Starlight Children's Foundation Canada offers a special teddy bear each year, available exclusively through ToysRUs. The 2013 bear is named Beario, and was designed with the help of Starlight child, Dylan. The red star on Beario’s paw symbolizes one of Dylan’s favourite video game characters, Super Mario! Your purchase of this collectible bear will help Starlight brighten the lives of seriously ill children through in and out-of-hospital programs that provide entertainment and distraction to sick children in communities across Canada. Plus, your gift recipient will have this super soft and cuddly bear to love. Beario is available in store or online at ToysRUs.ca.
For the animal lover, why not choose a gift from the Paws & Give collection offered by the Ontario SPCA? You can select from their numerous options to help cats, dogs, farm animals and small animals being cared for by the OSPCA. From a $3 holiday stocking stuffer toy through a $100 Cat Care Holiday Package to $5000 for spay/neuter equipment, there's something for every budget. Most of the gift options are in the $20-$100 range. Your gift recipient will receive your choice of an e-card or traditional holiday card letting them know you have made the gift in their name. And you will receive a tax receipt for the charitable donation.
Animals aren't the only ones who may not be home for the holidays. For many families with critically ill children a hospital stay is the reality of their holiday season. The Hospital for Sick Children offers the Get Better Gifts program to bring a little joy to the kids and families in their care at this time of year. You can choose to send a gift that will go directly to a child, like a $30 stocking of toys, or a gift that will benefit all children at the hospital, like holiday books for the reading room ($20) or a treasure trove of toys ($75) for the hospital's collection. Again, you can choose a traditional or e-card for your recipient to advise them of your gift, and you will receive a tax receipt.