How To Help

The Christmas Bureau can only help with the generous support of the community.  If you would like to help in some way, thank you!  You have many options to choose from.

I would like to volunteer


House of Friendship:

Volunteers play an important role in ensuring the success of this program. This year, we anticipate about 700 volunteers will be needed to ensure everyone has access to food this Christmas Season. To learn more about the volunteer positions we have available and to sign up, visit

Salvation Army:

The Salvation Army distributes toys to more than 6000 children and youth each year.  We cannot do this with out our volunteers and community partners.  There are opportunities in the toy warehouse and helping families shop for toys.  Please contact us at 519-745-4215 to volunteer this Christmas.


Salvation Army

It is with the dedication of our valued volunteers and community partners that we are able to provide the Children and Youth of Cambridge with the Christmas presents that they deserve.  If you would like to volunteer with our Christmas Toy Campaign, please call 519-465-8641 or email

Cambridge Self Help Food Bank

Not currently accepting volunteers. Check back again.


Many volunteers are needed to assist in set up. To become a volunteer call 519-669-5139 or drop by the Woolwich Community Services office.

**volunteer signup will open November 1st**


For volunteer opportunities, please contact our office at or call 519-662-2731.

I would like to donate toys, gift cards or food


Kitchener Salvation Army:

To help the Salvation Army share gifts with local families, toy donations can be dropped off at the Salvation Army Kitchener Community Church and Family Care Centre at 75 Tillsley Drive Kitchener, ON N2E 3T1.  Please call 519-745-3351 for business hours and to make arrangements.

All food donations should go to the Food Bank of Waterloo Region.


Cambridge Self Help Food Bank

To support the Cambridge Food Bank share the joy of Christmas this season, please drop off gift cards and Turkeys, Chickens or Hams to 54 Ainslie St South, Cambridge, Monday-Friday 9-4:40 at back door off Warnock. For gift cards, please purchase $25 and $50 denominations.

Cambridge Salvation Army

To support the Cambridge Salvation Army help local families with gifts of toys or gift cards you can do so by:
Dropping them off at The Salvation Army, 16 Shade Street, Cambridge ON or calling 519-465-8641 to make arrangements.

Monetary donations can also be dropped off at 16 Shade Street or can be mailed to:
P.O Box 27008, 115 Dundas McLaren RPO, Cambridge, ON, N1R 8H1

We thank you for your support.


It is possible to sponsor a family for Christmas. To shop for the particular family, you will receive the following information: number of family members, what their needs/wants are, clothing sizes, and ages. This can be a great way for anyone to get into the Christmas spirit! To do so please contact Woolwich Community Services or email

Donations of Foodland or FoodBasics gift cards, new clothing and new toys which fill the hampers can be dropped off at Woolwich Community Services, 5 Memorial Ave, in Elmira before December 9th. Christmas “Wish” Trees are located at Home Hardware Stores in Elmira, Linwood and St. Jacobs. Remove a “Wish” gift tag from the tree, purchase that item and return it to any of the above locations or our office. Cash donations can be made at our office. A donation receipt will be given for any monetary donations over $10 (receipts mailed out in February 2023).


If you would like to collect donation items as a group for hamper items, please view the list of suggested items on our website at or call our office at 519-662-2731.

I would like to donate money

Donations are accepted by any of the participating partners at the links below. Your support will help to ensure that everyone in Waterloo Region has access to food and gifts for their children this Christmas Season.

House of Friendship

Kitchener Salvation Army

Cambridge Self Help Food Bank

Cambridge Salvation Army

Woolwich Community Services

Wilmot Family Resource Centre

St Vincent de Paul Society