Christmas Daddies - FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Christmas Daddies is the fundraiser and the Salvation Army is our distribution partner for these funds.
Salvation Army also manages the registration for toys, gifts and food at Christmastime.
You need to register to be on the list.

Click here to discover the Salvation Army location closest to you.

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.

Click here for channel listings for the CTV Christmas Daddies Telethon.  To watch on line go to CTVAtantic.ca

The 59th Annual Christmas Daddies Telethon will be broadcast on
Saturday, December 3, 2022 on CTV2
from 11 am to 6 pm (Atlantic)

Along with the television live broadcast, the Telethon will also be live streamed so you can watch online.

You can make a donation to Christmas Daddies anytime!
Donations must be received by December 31 to be eligible for a charitable tax receipt in the current year.

Donations can be made online at anytime! We accept Visa, Visa Debit, MasterCard and American Express.

Or by one of the following methods:

1) Mail a cheque, or money order made payable to CTV Christmas Daddies.
Mailing address:
Christmas Daddies
C/O CTV HALIFAX
PO BOX 1653
HALIFAX NS B3J 2Z4

2) By Pay Pal – please note, if you would like to receive a charitable tax receipt for your donation of $10 or more,
include donor first name, last name, complete mailing address, including postal code in the message box when sending.
Alternately, if you called the toll free number on Telethon day, you would have been given a Donation ID # and you can include that number in the message box. Click here to be directed to PayPal.
Note: Donor first name, last name, complete mailing address, including postal code are required for a charitable tax receipt to be issued. Charitable tax receipts are issued by the Salvation Army and will be sent via email in January and February.

3) By e-transfer please use email address
christmas.daddies@bellmedia.ca
If your bank requires a password (not all banks do) use the word
donation
If you would like to receive a charitable tax receipt for your donation of $10 or more,
include donor first name, last name, complete mailing address, including postal code in the message when sending.

Alternately, if you called the toll free number on Telethon day, you would have been given a Donation ID # and you can include that number in the message box.

4) In Cape Breton, pledges can also be honoured at Credit Unions in the month of December.

5) At RBC locations in December in the Maritime provinces only.

Charitable tax receipts are issued by the Salvation Army and will be sent in January and February.

Visit our Contact page for all of our contact information, but before you do please continue reading this FAQ section, we have our most popular questions answered here!

50 /50 TICKETS ARE SOLD ONLINE ONLY!
You must use a credit card and you can only participate in the province in which live.
These are provincial  lottery rules, not ours, sorry!

Ticket prices:

  • One (1) for $5
  • Three (3) for $10
  • Twenty (20) for $20
  • Fifty nine (59) for $50 – That’s 59 tickets for the 59th Annual Christmas Daddies Telethon

Click here  to buy 50/50 tickets online.


Sorry no, your purchase is considered a “Game of Chance” and  you have an opportunity to win, you do not also receive the benefit of a charitable tax receipt.
This is a Canada Revenue Agency ruling, not ours.

No.
You must use a credit card as you only buy tickets in the province you live in. The name and address you use to purchase ticket(s) should be an exact match for the name & billing address for the credit card used to purchase the tickets.

No.
The name and address you use to purchase ticket(s) should be an exact match for the name & billing address for the credit card used to purchase the ticket(s).
A ticket is only sold to the authorized holder of the credit card used at the time of purchase. “Authorized holder” is defined as the person who is assigned the credit card by the bank or financial institution which provided the credit card. ONLY ONE NAME IS PERMITTED ON A TICKET WHEN PURCHASED. A cheque will be made payable to the name on the verified winning ticket. You must use a credit card as you only buy tickets in the province you live in. Provincial lottery rules, not ours, sorry!

If you’re having problems, didn’t receive an email with ticket numbers or have questions about online 50/50 tickets tickets click here for help.

This year, all performances must be pre-recorded (by the performer) and submitted to Christmas Daddies in advance. Fill in the form and submit!

DUE DATE for video submissions & application forms is
October 11, 2022 at 11:59 pm (Atlantic).

