A new snowsuit is a simple thing that makes a profound difference

It seems so simple, doesn’t it? When winter settles in, dress warmly. But every year, more than 16,000 of our city’s children struggle to stay warm.

As educators, parents and children, we know that outdoor play is important for mental health, active lifestyles, learning and development. It seems like such a small thing, but a new snowsuit can help nurture self-esteem and joy that children carry with them for the rest of their lives.

At the Snowsuit Fund, we’ve been helping children stay warm for over 40 years.

Past recipients have shared that getting snowsuits from the Snowsuit Fund as a child had a life-changing impact.

Daniel Roussy, Past Client

“I was about 6 or 7 years old when [my mom] turned to the Snowsuit Fund so I could play outside with the other kids. That snowsuit made me feel like a have versus feeling like a have-not. I think it was a green snowsuit and I played outside frequently in it. That was an amazing experience to have as a child.”

Oscar Arrieta, Past Client

“When I left the Snowsuit Fund depot that day, I was proud of my new jacket. I had no idea that a piece of clothing would give me confidence and change my life. I was warm heading off to school and I was active outdoors with friends all-year round.”

How your school can help

As a winter charity, our fundraising and service seasons are active September through March, but your school can help anytime!

  • Refer a family in need: If someone you know is in need of a snowsuit but is restricted by cost, spread the word about us!
  • Plan a FUNdraiser: Sell baked goods or hot chocolate, or charge a small registration fee for a tobogganing party and donate the proceeds! We can help with low-cost supplies and lend a hand on event day.
  • Host a donation drive: Collect toonies on Toonie Tuesday, promote an online donation page, or collect gently-used winter clothing and encourage students, teachers, and parents to donate! We can provide branded bins.
  • Participate in Snowsuit Fund events: Volunteer to decorate Smile Cookies or make a Snow Angel to raise awareness of the importance of a warm snowsuit!
Here’s how schools have supported the Snowsuit Fund in the past:
Sir Robert Borden students volunteering at the depot
St. Peter Knights spreading cheers and Smile Cookies
OCUA Winter Youth League donating snowsuits
ML Bradley braving the cold to make Snow Angels
Lisgar Collegiate joining the Snow Angel Challenge and winning a custom mural by Katerina Mertikas
Ashbury College hosting a snowsuit drive
Frank Ryan School’s long-standing tradition of the Turkey Trot of Hope
Kanata Montessori’s Cake Walk donates proceeds from ticket sales

Have an idea to support Schools for Snowsuits? Register your school today!