Give twice with charity cards and gifts
Helen Henderson
LIFE WRITER
Many charitable institutions sell beautiful cards and gift items for next month's holiday season. Here are a few ideas for shoppers.



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In most cases, prices do not include taxes and shipping. Check with the charity.

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL: Proceeds aid human rights work. Gifts include T-shirts, hats, calendars, books and CDs. Holiday cards are five for $8 or 10 for $10. Catalogue is available. Call (416) 363-9933, ext. 28. Fax: (416) 363-3103. E-mail: toronto @amnesty.ca. Web site: http://www.aito.ca. Address: 56 Temperance St., Eighth Floor, Toronto, Ont. M5H 3V5. Hours: Tuesday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cards are also at YWCA International Boutique (listing follows).

L'ARCHE/DAYBREAK: Proceeds go to communities where people with and without disabilities live together. Items include candles ($8 to $14), trivets ($17), mugs ($10 to $12), handmade note cards and books on spirituality, community, prayer and personal growth (various prices). Store: 11339 Yonge St., Richmond Hill, Ont. L4S 1L1. Hours: Monday to Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to noon, 1 to 4 p.m., and Friday, 8:30 a.m. to noon. Open house, including books at sale prices: Nov. 22 and Dec. 13, 7 to 10 p.m. Call (905) 884-3454, ext. 234, or 1-800-853-1412. Fax: (905) 884-0763. E-mail: pubs@larchedaybreak. com.

BRIDGEHEAD: Organization sells products from developing world co-operatives. Organic tea, coffee, chocolate and gift baskets are available online at http://www.bridgehead.ca. For catalogue, call 1-800-565-8563.

CANADIAN CANCER SOCIETY: Small Comfort Hearts ($10) and holiday cards ($2 each) are available at society's offices. For locations, call 1-888-939-3333. Also receives a portion of proceeds from sales of Very Special Christmas Cards designed by Whitby artist Jeff Morrison. Packs of 10 for $10 are available at Loblaws, Zehrs and Fortinos. For bulk orders, call 1-800-545-7705 or go to http://www. veryspecialcards.com.

CANADIAN CENTRE FOR VICTIMS OF TORTURE: Proceeds fund art therapy. Year-round note cards designed by survivors of torture are six for $6. Call (416) 363-1066. Fax: (416) 363-2122. Address: 194 Jarvis St., Second Floor, Toronto, Ont. M5B 2B7.

CANADIAN CYSTIC FIBROSIS FOUNDATION: Twelve assorted holiday cards (2002 designs painted by Canadian artists) are $4.99. Assorted designs from 2001 are 12 for $2.50. Call (416) 932-3900. Fax: (416) 932-3010. E-mail: info@ccfftoronto.ca. Address: 1992 Yonge St., Suite 207, Toronto, Ont. M4S 1Z7.

CANADIAN NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR THE BLIND: Framed tactile illustrations (150 designs, including flowers, dinosaurs and animals) are $50. Also offers more than 250 titles in unabridged audio books and print, Braille books for children. Call Stan Flamer, (416) 480-7674. E-mail: sales@cnib.ca.

CANADIAN PSYCHIATRIC RESEARCH FOUNDATION: Proceeds support projects leading to better treatment for and awareness of mental illness. Holiday cards are $100 for 100. Personalized imprinting and smaller quantities are available. Call (416) 351-7757. E-mail: cprf@ interlog.com. Web site: http://www.cprf.ca. Write: 2 Carlton St., Suite 1007, Toronto, Ont. M5B 1J3.

CENTRE FOR ADDICTION AND MENTAL HEALTH FOUNDATION: Holiday cards are five for $8, 10 for $10. Call (416) 535-8501, ext. 6169. Fax: (416) 979-6910. E-mail: lidia _franchitto@camh.net. Address: 33 Russell St., Second Floor, Toronto, Ont. M5S 2S1.

