Seasonal fundraising ideas

shelter-en_featureIdeas for Thanksgiving, Halloween and Christmas

Below are a few creative ways to raise funds in support of your local shelter during key holidays. Big or small, each fundraising event or initiative you organize is a wonderful way to enjoy seasonal events with colleagues while helping make these times of year bright (and more affordable) for your local shelter. Be sure to send all your fundraising proceeds to the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation so we can include you in our national totals raised and publicly acknowledge your support! As always, 100% of your donations will be directed to your shelter partner.   

We strongly encourage you to ask your shelter in advance for their holiday donation policies, deadlines and a list of items they need most or cannot accept. If you need the contact information for your local shelter or want to discuss your ideas, contact us at 416-368-6099 or


  • Purchase Shelter Blooms to gift to your family, friends, clients (or local shelter!)
  • Collect non-perishable food and personal care items for your local shelter.
  • Donate a bushel of apples for lunch boxes and healthy snacks.
  • Host a bake sale in your office and donate the proceeds to your shelter.
  • Offer to teach a pie-baking lesson to your friends and clients in exchange for a donation.
  • Send your local shelter staff a thanksgiving centrepiece with a donation to tell them you’re thankful for the tireless work they do keeping women and children safe.


  • Help your local shelter purchase costumes for the children.
  • Sponsor the purchase of pumpkins for each child at your local shelter to carve.
  • Throw a party with tricks, treats and costumes and ask your guests for a donation.
  • Host a community-wide pumpkin giveaway and ask for donations in return.

Christmas and Hanukkah

  • Take donations to put up neighbours’ and colleagues’ holiday lights.
  • Purchase gingerbread house kits (and extra candy!) to donate to your shelter so each child can create a masterpiece of their own.
  • Hold a gingerbread house making competition in your office or community and raise funds by charging per entry.
  • Organize a collection of gifts for the women, children and teenagers staying in your local shelter during the holidays.
  • Donate Gift Cards for local stores so moms can shop personally for their kids.
  • Purchase warm and fuzzy pyjamas or inquire if any of the children or women staying in your shelter need new winter apparel.
  • Donate a holiday meal for the residents of your local shelter. If the “big” days are already covered, consider doing a Boxing Day pizza lunch or New Year’s Eve feast.
  • Provide a donation to cover the cost of a fun outing while children are on break from school, such as a movie day or trip to a local attraction.
  • Incorporate a 50/50 (or 80/20/20) draw or silent auction at your company holiday party.

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