When you sign up for “A Reason to Smile,” you’ll be giving kids in care the comfort they need to overcome their challenges and grow into successful young adults.

Your gift packages will enrich the lives of children who have experienced trauma and loss in their lives, and you will contribute to a nurturing, safe and healing environment in our Teaching Homes.

Learn more about our Teaching Homes here.

Select a month to give youth a reason to smile:

January May September
February June October
March July November
April August December

* A donor or donors have already signed up to support the homes for this month

Rally your friends, family or co-workers together to give kids in care items and opportunities that can impact their lives for years to come. Whether you would like to shop on your own or fundraise and make a financial donation for Closer to Home to purchase the items on your behalf, you will be giving kids a reason to smile.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much should I budget for?

Depending on your budget, you may want to purchase all the needs for the month or focus on a few. The choice is yours. Most donors average $100 per youth. Each Teaching Home currently has five to six youths.

You can sign up for one or multiple homes, and can choose to donate financially or shop on your own.

What types of items are generally in need?

Items frequently in need include single bed-in-a-bags, grocery gift cards, haircut gift cards, recreation passes and more. Each month’s wish list will include a mix of basic needs items, seasonal ideas, and fun opportunities that will give kids a reason to smile.

Each home’s list of needs is updated regularly. After you sign up to support a home for a month, you will receive the full wish list for that month.

View a sample wish list here.

Can I support multiple homes?

Absolutely! Closer to Home runs three homes (two in Calgary and one in Airdrie). If you would like to support one, two, or all three homes for a month, please indicate this on your registration form.

How far in advance should I sign up?

It’s up to you! For example, if your company or group holds an annual fundraising drive for the holidays, you could sign up in January for the next holiday season. Perhaps you’d like to donate your birthday party to this initiative, and have guests bring donations instead of gifts. Or, if you want to make an immediate impact, you could sign up to support this month or the following month, depending on availability.

If you would like to support the homes regularly, you can sign up in advance for multiple months.

Why do I need to pay a registration fee?

A suggested minimum registration fee of $25 per home helps Closer to Home administer this initiative and ensure children, youth and families continue receiving the support they need through other programs and services.

Will I receive a tax receipt for my donation?

All financial donations, including the registration fee, will receive a tax receipt. In-kind donations of items are not eligible for a tax receipt.

How should I package up my gifts?

For in-kind donations, we recommend using containers or bags that can be re-used in the home, such as laundry baskets, reusable grocery bags, plastic storage containers, etc.

How do I drop off my donation?

Donations can be dropped off at the Closer to Home office at 3507A 17 Avenue SW (we are located on the second floor of the building). Our regular office hours are 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM Mondays to Fridays. We are closed on weekends and stat holidays.

Please contact us in advance to schedule your drop-off time.

If you have any questions or other ideas to support children and youth in care, please contact Jessica at (403) 543-0550, Ext. 250 or jmelnychuk@closertohome.com.