Children’s Fund



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, Aldershot and Burlington as symbols of our efforts during the Christmas season.

Other activities include our:

  • Annual Christmas Concert at Gore Park in Hamilton
  • “Blitz Day Radiothon” on AM900 CHML, Y108, and 953 Fresh Radio
  • “Operation Santa Claus Toy Truck” toy drive



For 50 years, Jimmy and Susan Lomax made Christmas a reality for thousands of Hamilton and Burlington residents in need.

In 2010, the Children’s Fund took over stewardship and will continue the tradition of “Operation Santa Claus” in Hamilton/Burlington and is one of Canada’s largest Toy Drives.


We support local organizations in your community:


Since 1976 over $5.5 MILLION has been distributed to local organizations in the Hamilton/Burlington area.


Jeff Storey, President: 905-521-2325
Olivia Mackay, Vice-President: 905-521-2310

Charity Number: Registered Charity #11922 2578 RR0001

Ways you can help donate:

At the Bank

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

Account #6233092-117.

Locations include:

  • Hamilton – 75 James St South & 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 Online

Donate to The Children’s Fund online via PayPal. The choice is yours, Visa, Mastercard, American Express or Debit.

No membership required to donate, it is optional.

PayPal - The safer, easier way to pay online! 

In Person

Donate to The Children’s Fund in person at the CHML/Y108/953 Fresh Radio Studios (875 Main Street West; Hamilton), or wherever you see us on location.

We accept Cash, Debit, Visa, Mastercard or American Express

New, Unwrapped Toys

Drop off at the CHML/Y108/953 Fresh Radio  Studios (875 Main Street West; Hamilton), any Hamilton Fire Station, McDonald’s or call us and we’ll pick them up from your office!

To arrange a toy pickup from your office, call 905-521-9900 x42635


3 cent a Litre Day

Donate to the CHML/Y108/953 Fresh Radio Children’s Fund at participating Pioneer Energy locations in December and 3 cents a litre will be donated to The Children’s Fund.

Thank you to our corporate sponsors

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Apply For Funds

To apply for funds, please copy and paste the form below and e-mail the completed form to

The Children’s Fund Board meets every 3rd Wednesday of the month.

All requests to be submitted for the Calendar Year (2018).

Entry Date:




Charity Number:
(Charities required a registered Charity Number to apply)


Phone Number:

Will the funding be used solely for children?

How many children will the funding help?

Dollar amount being sought:

Time period funding will be utilized:

Is the program seasonal/annual?:

Description of program/service being provided:

Have you received funding from the Children’s Fund in the past?:

If you answered yes to the question above…when?

How did you hear about the Children’s Fund?

Are there opportunities within your organization to raise awareness of the Children’s Fund?:

How else can CHML, 95.3 Fresh Radio and Y108 help your organization?:

If you are requesting funds for $10,000 or more please answer the following questions:

a) Who it will benefit

b) Design of the project

c) Outcomes expected.

A brief overview of your budget, income sources, and expenses for this project.


All monies raised through the The Childrens Fund are distributed locally. A volunteer board administers donations monthly based on requests made to the Fund.

Since 1976, over $5 million has been distributed to local organizations. Past and present recipients include:

Afro Canadian Caribbean Association
Ancaster Community Services
Autism of Ontario: Hamilton Chapter
Boys and Girls Clubs of Hamilton
Breakfast With Santa
Cathedral High School
Catholic Childrens Aid Society of Hamilton
Catholic Family Services of Hamilton
Catholic Youth Organization (CYO)
Childrens Aid Foundation of Halton
Childrens Aid Society of Hamilton
Delta Secondary School
Don Quixote Co-op
Dr. Bob Kemp Hospice
Essential Aid & Family Services of Ontario
Fit Active Beautiful Foundation (FAB)
Good Shepherd
Hamilton & District Extend-a-Family
Hamilton Outreach Services
HFA Varsity Hurricanes Football
Imagine in the Park
Interval House of Hamilton
John Howard Society
Joyce Rattray Christmas
Kid Quest Camp
Liberty For Youth
Living Rock Ministries
Lynwood Charlton Centre
McMaster Athletes Care
McMaster Childrens Hosipital Foundation
Mission Services
Neighbour to Neighbour
Niwasa Aborginal Education Programs
Open Doors
Reach Out Centre for Kids (ROCK)
Robert Land Community Association
Salvation Army
Telling Tales
Welcome Inn
Wesley Urban Ministries
Wever C.O.R.E.

Thank you to our corporate sponsors

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