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Last year, nearly 1,300 children turned to the Sharing in Student Success program for back-to-school assistance.


Help us provide grade appropriate backpacks to children in need by making a donation to the SISS program!


Thank you to all of our generous Christmas Exchange Program donors! You helped bring joy and dignity to thousands in need.

Check out the numbers from Christmas 2013!

New teambuilding opportunities! Visit our Corporate Sponsorship page for complete details on how your organization can participate.
tree_pngThe Christmas Exchange Program provides those in need with gift vouchers or food hampers. "It left a warm feeling: Someone out there knew it was a tough time for my family." Read more!
pencils Sharing in Student Success helps children in need to get school essentials. "Without you, I would have struggled to make back-to-school enjoyable for my kids." Learn more!
coordination_greyThe Co-ordination Service has ensured since 1915 that no one in need of assistance goes without and that your donations are distributed fairly and evenly. Learn more!


Thank you to our 2014 Kindness Week sponsors! Wihtout their assistance, Kindness Week would not be possible.


Ferguslea Properties


Osgoode Properties

Clear Channel Outdoor

Accora Village

Canadian Wildlife Federation

Rideau Bakery

Bridgehead Coffee


2013 SISS Thankyous

“I am ten years old and I am in grade 5. I lived in Africa and in August I came to Canada with my family. I have four brothers and two sisters. Your gift of a backpack full of school tools helps me learn English. Thank you for putting a smile on my face the first day at school!”

- Afi*, age 10, 2013 SISS recipient

“I'd like to say a big thank you for providing backpacks and school supplies for my children's first day at school. They were very excited when I gave them their backpacks and school supplies. They told me, "Dad, I'll try my best to succeed in school and to get good marks." We're considered a low-income family and your timely assistance is highly appreciated.”

- Arman*, parent of 2013 recipients

*Names have been changed to protect privacy.

The Caring and Sharing Exchange is a local charity that, since 1915, has been providing Christmas and back-to-school assistance to Ottawa residents who face economic hardship, regardless of age, ethnicity, creed or culture. Find out more!


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Or call 613-241-INFO (4636).
They will ask you where you live and register you with the closest one of our partner agencies