to focus on our differences.

At Hamilton CAS, we are committed to equitable outcomes for the children, youth, and families we serve. We serve families of diverse faiths and traditions. One of the things we share is gratitude and this is the basis of our Grateful Hearts program. This program reflects the diversity of our community, and has been made available to support all families, no matter how they celebrate.

Funds raised will be used to purchase gift cards. These gift cards are given to referred families, empowering them to make their own purchases based on their own needs. Possible purchases include: groceries, children’s gifts/toys, treats, games, and more.

Last year, with your help, 293 families were empowered to make their own purchases for the holidays! We hope to increase that number and help even more families this year.

The following items would be greatly appreciated:

  • Wal-Mart gift card
  • Monetary donation (if preferred)

How to donate:

  • Donate online with your credit card or PayPal (your tax receipt will be issued via CanadaHelps)
  • Mail your donation to:           
    Children’s Aid Society of Hamilton
    Attn: Grateful Hearts program
    26 Arrowsmith Rd.
    Hamilton, ON  L8E 4H8
  • Drop off your donation to our agency’s reception at 26 Arrowsmith Rd. anytime Monday to Friday between 8:30am to 4:30pm

Additional Information

  • Donations of $20 or more are eligible for a charitable tax receipt.
  • The Grateful Hearts program is only able to accept monetary donations which will be used to support families, or gift card donations. We are unable to accept donations of toys, games, and non-perishable food items.
  • If you have any questions or concerns, please contact: Jayme Noordermeer, Fund Development & Communications Coordinator

“The Grateful Hearts program helped out a lot. It helped us get groceries. During the holiday season, money is always tight, and this helped me and my family. Receiving gift cards made me feel better than someone else buying stuff for me. It allowed me to buy gifts for my own family.”

Family supported through Hamilton Children’s Aid Society’s Grateful Hearts program