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.

2021 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 45 years, The Tree of Hope has donated over $6 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.  The choice is yours, Visa, Mastercard, American Express or Debit. No membership required to donate, it is optional.

Donate through PayPal 

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

Locations include:

  • Hamilton – 280 Barton Street W & 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 Olivia Mackay at 905-521-2310

  • Charred on 244 James Street N will donate $2.00 from their whole chicken meal sale every Tuesday during the month of December.
  • BBQ Bandits on 102 Parkdale Ave N will donate $1.00 from every Y108 Piggy Burger to the Children’s Fund.

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 a 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.

Help us help bring a smile to the faces of children from infants 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 Sunday December 19th. 

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 Olivia: 

Most needed items for Operation Santa Claus Toy Truck

We’re going full on Griswold this year, and we’re going to find the biggest Christmas Tree we can!  A Charlie Brown tree just won’t cut if for the 45th Annual Christmas Tree of Hope Lighting!

Join us at Gore Park on December 3rd starting at 4pm for live entertainment, and more!  COVID safety protocols in place. Or you can watch live at

The Christmas Tree of Hope Lighting and Concert marks the start of the Christmas season throughout Hamilton. Light up a child’s life while we light up the city at the 45th Annual Christmas Tree of Hope Lighting.

Get into the holiday spirit! Join 900 CHML as we take The Christmas Tree of Hope on the road! Join us at CF Lime Ridge on Saturday December 4th from 10 am – 4pm. Learn where your donations go! And enter to win some great prizes! You can find us on the second level, centre mall, near the elevators.

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On Wednesday December 15th, fill up your gas tank, so we can help children, in our community!  Pioneer’s 3 cent a litre day returns, in support of the CHML Children’s Fund.  With your support, over the last 31 years, Pioneer has donated over $500,000 to the Children’s Fund. So please fill up your gas tank, because for every litre you pump, Pioneer will give us 3-cents!

Click here for full list of participating locations.

Proudly fueling the CHML Children’s Fund and our 45th annual Christmas Tree of Hope.