Christmas Tree

Christmas at Optimism Place

The holidays are a great time to support your local women's shelter! We have a variety of fun and accessible ways for you and your family to get involved this holiday season. Click the links to the right, or keep scrolling, to find out more!

Give Cheer this Year!

With the second wave of the pandemic well underway, and cold weather approaching, we know that it will be more and more difficult to make a trip to the store, or to visit OP and donate. 

A monetary donation is always appreciated! 

Monetary donations give Optimism Place the security and flexibility to meet women where they are, with what they need. 

Whether it's an emergency cab fare, that extra item on the grocery list, or the treat of a warm meal ordered in on a special occasion, monetary donations ALWAYS go to good use. They allow us the flexibility to make sure the shelter feels like home for all who stay, no matter how long. 

Making sure our shelter feels like home is more important than ever around the holidays. We work very hard to make this season special, to use this time to plan for new futures with women in shelter, and to ensure that the children in our care have gifts under the tree and gifts to give their mom's as well.

Please consider a monetary donation. Every dollar truly helps. 

Monetary donations in the form of cash or check can be mailed to:

Optimism Place - Jasmine Clark

270 Freeland Drive

Stratford Ontario


Thank you for your kind and continued support this holiday season. 

Our Christmas List

Each year, Optimism Place supports women and children at the holidays by providing food, gifts, and personal need items to those we've served throughout the year.

In the face of the ongoing pandemic, we understand that visiting stores to shop is not ideal. For this reason, we've built our wish list into Amazon. You can purchase items directly from this list and Amazon will ship them directly to us! 

If you prefer to shop local and drop off a donation, please call 519 271 5310 to arrange a time to do so, or submit the following form. 


Thanks for submitting!


Stocking Project

Help us stuff a stocking for every woman and child at Optimism Place this year! 

We are looking for donations of completed stockings. Please fill stockings with the items listed below and indicate clearly on the outside of the stocking whether the stocking if for a woman or child.

Women's Stockings



4 blade razors



Children's Stockings







*please indicate the size/age of these items on the outside of the stocking somehow

Please ensure each stocking contains AT LEAST the items indicated. You may add additional items as well! We encourage gift certificates and earbuds. 

If you have questions, concerns, or would like to find our more about this project please email All stockings must be delivered by December 10th to ensure time for processing and distribution!

Deck Our Halls!

We hope you will help spread joy and cheer at Optimism Place this year! We have designed a fun Christmas colouring page that we will be sending out to all homes in the Stratford area on the reverse side of our Christmas appeal letter. We are encouraging folks to colour their creation (and include some festive wishes) and send it back to Optimism Place! We will be decking our hallways with the coloured pages to help spread cheer in the shelter this holiday season. 

Can't wait for the mail? Not in the Stratford area? Want to colour more than one?

Print off our Christmas appeal letter and submit as many coloured pages as you'd like!

Completed pages can be mailed to:

Optimism Place 

270 Freeland Drive

Stratford, ON N4Z 1G8

(Donation not required to participate)