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November 19, 2020
2020 Annual Holiday Sharing Guide released

Local listing of food, gift and clothing drives lets people know how to give and get help in a year with unique challenges

Now in its tenth year, the Holiday Sharing Guide for Oxford County is online and updated for 2020 at In a year full of unique challenges, giving and getting help is no exception. Some annual events are cancelled and many services adopting new approaches due to COVID-19. The holidays can be a challenging time of year under normal circumstances, with COVID added into the mix, there may be even more people looking to give or get help this holiday season.

The Holiday Sharing Guide offers a comprehensive listing of gift and clothing drives, hot meal and food programs, shelters, emergency help and seasonal community events (including information on cancellations). The Guide is organized around options to “give help,” either by donating time, funds or items, or to “get help,” by accessing programs offered by community organizations, charities, and local churches.

As an online resource, the Holiday Sharing Guide is easily viewed on a personal computer, tablet or mobile device, and can also be printed from any device. All of the information listed in the guide is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, by calling 211 Ontario (dial 2-1-1).

The Holiday Sharing Guide is a collaboration between Oxford County,, 211 Ontario, and United Way Oxford. To find it, visit



Kelly Gilson, Executive Director, United Way of Oxford

“We know that COVID-19 has made 2020 a challenging year for many individuals and families in Oxford County. The reality is that there are far too many people in our community struggling to maintain the basic necessities of life, like food and shelter. This struggle can be amplified during the holiday season, which also presents a key opportunity for those who can share time, money or talents to step forward. The Holiday Sharing Guide connects those who need help with those who want to give help.



Jenn Austin | Strategic Communication & Engagement
519.539.9800, ext. 3505 |

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