Local agencies work together to ensure the needs of everyone in our community are met over the holiday season. Several organizations provide holiday support to residents in the Foothills region. Please contact them for details on how to donate, what you can give or how you can volunteer. Please donate early!
Holiday Support Programs
Where to Donate?
Oilfields Food Bank: 403-612-1291
Christmas Meal Hampers. Donations of food and cash are gratefully accepted.
Okotoks Food Bank: 403-651-6629
Christmas Meal Hampers. Donations of food and cash are gratefully accepted. You may also choose to Adopt-a-Family.
Baby It’s Cold Outside: 403-660-3648
Christmas Meal Hampers to nominated residents. Donations of food and cash.
The Salvation Army: 403-652-2195
Christmas Meal Hampers. Toys & gifts for children (18 and under). Donations of new, unwrapped toys and gift cards are gratefully accepted. Financial donations welcome. Volunteers needed!
Seniors Secret Service: 403-257-8339
Supporting isolated seniors throughout the Foothills. Donations of cash or gift cards.
Simply Compassion Advocacy Society for Seniors: E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Volunteers to provide music, letters, recordings and cash/gift card donations for craft supplies. .
Magic of Christmas: 403-921-0588/403-803-3085
Christmas cheer and gifts to referred residents. Donations of cash and gift cards are appreciated or donate new, unwrapped toys at:
OKOTOKS: ATB, Fountain Tire, Village Lane Dental, Monkey Mountain, Papillon Medical Clinic, Fisher Crescent Retail, White Bull Clothing, Okotoks Art Gallery, OK Tire, The George, Okotoks GMC.
HIGH RIVER: Dance Tech, Ward Tires.
BLACK DIAMOND: ATB, Focus Fitness.
TURNER VALLEY: Western Financial, HC Glassworks.
Shop of Wonders: E: email@example.com
Private Christmas shopping experience for children, teens and parents. Drop off a new unwrapped toy or stocking stuffer to one of the following locations:McFarlane Agencies, Eyes 360 Okotoks and High River, Momentum Physical Therapy, Toms House of Pizza, Foothills Cleaners, Loops Kid Consignment, Trident Autowash and Mainstreet Market.
Okotoks Family Resource Centre: 403-995-2626 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Help residents facing financial challenges the other 364 days of the year. Donations will fund emergency gas and grocery cards.
Rowan House Emergency Shelter: 403-336-9046
Help bring holiday joy to families affected by domestic abuse. Donate at www.rowanhouse.ca or contact Ellen at: email@example.com.
High River FCSS: 403-652-8620
Donations of gifts, gift cards and cashfor single/senior adults.
New, unwrapped gifts for children 18 and under in the Foothills can be dropped at the following locations.
Please donate early (by December 3 if possible) to allow agencies time to inventory and distribute gifts. *teen gifts, gift cards and Lego are always in short supply.
BLACK DIAMOND: Pharmasave
BLACKIE: TraXside Studios
HIGH RIVER: Boston Pizza, Calgary Co-op, Canadian Tire, CIBC, High Country Chevrolet Buick GMC Ltd, Dairy Queen, Home Hardware Building Centre, High River Library, Pet Valu, Bob Snodgrass Recreation Complex, No Frills, Shoppers Drug Mart, Scotiabank, Sobeys High River, Western Financial Group, High River United Church, MiCell, Ramada Inn
OKOTOKS: CIR Realty Okotoks, Okotoks Today (Western Wheel), Okotoks Family Resource Centre, Yooneek Books, Source for Sports
TURNER VALLEY: Sheep River Library
Magic of Christmas
OKOTOKS: ATB, Fountain Tire, Village Lane Dental, Monkey Mountain, Papillon Medical Clinic, Fisher Crescent Retail, White Bull Clothing, Okotoks Art Gallery, OK Tire, The George, Okotoks GMC
HIGH RIVER: Dance Tech, Ward Tires
BLACK DIAMOND: ATB, Focus Fitness
TURNER VALLEY: Western Financial, HC Glassworks
Shop of Wonders
OKOTOKS: McFarlane Agencies, Eyes 360 Okotoks and High River, Momentum Physical Therapy, Toms House of Pizza, Foothills Cleaners, Loops Kid Consignment, Trident Autowash and Mainstreet Market.
Christmas Support Programs
If you need help to get through the holiday season, please contact one of these local agencies for support.
Assistance is available for residents of Black Diamond, Turner Valley, High River, Okotoks and Foothills County.
Families can choose to register with one of the following services:
Christmas Food Hampers:
Contact your nearest foodbank:
- Oilfields Food Bank, Register at: oilfieldsfoodbank.com, 403-612-1291
- Okotoks Food Bank, 403-651-6629
- The Salvation Army Foothills Community Ministries, 403-652-2195
- Baby it’s Cold Outside, 403-660-3648
Toys and Gifts:
- The Salvation Army Foothills Community Ministries: Children 18 & under, 403-652-2195. Registration begins November 12 by phone at 403-652-2195 ext. 9
- My City Care: 403-606-6812. Register at: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Baby it’s Cold Outside, 403-660-3648
Please note that we ask families to only access one toy program for assistance.
Emergency Assistance Program
The Okotoks Family Resource Centre (OFRC) recognizes that families may need help the other 364 days of the year, and provides emergency gas and grocery cards for essential needs.
OFRC also runs programs to subsidize recreation fees, provide volunteer drivers for medical appointments, complete simple tax returns for low-income residents, and to help seniors and disabled residents with snow shoveling.
Consider making a tax-deductible donation to help fund these programs.