CHILDREN'S AID FOUNDATION: Proceeds help abused and neglected children. Holiday cards are 12 for $15. Custom imprinting is available (minimum order 100 cards). A 2003 Year of the Teddy Bear calendar costs $10. Call (416) 923-0924, ext. 234, or ext. 284 for calendar. Fax: (416) 923-6151. E-mail: mmavromaras@cafdn.org. Web site: http://www.cafdn.org. Write: 25 Spadina Rd., Toronto, Ont. M5R 2S9.

CHRISTIAN BLIND MISSION INTERNATIONAL: Proceeds help people with disabilities in the developing world. Crafts by disabled artisans include hand-carved nativity sets ($42 to $48). Cards are 16 for $8.50. Brochure available. Call (905) 640-6464, ext. 223, or 1-800-567-2264. E-mail: crafts@cbmi-can.org. Web site: http://www.cbmi-can.org. Address: P.O. Box 800, Stouffville, Ont. L4A 7Z9.

COMMUNITY HEAD INJURY RESOURCE SERVICES OF TORONTO: Proceeds provide jobs and services for people with acquired brain injuries. Handcrafted holiday cards are 12 for $19.95. Note cards, candles, theme baskets and special-event favours are also available. Call: (416) 240-8000. Fax: (416) 240-1149. E-mail: chirs@chirs.com. Web site: http://www.chirs.com. Address: 62 Finch Ave. W., Toronto, Ont. M2N 7G1.

COVENANT HOUSE: Proceeds go to counselling, health care, educational and employment programs for homeless youth. Assorted cards in packages of five are available for whatever donation you can afford. Call (416) 598-4898 or 1-800-435-7308. E-mail: inniss@covenant house.on.ca.

DOROTHY LEY HOSPICE: Proceeds help care for the terminally ill. Holiday and note cards are 10 for $15, 25 for $30, 100 for $100. Call (416) 626-0116, ext. 33. Fax: (416) 626-7285. E-mail: giving@dlhospice.org. Web site: http://www.dlhospice.org. Write: 170 Sherway Dr., Suite 3, Toronto, Ont. M9C 1A6.

EVERGREEN: Proceeds help bring nature to Canadian cities. Cards, donated by The Printing House, are 12 for $15. Call (416) 504-5296. Fax: (416) 504-0300. Web site: http://www.tph.ca.

HEART AND STROKE FOUNDATION OF ONTARIO: Foundation receives portion of proceeds from sales of Very Special Christmas Cards designed by Whitby artist Jeff Morrison. Packs of 10 for $10 are available at Loblaws, Zehrs and Fortinos stores. For bulk orders, call 1-800-545-7705 or go to http://www. veryspecialcards.com.

HOPE FOR CHILDREN FOUNDATION: Proceeds go to abuse-prevention programs of the Catholic Children's Aid Society of Toronto. Christmas cards are $10 for 12, three boxes for $25. Blank note cards are $8 for 10. Call (416) 395-1507. E-mail: hopeforchildren@ccas. toronto.on.ca. Web site: http://www.ccas. toronto.on.ca. Address: 26 Maitland St., Toronto, Ont. M4Y 1C6.

HOSPITAL FOR SICK CHILDREN FOUNDATION: For holiday cards, minimum donation is $3 each. Custom imprinting available. Call (416) 813-7350. E-mail: josie.catalano@sickkids.ca. Web site: http://www.sickkids.ca.

HUNTINGTON SOCIETY OF CANADA: Proceeds help search for a cure for Huntington's disease. Amaryllis gift kits are $11. Call 1-800-998-7398. E-mail: info@hsc-ca.org. Address: 151 Frederick St., Suite 400, Kitchener, Ont. N2H 2M2.

KIDNEY FOUNDATION OF CANADA: Holiday and note cards (12 for $11), T-shirts and cooler bags are available. Call Annabel Abarca, (416) 445-0373, ext. 235, or 1-800-387-4474. Fax: (416) 445-7440. Address: 15 Gervais Dr., Suite 700, Toronto, Ont. M3C 1Y8.

