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The annual Children’s Fund Christmas Tree Of Hope was founded in 1976 to bring hope to kids and families struggling through the holiday season.

The campaign now serves as the primary fundraising mechanism for the Children’s Fund. Official “Christmas Tree Of Hope” trees are lit in Gore Park Hamilton, Aldershot and Burlington as symbols of our efforts during the Christmas season.

Other activities include our:

  • Annual Christmas Concert at Gore Park in Hamilton
  • “Blitz Day Radiothon” on AM900 CHML, Y108, and 953 Fresh Radio
  • “Operation Santa Claus Toy Truck” toy drive

Official Tree Lighting – December 1st, 2017 @ Gore Park

We’ve finally untangled all those lights, and we’re ready to light up Hamilton with hope and happiness!

The 41st Anniversary of the Christmas Tree of Hope Lighting returns to GORE PARK as we flip the switch and light up the park.

Bring your friends and family for an evening of Christmas cheer, and live music from Rose Garland.

The Christmas Tree of Hope Lighting, is in partnership with the City of Hamilton and the Downtown BIA.

Event starts at 5:00pm with the Tree Lighting at 6:00pm.

In addition to the lighting of the tree at 6 pm, the event will feature live music, tasty treats, mascots,and visits with Santa.

12 Hours of Christmas

Join the CHML team as they broadcast live from Gore Park from 3-7pm on December 1st. Our brother station, Y108, will also be broadcasting LIVE from 6am-6pm in anticipation of the Christmas Tree of Hope tree lighting which takes place at 6pm. Come and say hello!

We’re accepting donations and toys for the Children’s fund all 12 hours at City Hall or donate online. The 12 Hours of Christmas is sponsored by the Leggat Auto Group.


For 50 years, Jimmy and Susan Lomax made Christmas a reality for thousands of Hamilton and Burlington residents in need.

In 2010, the Children’s Fund took over stewardship and will continue the tradition of “Operation Santa Claus” in Hamilton/Burlington and is one of Canada’s largest Toy Drives.

Learn about Operation Santa Claus

See Your Donation In Action!

We support local organizations in your community:

Since 1976 over $5 MILLION has been
distributed to local organizations in
the Hamilton/Burlington area.

Click here to see where your donation funds are allocated.

Ways you can help donate:

At the Bank

Donate to The Children’s Fund at any Hamilton area Tandia.

Account #6233092-117.

Locations include:

  • Hamilton – 75 James St South & 990 Upper Wentworth St.
  • Ancaster – 21 Stone Church Road
  • Stoney Creek – 975 Queenston Road
  • Burlington – 3455 Fairview Street
  • Brantford – 25-27 King George St

Donate Online

Donate to The Children’s Fund online via PayPal. The choice is yours, Visa, Mastercard, American Express or Debit.
No membership required to donate, it is optional.
Donate via PayPal

In Person

Donate to The Children’s Fund in person at the CHML/Y108/953 Fresh Radio Studios (875 Main Street West; Hamilton), or wherever you see us on location.

We accept Cash, Debit, Visa, Mastercard or American Express

New, Unwrapped Toys

Drop off at the CHML/Y108/953 Fresh Radio Studios (875 Main Street West; Hamilton), any Hamilton Fire Station, McDonald’s or call us and we’ll pick them up from your office!
To arrange a toy pickup from your office, call 905-521-9900 x42217

Learn about Toy Donations through Operation Santa Claus

3 cent a Litre Day

Donate to the CHML/Y108/953 Fresh Radio Children’s Fund at participating Pioneer Energy locations on December 20th  and 3 cents a litre will be donated to The Children’s Fund.

Thank you to our corporate sponsors

Contact Us

Jeff Storey, President: 905-521-2325
Justin Glover: 905-521-2310

Charity Number: Registered Charity #11922 2578 RR0001

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