2018 Holiday Bag

2018 Holiday Programs

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As we get closer to the holidays and the season of giving, PWA is happy to share in the spirit of the season with our Annual Holiday Bag Program.

Over two days in December staff and volunteers meet to assemble and hand out hundreds of bags filled with donated goods to help make the holidays special for our clients. This year we are thrilled to host this event at the PWA office, to share this experience together. Opportunities to attend social outings, like the holiday events that PWA put on each year, reduce isolation, increase social support, encourage ongoing  learning and improve self-esteem that play an important role in staying healthy.

Thanks to our supporters and contributors of the Holiday Bag program who have come together to support this annual initiative, Johnson & Johnson, Roots, TJX Canada, Starbucks, P & G, McGregor Industries, Starbucks, Book AIDS, New Leaf Florist, Rogers, and of course the Staff and Volunteers who will make it all happen.

PWA’s 2018 Holiday Bag & Children’s Gift Certificate Programs will be held on
Saturday December 15th from 12:00pm to 7:00pm
PWA, 200 Gerrard Street East, 2nd Floor


Available exclusively for Clients of PWA.

Registration will open on November 12th and close on Friday December 7th.

If 600 participants register prior to December 7th, registration will be closed.

Participants who miss the registration can come to PWA between 6:30pm and 7:00pm on December 15 to get a bag if any go unclaimed

Registration Process and Pick-up:

There are two ways to register starting November 12th:

  1. E-mail foodaccess@pwatoronto.org with “Holiday Bag 2018” in the subject line.

You will receive a return e-mail confirming your registration. Print or take a photo of this confirmation and bring it with you when picking up your bag along with a piece of identification. If you send an e-mail after registration closes you will receive an e-mail stating that the registration is closed.

  1. In person at PWA during regular office hours at the Service Access Desk or through the food programs students.

When you register in person you will be given a confirmation slip that you will need to bring with you along with a piece of identification when picking up your bag.

We will not be taking any registrations by phone, you must use one of the two ways listed above.


If you are sending someone in to collect your bag, please provide them with the e-mail confirmation or confirmation slip along with a piece of their identification.

Bags will not be available at PWA after the program distribution date of December 15.


Children’s Gift certificates are available on a first come, first served basis. Gift Certificates not collected by the deadline of the 19th December at 5pm will automatically be issued to individuals registered on a waiting list.

Who is Eligible?

Children of PWA clients can receive a gift certificate for $30 each.

To be eligible, your child must be:

  • Under the age of 18 as of the 15th of December 2018
  • Have proper proof of date of birth on file
  • Live in Toronto and have a postal code that starts with M;
  • Children do not have to be HIV positive.

How to Register?

  • Registration begins Tuesday, November 12th, 2017 and closes on Friday, December 14th, 2018 at noon
  • Contact your Income and Community Liaison to register for a gift for each child under 18 years of age

Where to Pick-up?

Saturday, December 15th 2018 from 12-7 p.m. at PWA, 200 Gerrard Street, 2nd Floor

If you have any questions, please contact your Income and Community Liaisons Bill Handley or Rajesh Pisharody in person at PWA, or by phone at (416) 506-1400


Pedro Schuurhuis

Pedro is an immigrant from Brazil and has landed in the beautiful land of Tkaronto. As a PHA himself, PWA is where he found a home and a family. Pedro is currently the Executive Assistant for PWA.