This fund was first established by a generous donation from the Trillium Automobile Dealers Association (TADA) in 2018.
Additional funding was provided by Love Your Melon in 2019 and the Used Car Dealers Association of Ontario (UCDA) in 2020. During the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, the following organizations provided funding for our gift card program:
Community Foundations of Canada and the United Way for specific community gift card programs through the Government of Canada's Emergency Community Support Fund
The Regional Municipality of Peel
Second Harvest FoodRescue.ca Emergency Fund
If you are located in the following areas please see our "Programs & Services" menu for details on your specific gift card programs: Durham Region, London/Middlesex County, Niagara, Peel Region, Simcoe Muskoka, Toronto & York Region, Wellington County. If you are a family in need of a grocery gift card and are not located in one of these areas, please request here.
The fund seeks to provide financial assistance to in-hospital childhood cancer families by providing gift cards for necessities such as gas, groceries, and dining. The program is managed by our Parent Liaisons at The Hospital for Sick Children ("SickKids") in Toronto and Credit Valley Hospital ("CVH") in Mississauga (where the Parent Liaison program is currently established). It provides gift cards in the care packages given out to all newly diagnosed in-hospital families that register through our Parent Liaisons at those treatment centres, as well as to childhood cancer families that are not newly diagnosed but urgently needing financial support (these will be considered on a case-by-case basis). Please note that, since newly diagnosed in-hospital families have priority, access to the gift cards is usually available only in person through our in-hospital Parent Liaison program. An exception is being made during the COVID-19 pandemic when our Parent Liaisons are not able to be physically present at the hospitals, and families can request gift cards online.
Examples of gift cards offered to families include:
Gas cards - transportation expenses are a huge cost for newly diagnosed families frequently traveling to and from the hospital from their home communities;
Grocery cards - can be used at a variety of supermarkets;
Ultimate Dining cards - for busy families to have a meal out at a variety of popular chain restaurants while they are in the hospital or in transit to a treatment centre
The gift cards are purchased through FundScrip, that way OPACC gets back a portion of the sales!
How You Can Help
If you would like to donate to this fund, please select "Gift cards fund" from the list of available funds when making your donation below. We will also gratefully accept donations of unused gift cards given to our Parent Liaisons or mailed to us. Thank you!