United Way Simcoe Muskoka Holiday with a Hero

Give the gift of an unforgettable holiday season

Holiday with a Hero is back, and we’re honoured to once again partner with Simcoe Muskoka Family Connexions and local heroes such as police, paramedics, firefighters, and others, to create a magical day for children experiencing poverty. With many families struggling to make ends meet, we know that the holidays can create stress and worry. Let’s work together to create joy and excitement for these kids instead!

How does it work?

Through our community partners, the Holiday with a Hero program pairs children who are experiencing poverty with local heroes – police, paramedics, firefighters, and athletes. Each pair will receive a Walmart gift card on the morning of November 19th to go shopping, so that the children can give gifts to their family this holiday season. This lets the children be the heroes and experience the joy of giving to their families, accompanied by a hero.

The only rule? Each child must buy at least one thing for themselves. After the shopping is done, the children get a hero escort to a holiday party at the Innisfil YMCA for a pancake breakfast with the heroes, activities, gift wrapping, a visit with Santa & Mrs. Claus, and other holiday FUN! 

Event details

Date: November 19, 2022

Location: South Barrie Walmart / YMCA Innisfil

Get involved

There are several ways to get involved with Holiday for a Hero! Your donations will support a child’s experience, from shopping, to breakfast, to a variety of fun and exciting activities. We also welcome volunteers who would like to contribute their time on November 19th (please note that a vulnerable sector check is required). And finally, if you are a part of an organization or business that is interesting in being a sponsor, check out the details towards the bottom of this page.

Volunteer for Holiday with a Hero

Before Submitting Please Read:

All volunteers for Holiday with a Hero will be required to provide a valid vulnerable sector check. Our team will contact you with further details about volunteering closer to the event.









If you’re interested in becoming a sponsor for Holiday with a Hero, please contact:

Rosi Martin

705.726.2301 x 2035

m. 905.252.9715
rmartin@uwsimcoemuskoka.ca