Making sure no child goes without gifts the reason for St. Catharines’ Tree of Giving campaign


Published December 1, 2021 at 12:41 pm

There’s still two weeks for St. Catharines residents to show they care and bring new, unwrapped gifts for a deserving child to the city’s Tree of Giving campaign.

Running until December 13, the campaign, formerly called the Tree of Little Angels, is now in its 24th year being run by Community Care St. Catharines and Thorold.

The group says that monetary and gift card donations are also welcome, as Community Care will once again distribute gift cards to families this holiday season.

“The City has a proud tradition of giving back and supporting our community in different ways, and the Tree of Giving is an important one that reflects the giving spirit of this time of year,” said Andrea Connelly-Miele, community and events coordinator for the City of St. Catharines.

“Every year City staff and residents respond to the call in an impressive way, making a difference for kids in the community over the holidays. No child should have to go without a gift.”

Running until December 13, bins from Community Care will be set up at City facilities to accept the donation of gifts or gift cards. Donations should be geared for children up to 16 years old.

This year donation bins will be set up at City Hall; Port Weller Community Centre; Russell Avenue Community Centre; Seymour-Hannah Sports and Entertainment Centre; the St. Catharines Kiwanis Aquatics Centre, St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre, West St. Catharines Older Adult Centre, Dunlop Drive Older Adult Centre and Port Dalhousie Older Adult Centre.

Gift suggestions:

  • Infants to 2 years: cuddly toys, educational toys, talking books, large blocks
  • 3 to 5 years: toy cars, trucks, children’s flashlights, dolls, books, puzzles, educational toys, art and craft supplies, puzzles, models
  • 6 to 8 years: cars, trucks, action figures, dolls, art and craft supplies, books, games, puzzles, models, cameras, jewelry
  • 9 to 16: books, gift cards, sports supplies and equipment, models, games, cosmetics, jewelry, hair accessories

For more information on Community Care St. Catharines and Thorold, including other ways to donate and support their holiday campaigns, visit:


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