Click here for the  Talent Application Form

Click here for details on How to Record a Video Note: your video submission is final and not considered an “audition”.
If selected, the video you submit will be what we include on the show, so send us your best work!
You can submit your talent application anytime before the deadline and then submit your video later.
However, please ensure your video is labelled as the performers name.
Please submit your recorded video performance using wetransfer.com to christmas.daddies@bellmedia.ca

Submitting a Talent Application Form does not guarantee your performance will be included in the live broadcast.
All talent submissions are at the discretion of Telethon producers.

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

Your performance must not be longer than THREE MINUTES and 30 seconds in length.

All applicants will be contacted after final decisions have been made in November.

Yes!

If you would like to receive a charitable tax receipt for your donation of $10 or more,
include donor first name, last name, complete mailing address, including postal code in the
“Add a note” section  (or click – Share your Mailing address with C.D Fundraising Association) to allow us to see your address and send you a charitable tax receipt. We promise you won’t receive any other emails or mail from us!

Click here to be directed to PayPal.

Alternately, if you called the toll free number on Telethon day, you would have been given a Donation ID # and you can include that number in the “Add a note” section.

What if I sent an donation and didn’t provide my address?
Easy! Email us with your confirmation number and complete mailing address & we will take care of it!

According to CRA guidelines only one donor name can appear on a charitable tax receipt.
ie. John Smith not John & Betty Smith or The Smith Family.

Donations received before December 31st are eligible for a charitable tax receipt in the current year.

Charitable tax receipts are issued by the Salvation Army and will be sent via email in January and February.

Yes! please use email address
christmas.daddies@bellmedia.ca
If your bank requires a password (not all banks do) use the word
donation

If you would like to receive a charitable tax receipt for your donation of $10 or more,
include donor first name, last name, complete mailing address, including postal code in the message when sending.

Alternately, if you called the toll free number on Telethon day, you would have been given a Donation ID # and you can include that number in the message box.

According to CRA guidelines only one donor name can appear on a charitable tax receipt.  ie. John Smith not John & Betty Smith or The Smith Family.

Donations received before December 31st are eligible for a charitable tax receipt in the current year.

Charitable tax receipts are issued by the Salvation Army and will be sent in January and February.

Donations can be made online at anytime! We accept Visa or MasterCard

Telethon organizers are encouraging donors to make donations by one of the following methods:

1) Mail a cheque, or money order made payable to CTV Christmas Daddies click here for mailing address

2) By sending payments via e-transfer to christmas.daddies@bellmedia.ca
If your bank requires a password, use the word donation

3) By Pay Pal

4) In Cape Breton, pledges can also be honoured at Credit Unions in the month of December.

Donations must be received by December 31 to be eligible for a charitable tax receipt in the current year.

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.

It’s never too late to donate!

If you would like a charitable tax receipt include first & last name, complete mailing address including postal code.
We are not able to issue charitable tax receipts without this information.

Pick your donation method of choice:

Telethon organizers are encouraging donors to make donations by one of the following methods:

1) Donations can be made online at anytime! We accept Visa or MasterCard

2) Mail a cheque, or money order made payable to CTV Christmas Daddies click here for mailing address

3) Send  via e-transfer to christmas.daddies@bellmedia.ca
If your bank requires a password use
donation

4) Click here to be directed to PayPal

5) In Cape Breton, pledges can also be honoured at Credit Unions in the month of December.

6) Donations can be made at RBC location in the Maritimes in the month of December.

Donations must be received by December 31 to be eligible for a charitable tax receipt in the current year.

Donations received after January 1st are eligible for a tax receipt of that year.

Please note that your charitable tax receipt is issued by The Salvation Army.

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.

According to CRA guidelines only one donor name can appear on a charitable tax receipt, ie. John Smith not John & Betty Smith or The Smith Family.

Charitable tax receipts are issued by the Salvation Army and mailed by the end of February each year. If you made your donation via the website your charitable tax receipt will be sent by email.

If you were expecting a charitable tax receipt and it did not arrive by the first week of March please contact the Christmas Daddies office and provide your donation details including full name, complete address and how you paid your donation.

What if I donated on the NAVY DIVERS GoFundMe Page?
If a donor making a contribution through the Go Fund Me page would like a charitable tax receipt, that individual will need to forward their Go Fund Me receipt (received via email from Go Fund Me) to  us at christmas.daddies@bellmedia.ca and include their full name, complete mailing address, including postal code. Note: Charitable tax receipts are issued in January & February and will be sent by email. Donations of $10 or more are eligible.

