YSM’s Toy Market, 2020

This will be a Christmas different from all others.

To keep everyone healthy and safe this year, we’ve engaged a new online app that allows donors to easily shop through YSM’s wish-list for toys and gift for the children in our community. The donated toys will be delivered directly to YSM and prepared by volunteers for community members to pick up their box of gifts.

We’re seeing more neighbours than ever before asking YSM for help with even the most basic of needs – food, clothing, healthcare, and more.

Up to 400 YSM families are turning to us for help to give their kids a holiday to remember.

They hope to have at least one special surprise for their children to open on Christmas morning – something to bring them joy!

We invite you to join us for this special event by donating toys or volunteering.

A teddy bear in a Christmas tree at YSM's Toy Market

If you are a community member who would like to access the Toy Market, please speak with your YSM contact or YSM care manager.

Donate Gifts through the Geenees App on your phone or tablet:

  1. Download the Geenees app on the App Store or Google Play. Click next on the “What is Geenees” screen?
  2. Select “Donor” when asked “Are you a…”
  3. Find and choose “Yonge Street Mission” for the organization of your choice
  4. Check the box that says “I agree to receive communication from this organization” and click the “Choose Organization” button.
  5. Sign up for an account or login.
  6. In YSM’s wish-list, click through an age category, review toy options and select the toys you wish to purchase. Once they are selected, click “Add to Cart”. Repeat in other age categories.
  7. Once you have all the gifts you would like to purchase, click on “Cart” and click “Buy on Amazon” to complete your purchases on Amazon. 
  8. Click “Yes – Add Address” on the question of “Want to add Yonge Street Mission’s address to your Amazon account?” This will ensure the toys are delivered to YSM. Click “Got It” to continue to Amazon and sign in or create you Amazon account.
  9. Yonge Street Mission’s address will appear on the screen, scroll to the bottom and click “Add Address”. Click “Got It”. You may be asked to confirm your password. For quick reference, our address is:
 Yonge Street Mission (c/o Jeff Abraham) 
306 Gerrard St. E., 
Toronto, ON, M5A 2G7
  10. The gifts are now in your Amazon cart. Proceed to checkout.
  11. Make sure to change the shipping address to YSM’s address, which will already be saved in your account. Complete the Amazon payment process and click “Place Your Order”. You will receive a confirmation screen.
  12. Return to the Geenee app. Click on the items you have purchased and click “Done” to mark your gifts as purchased.

Claiming your Tax Receipt (after your items have shipped):

  1. Please note that to claim a tax receipt your donation must have been $20.00 or greater and the amount claimed must match the amount on your receipts and/or your cash donation.
  2. Collect all purchase receipts (receipts can be accessed electronically through your Amazon account). If you chose to purchase at a different store please collect these receipts as well.
  3. Fill out the form here.

Donate Gifts to the Toy Market through the Geenees website:

  1. Go to share.geenees.co/org-ysm and create your Geenees Account.
  2. In YSM’s wish-list, click through the different age categories on the lefthand side, review toy options and select the toys you wish to purchase. Once they are selected, click “Add to Cart”.
  3. Click on the cart icon in the top right, there you will see the items you selected. Click “Buy on Amazon” at the bottom of the page.
  4. Click “Continue”, Amazon will open in a new tab. You may need to allow Geenees to open a pop-up. Keep both Geenees and Amazon open.
  5. In Amazon, click “Continue” to add the items to your cart. “Proceed to Checkout”, and sign into your Amazon account.
  6. Add a new shipping address by clicking on “Change” next to shipping address. Ship to Yonge Street Mission, c/o Jeff Abraham, 306 Gerrard St. E., Toronto, ON, M5A 2G7, 416-929-9614. In the drop-down menu, select “Don’t deliver on weekends”. This will ensure the toys are delivered to YSM.
  7. Fill in your payment information and shipping option. Then place your order.
  8. Return to the Geenees tab and click “Mark as Gifted”. Select the gifts you have purchased and click “Done.” If you have closed this window or purchase elsewhere, you can still return to your Geenees account and mark them as gifted without re-purchasing.

Claiming your Tax Receipt (after your items have shipped):

  1. Please note that to claim a tax receipt your donation must have been $20.00 or greater and the amount claimed must match the amount on your receipts and/or your cash donation.
  2. Collect all purchase receipts (receipts can be accessed electronically through your Amazon account). If you chose to purchase at a different store please collect these receipts as well.
  3. Fill out the form here.