Christmas Tree of Hope & Operation Santa Claus

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 and Burlington as symbols of our efforts during the Christmas season.

2020 has been challenging, but it has also been a testament to the strength, love and compassion our community shares for one another. As the hurdles from the pandemic continue, 900 CHML needs your support. With your help, we can make Christmas miracles come true.  In the last 44 years, The Tree of Hope has donated $5.9 million to local children’s charities.  Proof, you can make a difference.  Donations now being accepted.


Text to Donate:
Simply text DONATE to 30333 to make a contribution (donation will appear on your cell phone bill)


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 through 


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

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 By Phone:
If you would like to donate by call, please call Lisete Culley at 905-521-2320

For more information please visit 


The Children’s Fund presents the return of the Operation Santa Claus Toy Truck.

Are you planning a toy drive at your office or workplace and don’t have place to donate them? Or are you simply looking at a way your family can help other less fortunate kids during the Christmas holiday?

You can drop off your donations to the Downtown Hamilton BIA office and we’ll donate them to local charities (address below)

Help us help bring a smile to the faces of children infant to early teen years, through the Operation Santa Claus Toy Truck

Charities we donate to include: Good Shepherd Centres, YMCA, Mission Services, Interval House, St. Matthews House, Neighbour to Neighbour, Big Brothers and Sisters and more.

Toy Truck cut off date is Friday December 11th.

**To protect the health and safety for all, we ask that all donations be placed in clear garbage bags.**

New/Unused Toys can be donated in person at:

Downtown Hamilton BIA
20 Hughson St South – Suite 104
Hours: 9am-4pm (Monday-Friday)
Call (905) 523-1646 if outside noted hours or if assistance is required

For more info, email Ekta:


From now until December 31st, 2020, JR Toy Company will donate $1.00 per gift wrapped item to the CHML Christmas Tree of Hope. For more information on JR Toy Company and how they are supporting our community, please visit



Join us online as we light up the downtown with the Christmas Tree of Hope and festive lighting in Gore Park at 6:30 pm. Cozy up with a hot beverage or meal from your favourite downtown restaurant and tune in for this year’s virtual event (there will be no in-person attendance permitted for the tree lighting). The Christmas Tree of Hope Lighting and Concert marks the start of the Christmas season throughout Hamilton.  Watch live at