KIDS HELP PHONE: Proceeds go to 24-hour national phone counselling, referral and Internet service. Holiday cards are $140 to $210 for 100. Custom imprinting is available. For brochure and order form, call (416) 581-8956 or fax (416) 586-0651.

LUNG ASSOCIATION: Proceeds help fight lung disease. Golf Privilege Books offering discounts on greens fees are $25 to $45. Passport To Winter Fun discount books for skiers/snowboarders are $50. Call 1-800-972-2636. E-mail: dcassidy@on.lung.ca. Address: 573 King St. E., Suite 201, Toronto, Ont. M5A 4L3.

MON SHEONG FOUNDATION: Proceeds go toward building a non-profit, long-term care centre in Richmond Hill. Cards designed by young people are $7 for 10. Call 416-977-3762, ext. 1606. Web site: http://www.monsheong.org.

MOUNT SINAI HOSPITAL: Proceeds fund research into and treatment of high-risk pregnancies and neonatal care. Minimum order: 100 cards for $140 to $210. Corporate imprinting is available. Call (416) 863-5200 or 1-877-826-5437. Fax: (416) 863-5202. E-mail: auxiliary@ mtsinai.on.ca. Web site: http://www.mtsinai.on.ca/auxiliary.

MOUTH AND FOOT PAINTING ARTISTS: This is not a charity. It's a business started by artists to support themselves. Gift wraps are $10.95 for 10 sheets. Assorted cards are $18 for 25. Personalized cards are $55 for 50. Call (416) 362-9992. Fax: (416) 362-8053. E-mail: mfpa@on.aibn. com. Address: MFPA Ltd., 20 Toronto St., Suite 750, Toronto, Ont. M5C 2S1.

MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS SOCIETY: Holiday cards are five for $6 and carnation note cards are five for $5. Quantity discounts and personalized printing are available. Call (905) 278-6186. E-mail: info.mississauga@mssociety.ca. Web site: http://www.mssociety.ca/ mississauga.

ONTARIO FEDERATION FOR CEREBRAL PALSY: Two-volume cookbook is $10, T-shirts are $10 and swim totes for keys are $3.49. Call (416) 244-9686 or 1-877-244-9686. Fax: (416) 244-6543. E-mail: info@ofcp.on.ca. Web site: http://www.ofcp.on.ca. Address: 1630 Lawrence Ave. W., Suite 104, Toronto, Ont. M6L 1C5.

PARKINSON SOCIETY CANADA: Proceeds help fight Parkinson's disease. Holiday cards are 10 for $6. Minimum order: 20. Call (416) 227-9700, ext. 233, or 1-800-565-3000. Fax: (416) 227-9600. Address: 4211 Yonge St., Suite 316, Toronto, Ont. M2P 2A9.

ST. JOHN AMBULANCE: Gift certificates priced from $35 to $129 are available for safety courses, including emergency and standard first aid, Heartsaver and Basic Rescuer CPR, and babysitting. Courses available on CD-ROM include What Every Babysitter Should Know ($30) and First Aid ($40). Family, vehicle, wallet, sports and fanny-pack first-aid kits range from $2 to $44.95. Call (416) 967-4244 or 1-888-373-0000. Web site: http://www.sja.ca/toronto.

SECOND HARVEST: Group distributes surplus perishable food to agencies helping the hungry. Holiday cards are 15 for $20. The Chef's Table recipe book is $10. Call (416) 408-2594. Fax: (416) 408-2598. E-mail: email@secondharvest.ca.

SIDS FOUNDATION: Proceeds help fund research into sudden infant death syndrome and offer families support. Cards, donated by The Printing House, are 12 for $15, plus taxes and shipping. Call (416) 504-5296. Fax: (416) 504-0300. Web site: http://www.tph.ca.

