VIP Holiday Shopping Sprees

“We are simply speechless! My twins were ecstatic, and I was elated seeing my kids so happy. We enjoyed the atmosphere and the attention, and we cannot thank you enough for the gifts and the gift cards. It’s really beyond anything I could ever imagine.” – Yve, Starlight mom of 6-year-old Yvano, who lives with cerebral palsy and epilepsy

Between navigating hospital visits and medical challenges, the holidays can be particularly stressful for families with seriously ill children. To bring comfort and joy during this difficult season, Starlight families nationwide are treated to a private “Herb’s Secret Santa” shopping session at their local Toys“R”Us Canada, while the store is closed to the public!

Reaching 11 stores in Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario, and Quebec, this national holiday party provides a much-needed respite for families. Each Starlight child and their sibling(s) receive Toys“R”Us Canada gift cards to spend in-store, allowing them to choose their favorite toys and gifts! To bring even more holiday cheer, kids also get to meet Santa Claus, superheroes, princesses, and other beloved characters, creating lasting memories!

Beyond just the shopping spree festivities, each child also leaves with a Mega Play From Home Pack filled with toys, board games, crafts, and more, to ensure that the joy of the season continues to be felt at home! Programs like “Herb’s Secret Santa” not only provide tangible gifts but also emotional uplift, helping families create cherished memories amidst the difficulties of illness.