Each year Bethesda House supports up to 100 women and their children, who are dealing with the repercussions of domestic abuse. Our goal is to help them be able to enjoy the season the way you and I will. We need your help to make the holiday party and hamper program a success.

You can you help by

a)      volunteering your time sorting, organizing donations and packing hampers

b)      making a personal donation of a new unwrapped toy or non-perishable food

c)       organizing a food or toy drive at your place of work or business on our behalf.

Donations appreciated would be:

  • unwrapped toys for girls and boys of all ages
  • unwrapped gifts or gift certificates for male & female youth up to age 17
  • non-perishable food items (especially holiday season items and treats!)
  • grocery store gift certificates to enable the families to purchase perishable items for their holiday meals


Donations receive after December 18th will go to the shelter for future use, i.e. birthdays for the children in shelter.


Second Chance Store, 25 King Street West

To make drop-off arrangements, or for more information, please contact 

Heila, 905-697-3700 ext. 301 or

Wendy & Jenny, 905-623-6045 ext 206

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Christmas Donations, Food & Toy Drive


A campaign to collect donations of;

    • cash
    • non-perishable food items
    • new toys and gifts for children, youth, and women
    • gift certificates to local stores

Each year Bethesda House prepares approximately 100 hampers of food and gifts which are distributed to current and past clients who are struggling financially. Laundry hampers are filled with non-perishable food items and age-appropriate gifts. Mothers can then wrap these gifts and give them to their children under the Christmas tree Christmas morning. Struggling families who do not celebrate Christmas for religious reasons are given hampers and gifts as well.

In addition, Bethesda House hosts a Holiday Party for the women and children. Entertainment and a delicious buffet dinner are provided and each child receives a gift from Santa. This party is attended by approximately 100 people.

The items collected during the Drive are used for the hampers. Cash donations are used to “fill in the gaps” in terms of items for the hampers and to cover the costs associated with the children’s party.


Second Chance Store at 25 King Street West for November and December.  Monday to Friday 10 am to 4 pm – Saturdays and Sundays 11 am to 3 pm.

The Church of Jesus Christ at 2425 Hwy #2 from December 4th to 18th, 2017 between 10 am to 2 pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursday, Fridays & Saturdays.  Wednesday December 13th you can drop off between 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm.  No drop offs on Sundays.


November & December, annually.


One of the primary barriers to moving on from domestic violence is the fear women have that they will not be able to financially provide for themselves and their children. This is a legitimate concern. The majority of women who leave an abusive relationship do indeed end up poorer than they were, at least for a period of adjustment during the first few years after having ended the relationship.

The Christmas holiday season when the rest of the community is celebrating with treats of food and gifts is particularly difficult for these women and their families. The children and youth see what others are doing and dream the same dreams. The mothers worry and stress that they will not be able to make any of these dreams come true. The single women choose not to treat themselves for financial reasons and are depressed by the abundance around them.

Bethesda House supports these women and families through a Holiday Hamper Program and a Holiday Party for the children. The recipients are current and past Bethesda House clients who are still struggling financially.


Contact Heila Pitter at (905) 697 – 3700, Ext 301 or