Putting hope in children’s lives guides Canada Post in its community investment endeavours. The Canada Post Community Foundation for Children delivers a brighter future for children and youth in Canada by supporting registered charities, school programs and local initiatives.
In 2016, the Foundation granted almost $1.2 million in vital support to 125 community organizations across Canada. The Foundation granted approximately $4 million to more than 320 community projects in 2013, 2014 and 2015 to support a wide range of programs. The Foundation contributes to build libraries, create sports and breakfast programs, and ensure children have access to crisis lines, anti-bullying and mental health initiatives, special needs clinics and life-skills training. The money has helped promote physical activity and play for kids of all abilities and helped at-risk youth gain a better understanding of how education is vital to their future.
Funds are raised through an annual in-store campaign, sales of a special fundraising stamp and employee support.
Canada Post employees play a key role in many community organizations across Canada. From coaching hockey teams, running in fundraising marathons, organizing local food bank drives or pitching in to clean up a park, Canada Post employees are good neighbours. This is most apparent every fall when thousands of special Postal Elves volunteer to help Santa with his mail. In this age of tweets and texts, there is a place for pens and pencils.
Every year, children from across Canada and around the world write to Santa. Their words and pictures speak volumes about the wonder of Santa’s appeal. The Canada Post Santa Letter-writing Program makes this possible. For almost three and a half decades, legions of Postal Elves have volunteered to help Santa answer every letter.
In 2015, our elves spent more than 250,000 hours helping Santa reply to more than 1.5 million letters. In the last five years, the Program has sent a reply to approximately 7 million people. We like to think each one is its own gift.
Did You Know?
Santa, with the help of his volunteer Postal Elves, replies to some 1.5 million letters – in 26 languages –every year!