Christmas Gift Giving Opportunities

This Christmas there are wonderful holiday gift giving opportunities… for children through Generations Foundation…For families and individuals through the  The Rotary Club of Westmount annual gift baskets… and a unique opportunity to give unwrapped gifts to Hope and Cope for palliative care patients to gift to their families.

Which ever you choose to participate in… this is THE reason for the season.


Generations Foundation 2017 Holiday Heart Food and Toy Drive

The Generations Foundation 2017 Holiday Heart Food and Toy Drive campaign kicked off at Global Television  November 15 and continues throughout the holiday season.

“Our goal is to supply a new toy to thousands of Montreal-area children who may not otherwise receive a gift,” said Adrian Bercovici co-founder with his wife Natalie  and director of Generations Foundation.


For over 10  years, sponsors including Mattel and MEGA Brands and this year Coca Cola,  have partnered  with the Generations Foundation to turn that goal into a reality. But as wonderful as that commitment is, there are so many needy children they still need the community’s generosity.

Generations has installed drop off boxes throughout the city where you can donate an unwrapped new toy for a child and other needs including  nonperishable, non-expired food, and clothing.

Donors can drop off at: Generations Foundation, 4210 Notre Dame St. West (corner St-Ferdinand, St. Henri.  Call ahead to set a time and date 514.933-8585.)


HSBC Branches located at:  2001 McGill College, Ste. 160

HSBC Pepsi Forum, 2313 St.Catherine St.W. Suite 121

Global News  in the lobby, 1010 St. Catherine St. West by the escalators near Security.


Each year Generations chooses one school to host a spectacular Christmas party where Santa Claus hands out individually wrapped with the child’s name. In addition, the charity that daily delivers hot lunches and snacks to 8500 children in 110 schools and learning centres on the island of Montreal at no charge to the child, will give out 5000 toys to needy children.


In addition financial donations can be made by emailing or calling 514.933-8585.



Hope and Cope Palliative Care Gifting Program with a Twist… you will love this.

As a five time cancer overcomer myself I know only too well the frustration and disappointment of not being well enough to get out to shop for  a gift for a family member on their birthday, or worse yet over the holidays. Hope and Cope Palliative Care at the Jewish General Hospital  understands that dilemma and has found a viable solution. Again this year Hope and Cope is receiving unwrapped gifts not for the patients, but for the patients to be able to give… perhaps for the last time… a gift to a daughter, a grandson, an adult child. a mother, a father, a best friend…

Michael Michael Djabavri, a volunteer with Hope & Cope’s Palliative Care Team.

Throughout December the Hope & Cope Palliative Care Team with the help of volunteers load up a trolley … sort of like Santa’s  sled… filled  with unwrapped gift items. The 30  patients will  select up to three gifts for loved ones at no charge to the them.

This year three Lower Canada College students will be on hand to wrap those gifts and return them to the patients so they will have them in their rooms to give to visiting family members.


The community can participate in this heartwarming endeavour that for many of the patients will be their last Christmas of Hanukkah they will spend with their families and friends. “It means so much to them not to receive, but to give.” says Rifka Hanfling, Palliative Care Coordinator. 

Around 200 gifts are needed to make this holiday project work. Unwrapped new gifts and re-gifts in good condition as well as dollar store gift bags and tissue paper can be dropped off at Hope & Cope – Main Office, Room E-730.1, 3755 Côte Ste. Catherine Road. For more information 514. 340.8255 .

The LCC students participated in the gift collection and wrapping as part of their community service requirement.


The Rotary Club of Westmount Christmas Gift Baskets

Once again this holiday season The Rotary Club of Westmount is making preparations to fill and deliver 45 to 50  Christmas and Hanuka gift baskets to needy families and singles in communities across the city.

The project, coordinated by past presidents Nadia Chidean and Andy Durso since its inception in 1995. brings in addition to ingredients for a much needed holiday meal, joy and a feeling of being loved… and sometimes a hug.

Rotary receives referrals from the CLSC to avoid duplication and then fills baskets that meet the specific needs of each family or individual.

This year the organizers have seen a need in increase in services so for the first time are also including new winter clothing. Donations of clothing for men, women and children from mittens to hats to parkas to boots and more, can be left at the Rotary office located in the lower level of the Manoir Westmount, 4646 Sherbrooke Street West. 514.935.3344

Rotarians and other volunteers will pack the baskets that include a personalized gift card on December 17 to be delivered on December 18.

Rotarians to Receive Salvation Army Christmas Kettle Donations


Members and friends of The Rotary Club of Westmount will receive donations for the Salvation Army Christmas Kettle Campaign at the Metro Westmount,4840 Sherbrooke St West on Friday December 8. Shoppers are invited to toss in spare change… bills are nice too.

The Salvation Army launched its 2017 annual Christmas campaign on November 1 in Toronto. The  annual holiday campaign that has been collecting donations in its iconic kettles for 127 years, helps assist millions of the one n 10 Canadians living in poverty.

Through the Kettle Campaign local Salvation Army units in 400 communities across Canada  help individuals and families with the basic necessities of life, such as food, clothing and shelter while also  operating life-changing programs, such as substance abuse recovery, housing supports, job and skills training, and budgeting and education classes all of which give people the skills and the tools people find a way out of poverty, permanently.

Every donation to a Christmas kettle remains in the community in which it was given, in order to help local people in need. Last year, The Salvation Army Canada helped over 1.9 million people.

This year a Salvation Army Kettle App  enables donors to give to The Salvation Army through their mobile devices. The App allows donors to select a Christmas kettle in their community by scanning a QR code or by using an interactive map. Developed with the Royal Bank of Canada, the Salvation Army Kettle App can be downloaded from the Apple App Store or Google Play.

Supporters can also host their own online kettle and encourage their friends, family, neighbours and co-workers to donate to The Salvation Army. These online kettles can be created at

Donors can also support the 2017 Christmas Campaign by texting HOPE to 45678 from most mobile carriers in Canada. A $5 donation will be added to your monthly mobile bill.

About The Salvation Army:

The Salvation Army is an international Christian organization that began its work in Canada in 1882 and has grown to become one of the largest direct providers of social services in the country.

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