Christmas Daddies - FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Christmas Daddies?

Christmas Daddies is an annual telethon held in early December. The telethon is a televised pledge-based variety show broadcast live on CTV. The program is a volunteer effort of the staff of CTV Atlantic and the station provides the airtime and equipment to make the production possible. A cast of hundreds – from the very young to the young at heart, volunteer their time to assist in the production. Duties include technical set up, taking phone pledges, running auctions and performing on the show. CTV and CTV Two personalities and special guests host the show, and encourage viewers to phone in and make pledges. As well, a large number of individuals, community groups and companies who have initiated their own fundraising efforts appear on the telethon to make cheque presentations. To read the story of how Christmas Daddies was started click here.

When is the Christmas Daddies Telethon?

The 54th Annual Christmas Daddies Telethon live broadcast is Saturday, December 2, 2017 from 11 am – 6 pm (Atlantic time) on CTV.

I want to organize a fundraiser for Christmas Daddies, what do I do?

Groups and individuals are always welcome to organize a fundraiser and present the funds to Christmas Daddies. We will even invite you to come appear on the telethon to present your cheque! Please contact the appropriate Christmas Daddies office (Halifax, Moncton, Sydney or PEI) and give us the details of what you would like to do! Send us an email and be sure to include all the facts: group name, contact name, address and phone number.  Tell us about your event: include date, time and location.

If you are holding a raffle draw or a 50/50 draw you will need to apply for a lottery license. Our office must first approve your event and provide you with a letter.  You can then apply for a lottery license!

To obtain a lottery licence:

Will I receive a charitable tax receipt for my donation?

Donations of $10 or more that include full name and complete mailing address will be issued a charitable tax receipt.

A complete mailing address must include civic address (apartment number if applicable), city/town and postal code.

Charitable tax receipts are issued by the Salvation Army and mailed by the end of February each year.

If you were expecting a charitable tax receipt and it did not arrive by the first week of March please contact the Mainland NS office and provide your donation details.

How can I present a cheque during the telethon?

Go to the contact page and select Halifax, Moncton, Sydney or PEI! Send an email and include your contact details: name, group or company name, mailing address and phone number.

Please contact us asap as those spots tend to fill rather quickly.

Someone will contact you and schedule a time for when representatives from your group will come to the CTV studios! We provide the big cheques to present on-air and we can easily accommodate a group of 4 -5 individuals. The funds you have raised will go back to your area!

How do I receive Christmas help?

Christmas Daddies helps Maritime families in need at Christmas time by providing toys to families with children.

The Salvation Army is our partner for the distribution and you must register to be on the list.

Contact your local Salvation Army. Click here to see locations in the Maritimes.

For residents In the Halifax Metro area, please see information below on how to register for Christmas help.

People wishing to apply must do so in person and will need to have NS Health Card for each member of the family.
Age Limit is children up to age 16.

LATE REGISTRATION BEGINS DECEMBER 12, 2016:

The Salvation Army Family Services
2038 Gottingen Street
Monday – Friday 9:-00 a.m.-12 a.m. & 1:00 p.m.  to 3:00 p.m.
Telephone: 902-422-1598

The days for pick up are as follows:

Spryfield – December 13th  ( noon  to 7:00 p.m.)
The Salvation Army Spryfield Community Church – 328 Herring Cove Road

Dartmouth – December 13th ( noon to 7:00 p.m.) – The Salvation Army Dartmouth Community Church – 171 Main Street Dartmouth

Barrington – December 14th ( Noon to 7:00 p.m.) The Salvation Halifax Citadel Community Church –  1327 Barrington St.

Sackville – December 15th  – ( Noon to 7:00 p.m.) – The Salvation Army Sackville Corps – 51 Metropolitan Avenue

Fairview – December 15th ( Noon to 7:00 p.m.) – The Salvation Army Fairview Citadel – 50 Gesner Street

Storm Date December 16th  at whatever location people were supposed to go to

Overflow December 20th at Centre of Hope on 2038 Gottingen Street from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

If you are on income assistance and have questions about the pink form you received, please visit the Feed Nova Scotia website
or call 902-457-2849. If you are on Income Assistance and have not received a pink application form, please contact your case worker.

How are the Christmas Daddies funds used?

The funds raised through the Christmas Daddies program provide toys, food and clothing for less fortunate children during the Christmas season. The Salvation Army distributes these funds throughout Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. Funds are returned to the area from which they originated,  as an example a donation from Bridgewater goes back to Bridgewater.

