Holiday Drive for Christie Refugee Centre  

The Social Justice Committee is a joint effort of members of the parent community from both Hawthorne and Essex. This Holiday Drive is one of their initiatives.

This holiday season please consider donating one (or parts) of these two kits described below in support of the Christie Refugee Welcome Centre.


Every family arriving at Christie receives a kit filled with personal care items. If you’d like to put together a kit please keep in mind that we serve more women than men. Families share the washroom on their floor so hygiene items should fit in the shower basket for easy transport. Residents access language, immigration and other services across the city by public transport, a presto card is a wonderful gift.

  • $25 PRESTO card
  • Shower caddy
  • Flip Flops
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Lotion
  • Body wash
  • Deodorant
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrush


As refugee families move out of the Christie Shelter into local neighbourhoods

the high cost of living can make it hard to make ends meet. Grocery gift cards are one of the ways we support families in distress.

  • $25 Grocery Gift Card
  • Reusable Grocery Bag
  • Rice
  • Flour
  • Sugar
  • Salt

Boxes will be beside the holiday tree in the entrance of our school starting this week until December 19th. Gift cards may be left in an envelope labelled Christie Refugee Fundraising in Tracey’s (the Hawthorne) office.