How Torontonians can help homeless people this holiday season

The City of Toronto is advising residents who would like to help people in Toronto who are homeless and vulnerable this holiday season to consider the 2015 Holiday Wish List created with input from community agencies. The City surveyed agencies that run shelters, drop-ins and other services for homeless people, asking them what would bring cheer to their clients during the holidays.

The 2015 Holiday Wish List is now available at

The Wish List website identifies the agencies that responded to the survey and lists specific items their clients need, along with contacts and information about volunteer opportunities and holiday events.

The most common items on this year's Wish List are winter clothing, toiletries and gift cards for groceries – items that may seem routine but that can make a big difference to a person or family in need. Many agencies are also looking for volunteer help with activities such as sorting donations, serving food and wrapping gifts.

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