Hands Up Canada was created to help Canadians in need, the young, the elderly, those at risk. Our focus is on working with communities to provide education, food, shelter and social programmes.

Some of our recent projects:

  • Christmas Gift Envelopes for students in Nunavut and the Northwest Territories.  These small gifts are often the only ones these children will receive for Christmas.
  • Masks for Front Line Workers & People at Risk during Covid-19 we are making masks to donate to front line workers and those at risk at hospitals, seniors, volunteers at food banks. We’ve made 1500+ masks for those in need.
  • Back-to-School Backpacks for kids in Toronto shelters.
  • Summer Learning Backpacks to Nunavut for young children in northern Canada to get them ready for success in school in the fall.
  • Emergency Backpacks of basic necessities and clothes for women and young children who find themselves living in a shelter in Toronto without anything except the clothes on their back.
  • Emergency Diaper Bags for pregnant and new moms living in shelters. Often it is when a women is bringing a child into the world that she makes the difficult decision to flee an abusive relationship.  We offer diaper bags with a newborn layette to help her care for her newborn infant.
  • Food and Supplies to shelters and food banks in Canada.  Poverty knows no geographic boundaries.  We support food banks and soup kitchens anywhere in Canada that there is a need.
  • Supplies to Elders living in remote parts of Canada to support projects that bring elders and students together to teach and pass on new and traditional skills.

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Christmas Envelopes for Inuit Students

Every year Hands Up Canada sends hundreds of gift envelopes to schools in Nunavut and Northwest Territories. In 2019 the total sent was 1290! This is always a very exciting and much anticipated time. Each envelope contains socks, a candy cane, a book, coloured pencils or crayons, a few small toys. For many of these children this is the only gift they will receive this Christmas.

Your $25 donation covers the cost of the gift and shipping.

Gifts are sent to schools identified by Northern Canada Mini Projects and distributed by teachers. We are very grateful for their expertise and support. Photo of a young girl last Christmas in

Girl in Kugluktuk happily holding her gift envelope ~ courtesy of Lori Rudy



Help a student get a good
start at school.


Give someone in need the necessities of life.


Help bring people in communities together.