Operation Christmas Child

It's Official:

The Olive Branch went over the goal of 200 Shoeboxes - and instead, you packed 225!

Your generosity means that Shoeboxes are on their way to bless struggling children in the developing world this Christmas. And it's all because of the ministry of Samaritan's Purse - and YOU! 

World Vision

On Sunday November 20th @ 10 AM, The Olive Branch will be hosting World Vision and giving you an opportunity to sponsor a child. This will NOT be your typical sponsorship event! It is an opportunity for you to say YES to sponsoring a child and for you to be Chosen. Click on the pic below to participate in this Chosen sponsorship opportunity.

Purchase a Christmas gift on behalf of an incarcerated parent. Angel Tree Christmas is a program of Prison Fellowship Canada that connects church communities and individuals with the families of prisoners through the delivery of a Christmas gift on behalf of the incarcerated parent. The goal of this program is to transform a painful season into a joyful and memorable one for both the child and incarcerated parent. Sharing the hope and love of Jesus during this time can also strengthen family ties and help reduce the probability of reoffending. This year we will be supporting 10 children. If you and your family would like to help purchase a gift of no more than $35 for a child, please sign up at the button below:

To learn more about the Angel Tree Christmas program, go to the button below:

Regent Park

Church in Regent Park

Serve a warm meal to individuals and families struggling with food insecurity. During COVID Church in Regent Park had been serving takeout meals to the community every Saturday, but they are now able to provide a sit down meal once again. This opportunity is great for all ages. Sign up to serve on Saturday November 19th or Saturday December 17th from 4:00 - 7:00 PM at 306 Gerrard St E, Toronto (The Yonge Street Mission building)

Want to join us? Go to the button below:

City Street Outreach

City Street Outreach

Donate or serve with City Street Outreach

Drop off new toys for children of all ages for City Street’s toy drive. The Olive Branch will be collecting toys from November 27th to December 18th

Help keep people warm by donating new or gently used blankets, sleeping bags, and men’s and women’s mittens. TOB will be collecting these items beginning November 27th to December 18th

Join City Street during their Christmas Day outreach from 12:00 to 2:00 PM. They will be serving sandwiches, coffee and snacks. Interested in participating? Email our City Street Brand Ambassador: Brian Reynolds, at info@citystreetoutreach.org

Go to the button below to learn more: 

Fight 4 Freedom

Donate or write letters to survivors of sex trafficking 

Donate items to packaged into gift bags and distributed by Fight 4 Freedom during their outreach events. We are collecting the following items: Travel sized body wash and hand lotion, small loofah, nail file, and nail polish. The Olive Branch will be collecting these items from November 27th to December 11th. Please make sure all donation items are new.

Write an encouraging note to survivors of sex trafficking and let them know that they are not alone. The Olive Branch will be collecting the encouragement cards from November 27th to December 11th. Go to the button below for suggestions of what can be written in the card.

Go to the button below to learn more about the ministry of Fight 4 Freedom.

Salvation Army's Toy Mountain

Donate your time by sorting toys for Salvation Army’s Toy Mountain Campaign. 

Through their Toy Mountain Campaign Salvation Army seeks to provide help and hope to families struggling to make ends meet. We will be serving on Saturday December 3rd from 9:00 AM to 12 Noon at the Markham location (181 Whitehall Drive). Go to the button below to sign up.

Lots of great things have happened in Branch Out during 2021 & 2022

Go to the button below to read more about it:

Click the pic below to see how your generosity to The Olive Branch has made a difference this year!

Branch Out is The Olive Branch commitment to being 'out there', out there where the needs are, passionately engaged in the struggles of others.

Responsible to make God's love visible, we partner with other agencies to serve those whom Jesus calls 'blessed': who struggle because of poverty, injustice, serious illness or social alienation.

Throughout the year we will have various 'Branch Out Initiatives' where we put out the call to the church to be involved with a special need or project. No two projects are the same. Interested in being a part of it? Email branchout@tob.ca for more info

Throughout the year Branch Out efforts are focused on three main strategic thrusts:

COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS

Branch Out supports and encourages community organizations that work effectively with the poor and distressed in the GTA and abroad. The support is in the form of volunteers, financial resources, special projects and visibility within our church community. Go to the button below for a list of our current community partners.

COMMUNITY ASSISTANCE

  • Branch Out provides direct help to those in distress in our community by providing both volunteers and financial assistance. Volunteers provide a range of care, including meal support, visitation, prayer support, assistance in transportation and moving, etc. Care Planners, in partnership with Restore Canada are available to assist in more complex cases, when many types of assistance are required to help people build and cross a bridge to a healthier and more sustainable life.
  • Interested in becoming a Care Planner or a volunteer within our Care Network? Contact BranchOut@tob.ca
  • Need assistance? Email BranchOut@tob.ca or contact Help@Restore.org

COMMUNITY AND CONGREGATIONAL INITIATIVES

Branch Out will support community outreach opportunities initiated by members of the congregation or by ministries within The Olive Branch. We want to give people the tools, confidence and support to engage in their world in a missional way.

One current example of this is The Olive Branch Gym Nights. A few years ago, two families in the church wanted to rent a school gym where they could invite neighbourhood and church families to play together and build community. With the financial support of Branch Out they have continued to run this program.

This story is an example of us living up to the statement that "we got your back" when church attenders act as the hands and feet of Jesus to serve people in the community.

We will also support ministry leaders as they plan events and initiatives that intentionally engage our community or encourage the congregation to share the good news of Jesus in their neighbourhoods, schools, workplaces and social communities. (i.e. camp, community carnival/block party, praying for schools, etc.)

We want to support people to connect with their neighbours, build community, and shine the light of Jesus wherever they are.