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Ways to Give

Frequently Asked Questions:

I only want to buy one item for a family. Do I have to support the entire family?

While Sponsor-A-Family requires matching a donor with a family, we understand the diversity in each donor’s ability to give. We are happy to accept Grocery Store or Super Store Gift Cards to distribute to families who did not receive a match. You can also make a financial contribution to The Patient Amenities Fund to support low-income families with a child being cared for by SickKids.  Patient and family needs arise throughout the year so your support through the Patient Amenities Fund is always appreciated.

Do my gift purchases qualify for a tax receipt?

All financial donations made to The Patients Amenities Fund are eligible for an official tax receipt from SickKids Foundation.  We accept donations by mail, online or in person and as cash, cheque or credit card.  Please make cheques out to SickKids Foundation – patient amenities fund.  Gift-in-Kind Donations (contributions of gift certificates, gifts and other goods) will not be eligible for a tax receipt.  

Can we deliver gifts to the families ourselves?

Due to confidentiality, safety and privacy policies, donors are not able to deliver gifts to the families. Our team will ensure the timely receipt of Holiday Hampers to the appropriate families. Our team will do our best to obtain family feedback to pass on to the donor, though we appreciate your understanding that this is not always feasible.

Where and when do we drop off gifts?

The Holiday Hampers can be dropped off at the SickKids Hospital Information Desk. This desk is located on the main floor of the Atrium and is easily accessed through the Elizabeth Street entrance, 170 Elizabeth Street. Information and guidelines for Holiday Hamper delivery will be provided following the match. i

f you would like to deliver the hamper via courier, the package can be shipped to our Receiving Department to:

“Attention: Sponsor-A-Family Hamper Program”
Shipping and Receiving Department
The Hospital for Sick Children
110 Elm Street
Toronto, ON  M5G 1X8

Before delivering the Holiday Hamper, please speak with the Donations Coordinator to schedule a drop off appointment and make arrangements.

Do we gift wrap the presents or Holiday Hamper?

For security and screening purposes, we are unfortunately not able to accept gift wrapped items. We are asking that each donor include new holiday-neutral gift wrap/bag in the Holiday Hamper as a great way to involve the parent/guardian(s) in the joy of gift giving and wrapping for their children.  Holiday-neutral gift wrap would include solid colours, stripes, and winter-themes.  Please avoid Santa or religious oriented wrapping as we would like to respect the diversity of all of our patients and families.

Can I donate used clothing or toys?

Due to infection prevention and control policies, we do not accept gifts of used clothing and toys. All donations must be brand new and recently purchased. We also do not accept handmade items such as crafts or knitted blankets, hats, mittens, etc.

Do all gifts go to the family according to their wish list or is there a possibility that something will go to another family, i.e., if a family didn’t get enough compared to another family, do you divide the gifts?    

All the gifts go to the family that you are matched with.  We do not divide any of the packages.  We do go through everything and if a family “didn’t get enough” we have a few donors who have given gift cards and are not matched to any family so we can always supplement the baskets if we need to from our general donations.  We will not remove anything from the package that the donors have made for the sponsor family, unless it is inappropriate (e.g. alcohol).

However, some donors are extremely generous! If you exceed your expected level of contribution, please contact the Donations Coordinator. It may be better to decide to sponsor more than one family, to make a contribution to the Patient Amenities Fund, or to supplement Hampers which arrive missing some items. We will not do this without your express consent!