Adopt a Youth Or Host a Food Drive
Ways to Donate
COVID-19 has not only increased our need for support, but also limited the way we can accept donations this year. Please read through this page for ways you can donate for the 2020 Holiday Season.
Adopt a Youth
Fulfill a youth’s holiday wish list by way of prepaid gift cards.Match With a Youth
Holiday Food Drive
Host a food drive at your work or school and drop off your donation.Schedule a Drop Off
Adopt a Youth
360°kids has over 50 youth living with us in our housing programs at any given time. You or your organization can “adopt” one or more of the youth in our Connections, STAY, Transitions and HOPE Programs by sponsoring their holidays. Due to COVID-19, this means fulfilling their holiday wish list by way of prepaid Amazon or Walmart gift cards.
We ask that you fill out our adopt a youth form and one of our 360°kids team members will contact you with further details on how to mail or drop off your gift cards to our 360°kids head office.
Many of our youth will be estranged from their families over the holiday season, which makes the holidays a very lonely time for them. Your gift will let them know they matter.
Adopt a Youth Today
Holiday Food Drive
As a way to adhere to our COVID-19 donation guidelines and to help keep youth, staff and our community members safe we have created a scheduled drop off system. You or your organization can select a date to drop -off at our Richmond Hill Hub from our calendar, connect with our 360°kids staff to coordinate the quantity and size of the donation and then you can drop off your items on your assigned date.
We know this is not the usual way we like to interact with our supporters, and when the time comes, we will safely open our doors to you again. In the meantime, we will make sure your contribution goes a long way in supporting youth in crisis. It is because of you that we can ensure all of the youth accessing our programs this holiday season are getting the support they need.
Donations We’re Accepting
If you are interested in facilitating a food drive, please see our Program Wish List for items that our various programs have outlined as a current need.
If you notice that an item you would like to donate is not on our Program Wish List, it could mean that we are unable to accept it at this time. We also unfortunately have to restrict the quantity of items we are accepting with each donation.
Schedule Your Drop-Off
Due to social distancing rules, we are only allowing scheduled drop-offs.
- Choose a date for your drop-off in the calendar.
- For the safety of yourself and others, please ensure that you are dropping off all food drive donations at your scheduled drop off date and location.
- Please ensure you arrive wearing a face mask or face covering.
- We also kindly ask that you collect items outlined on our Program Wish List and respect the quantity and size restrictions for donated food items.
- If the date you would like is unavailable or you would like to drop off items to another 360°kids location, please email [email protected]
Q. Are you accepting donated items?
A: Yes, we are able to accept brand new with tags, unused items however we ask that those interested in donating at this time review our current Program Wish List.
Q. When and how can we drop off our donation?
A: At this time 360°kids can only accommodate donations from one group or person per week, per location (we currently have 3 drop off locations in York Region).
We will accept donations every Friday between the hours of 12PM -4PM. Information on scheduling a drop off will be provided after speaking to our 360°staff.
Q. What COVID-19 safety measures is 360°kids taking with donation drop offs?
A: In order to create a safe environment for youth, staff and community members during this time, all parties involved in donation drop offs must wear a mask at the time of drop offs.
Once our staff receive your donation, we are required to isolate all items for a minimum of 3 days before staff are allowed to touch them. Once the 3 days has elapsed, staff will allocate items to youth or the appropriate storage location.
Q. What happens if the scheduled date I would like is already requested?
A: Unfortunately due to the COVID-19 measures our organization is adhering to, we are unable to allow multiple drop offs a day at the same location. If you find that the date you would like to select is already taken, we ask that you select another date on our drop off calendar or another drop off location if they have availability.
Q. Do you offer transportation for large item donations?
A: When it comes to large donations– Please note that we do not have in-house transportation available at this time. We would greatly appreciate it if donors are able to provide transportation to their designated drop off location.
Q. Will I get a tax receipt for my donated items?
A: We will gladly provide a charitable tax receipt for donations of new items with a receipt of purchase. Unfortunately we are unable to accept donations of used items and are also unable to issue a tax receipt without a purchase receipt.