Last year alone, more than 17,000 Maritime children received toys, food and clothing at Christmas because donors contributed to the Christmas Daddies Telethon.

How can I perform on the Christmas Daddies Telethon?

Because our telethon’s goal is to help children at Christmas, we only accept musical selections with a Christmas theme.

Your performance must be 3 MINUTES or less in length.

You must record and upload to YouTube a recording of the song you wish to perform (recording does not have to be professional quality).

You can make the YouTube upload private and send us a link with your application.

Download the Talent application form here. Fill in the form and email it back to us!

Deadline for applications is October 31st each year. If that date falls on a weekend, applications will be accepted on Monday.

How can I donate an auction item?

For more information on how to donate an item for auction, please visit our auction page.

If I am the successful bidder on an auction item will I receive a tax receipt?

If an auction item is purchased, a receipt is issued for the portion above and beyond the value received by you. For example, you have paid $100 for an autographed book – the fair market value of the book is $25. The eligible amount of the receipt is $75.

How can I bid on an auction item?

Bids are taken over the phone during the live broadcast.

The last bids are taken by phone at 5 pm (Atlantic).

We will request all bidders to provide contact information the first time they call in before placing a bid:  name, address and two phone numbers where you can be reached.

Top bidders for each item will be requested to verify their bid by one of the following methods:

  1. providing a valid credit card
  2. fax or email a copy of a void cheque

If you plan to bid during the final hours of the telethon it is recommended that you call earlier in the day to register!

You can also join the live action as an “in studio bidder”.

Contact us to join Steve Murphy in the studio during the next live broadcast.

I missed the telethon! Can I watch online?

Yes! To watch the 2015 Telethon click here. Please visit our YouTube Channel.

There are many more great Christmas Daddies videos.

How much money does the Christmas Daddies Telethon raise?

The Christmas Daddies Telethon has raised over $28 million since 1964. For more details and total amounts raised per year, as well as a breakdown by region, please see the Amounts Raised section on the Telethon page.

If I missed watching the Telethon, can I still donate?

It’s never too late to donate!

Pick your method:

  1. Click on our donate page and use Visa or MasterCard.
  2. Visit an RBC in Atlantic Canada with cash, money order or check.
  3. Drop a check or money order in the mail made payable to Christmas Daddies click here for mailing address.

Donations received before December 31st are eligible for a charitable tax receipt in that year.  Donations received after January 1st are eligible for a tax receipt of that year.

Can I volunteer for the Christmas Daddies Telethon?

No. Traditionally, our volunteer positions are filled from within CTV by employees, family members and friends. The job of answering phones is filled by Bell Aliant Employee Volunteers and Bell Aliant Pioneers.

What fundraising events are organized throughout the year?

Check our news and events page for a list of the latest fund raisers and news updates.

In previous years the Christmas Daddies Association of Halifax held additional fund raisers such as a Spring Fashion Show, a Black Tie Dinner & Auction and an Annual Golf Tournament. It has been decided to concentrate efforts on the telethon, and these events no longer take place. However, some groups such as Big Leagues Beverage Room, Daddies Angels and the Fleet Diving Unit (Atlantic) hold fundraising events on our behalf throughout the year. If you wish to hold such an event yourself, please contact your local Christmas Daddies office for information and guidelines. Your efforts are very much appreciated!

Can I purchase older versions of the Telethon from years gone by?

We are often asked for broadcasts from older archived shows in the 60s, 70s and 80s. We do not have them.

The earliest recorded telethons available begin in 1990.

We do not have the ability to isolate one performance or appearance.

We are slowly adding past telethons to our YouTube Channel.

We encourage you to check out our YouTube Channel.

Who founded Christmas Daddies?

Read the whole story about the History of The Christmas Daddies in our History Section.

How can I honour my Christmas Daddies pledge?

You can donate online with Visa Or MasterCard at any time!

Pledges can be honoured at any branch of the Royal Bank in the Maritimes from December 1st-January 31st each year.
(RBC branch locator)

Or at any Credit Union location on Cape Breton!

Cheques or money orders can be mailed at anytime to the following offices:

  • Mainland Nova Scotia
  • Cape Breton
  • New Brunswick
  • Prince Edward Island

Please be sure to honour your pledge (or make a donation) on or before December 31st to be eligible for a charitable tax receipt next tax season!

How do I contact Christmas Daddies?

Visit our Contact page for all of our contact information.

Can I watch online?

Yes! Watch online on Saturday, December 3, 2016 from 11 am – 6 pm Atlantic Time.