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To make giving and receiving this holiday season a bit easier, SouthWesthealthline.ca and Information London have compiled listings of food, gift and toy drives located throughout London, Middlesex and Elgin.


Many community organizations, places of worship and local businesses are actively organizing their holiday gift and toy drives. Find donation drop-off locations here. Gifts, toys, clothing and monetary donations are appreciated - be sure to check for donation bins at your local mall, grocer and major retail stores. 

Organizations are often in need of volunteers, especially during this time of year. If you would like donate your time, please inquire about volunteer opportunities using the contact information provided in these listings.

Another way to give this holiday season is through the donation of food items such as: infant formula, canned fruits and vegetables, rice, pasta and sauce, peanut butter and jelly, soup/crackers, and tuna. You can drop food item donations or monetary gifts off to the organizations listed here as well as other locations on their behalf . Be sure to check for donation bins at your local mall, grocer and major retail stores. 

Organizations are often in need of volunteers, especially during this time of year. If you would like donate your time, please inquire about volunteer opportunities using the contact information provided in these listings.

Get Help: Food Banks

If you are on a low income, and need assistance with basic food, baby and personal items during the holiday season, you can contact an organization or drop in. Eligibility for assistance will be determined by the individual organization. 

Some may ask for identification, income information or your address. If leaving a message, please be sure to provide your name and return phone number.


If you are on a low income, and need assistance with food and gifts during the holiday season, you can contact an organization in your area to apply for a Holiday Food Basket or Christmas Hamper. Eligibility for Baskets and Hampers will be determined by the individual organization. 

Some may ask for identification, income information, or your address as well as proof of age for each child living in the home. If leaving a message, please be sure to provide your name and return phone number.

Get Help: Low Cost/No Cost Meal Programs

This handy monthly calendar provides the dates and locations of free or low cost hot meals throughout the City of London that are available to individuals and families in need. The calendar is a project of the Hunger Relief Action Coalition.

Help Yourself Through Hard Times


The Help Yourself Through Hard Times booklet provides a list of services to assist individuals and families on limited incomes during times of financial hardship. To find more information on a particular service, simply click on the organization name within the listing; the link will bring you to the Information London service profile.

The booklet is updated once a year and is available online (click above) or in print form from the City of London, Department of Community Services or at many social service locations in London.

Community Connections - St Thomas and Elgin County

The Community Connections booklet provides a list of services to assist individuals and families on limited incomes during time of financial hardship for Elgin and St Thomas.

The booklet is updated once a year and is available online (click above) or in print form at community partner locations.