SLEEPING CHILDREN AROUND THE WORLD: Proceeds go toward bed kits (ground sheets, mattresses, blankets, mosquito netting) for children in developing countries. Holiday cards are 10 for $6. Call (416) 231-1841. Address: 28 Pinehurst Cres., Toronto, Ont. M9A 3A5.

SOCIETY OF SHARING: Proceeds support volunteers visiting isolated seniors and adults with disabilities. Large-print cookbook for solo cooks is $10. Call (416) 413-0380. Fax: (416) 413-4814. Write: 10 St. Mary St., Suite 607, Toronto, Ont. M4Y 1P9.

STARLIGHT CHILDREN'S FOUNDATION CANADA: Proceeds help grant wishes of seriously ill children. Holiday cards are 50 for $60, 100 for $110, 500 for $500. Tribute cards with the message "A donation has been made in your name" are $10 each. Volume discounts and personalized imprinting are available. Call (416) 502-9474, ext. 229. Fax: (416) 502-9477. Address: 250 Consumers Rd., Suite 1101, Toronto, Ont. M2J 4V6.

SUNSHINE DREAMS FOR KIDS: Proceeds help make dreams come true for children with severe disabilities or life-threatening illnesses. Cards are eight for $8. Customized greetings available on bulk orders. Call 1-800-461-7935. Web site: http://www.sunshine.ca.

THINK FIRST FOUNDATION: Proceeds go to brain and spinal cord research. Cards designed by disabled artist Jeff Morrison are 10 for $10 at Loblaws, Zehrs and Fortinos stores. For bulk orders, call 1-800-545-7705. Web site: http://www.veryspecial cards.com. E-mail: jeffmorrison@ sympatico.ca.

TORONTO FOUNDATION FOR STUDENT SUCCESS: The charitable foundation for the Toronto District School Board funds student support projects, including feeding up to 60,000 hungry children each day. Holiday cards (eight for $10) and note cards (10 for $10) feature student art. Call (416) 397-3032. Fax: (416) 397-3035. E-mail: tfss@tdsb.on.ca. Web site: http://www.studentsuccess.ca.

UNICEF CARD AND GIFT SHOPS: Proceeds go to United Nations Children's Fund. Cards, toys, books, calendars, note paper, T-shirts and crafts from around the world are available. For a catalogue, call (416) 482-4444 or 1-800-567-4483. Cards are available at kiosks in some shopping malls; for locations, call 416-366-KIDS (5437). UNICEF store at Cumberland Terrace Mall, 2 Bloor St. W., Toronto (lower level, near food court), is open during mall hours. Call (416) 966-2598. Web site: http://www.unicef.ca.

VARIETY - THE CHILDREN'S CHARITY: Best known in Toronto for Variety Village centre, which helps kids with special needs, this charity offers a porcelain collector's doll ($49.99) and the Christmas CD Love Starts With The Children ($12.99). Call (416) 367-2828, ext. 223. Fax: (416) 367-0028. Address: 37 King St. E., Suite 300, Toronto, Ont. M5C 1E9.

WORLD VISION CANADA: Proceeds fund international emergency relief and development projects. Gifts can be given in the name of someone on your list; included are seeds and tools for a family ($35), school supplies for a classroom ($50), a dairy goat ($150). For a catalogue, call 1-800-268-5528. Web site: http://www. .worldvision.ca/christmas catalogue.

YWCA INTERNATIONAL BOUTIQUE: Proceeds fund community projects worldwide. Carvings, ceramics, masks, wall hangings, toys, jewelry, tree ornaments, nativity scenes, recycled glass products and organic coffee and tea are available. Stationery and greeting cards from Amnesty International, UNICEF, Grenfell Mission, Children's Aid Society and Save The Children are available. Address: 14 Roy's Sq. (Yonge and Bloor Sts.), Toronto. Hours: Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call (416) 924-4762.{lt}/divâ„¢{lt}/txtâ„¢