What if I purchased 50/50 tickets in the online Jackpot?
Sorry but no, because your purchase is considered a “Game of Chance” it does not qualify for a charitable tax receipt.

Click  here for all the details!

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.

No.

Christmas Daddies and the IWK Foundation are two different organizations. People sometimes confuse us as the same  organization, as both Telethons are broadcast on CTV and both Telethons help Maritime Children.

CTV Christmas Daddies is broadcast on the first Saturday in December. Christmas Daddies is a nonprofit organization. The production is a volunteer effort of the staff of CTV Atlantic TV stations. Christmas Daddies raises funds to provide for less fortunate children at Christmas. Funds raised are distributed by the Salvation Army.

The IWK Telethon is broadcast in early June. The IWK Foundation is a registered charity.  Donations fund world-class care for women, children, youth and families in the Maritimes at the IWK hospital in Halifax, NS. Here is their link.

The 2023 Christmas Daddies Calendar is now available at Giant Tiger locations in the Maritimes!
Retail price is $12 plus tax.
Buy online this year!
The 2022 Christmas Daddies calendars SOLD OUT last year! So don’t delay in getting your shopping done!

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

Yes! Please visit our YouTube Channel. There are many more great Christmas Daddies videos.

Yes!

The Christmas Daddies Online Auction begins
December 1, 2022 at 12 Noon (Atlantic)
and bidding will end during the 59th Annual Telethon
Saturday, Dec 3, 2022 at 5 pm (Atlantic) broadcast on CTV2 and online.

This online auction will feature a variety of items to bid on in every price range!

Maybe it’s time to do some Christmas shopping?

 

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.

Unfortunately this year, we are not able to invite guests into our CTV Studios to present a cheque, due to COVID restrictions. We are sorry!

If you have a donation you would like to include in the 2022 Christmas Daddies Telethon please call toll free 1 844  400 1964 during the Telethon.

 

A live stream of the  Christmas Daddies Telethon will be available during the live broadcast, visit the CTV Atlantic webpage to watch online on the scheduled broadcast date.

June 15, 2022 – We were saddened to learn the Empty Stocking Fund of Saint John will be no more. On behalf of all of us at Christmas Daddies Telethon, we thank you for looking after the children of Saint John for all these years! Do not worry; we will step up to fill those stockings!
As we have always done, donations are returned to the area where they come from.
Donations received from Saint John, NB will be distributed back to children in need in Saint John through our wonderful distribution partner, The Salvation Army.
Performers of Saint John and surrounding area can perform on our Telethon!

Look for the Talent Application button on our homepage.

Due to COVID-19 restriction in-studio bidding will not take place this year.
Please call 1 844 400 1964 and press 2 between 11 am – 430 pm
during the live broadcast to place your bid for items on the Main Auction with Steve!

For a list of Main Auction items to bid on by phone click here.

Did you know we also have an online auction ?
Check back closer to the Telethon date to do some online bidding!

Groups and individuals are always welcome to organize a fundraiser!
Please contact the Christmas Daddies office (it doesn’t matter what region you are from – New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Cape Breton or Mainland Nova Scotia) give us the details of what you would like to do. Please 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:

The funds raised through the Christmas Daddies program provide food, toys and gifts 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, NS goes back to Bridgewater.

Last year alone, more than 14,000 Maritime children and parents received food, toys and gifts at Christmas because donors contributed to the Christmas Daddies Telethon.

So you want to be a Christmas Daddies volunteer ?
You can be a “Christmas Daddies Ambassador” by following us on Social Media and liking our posts!

We are unable to accept additional volunteers at this  time! 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 Pioneers.

We encourage groups, businesses or individuals to organize a fundraiser. If this is something you want to do, please contact our office.

If you would like to help the Salvation Army, our partner in the distribution of toys and gifts, in their toy packing centres or on distribution days please reach out to your local Salvation Army.

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 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 the Christmas Daddies office for information and guidelines. Your efforts are very much appreciated!

No. 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.

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

We are known as Christmas Daddies, however our registered non—profit name is
C.D. Fundraising Association
Nova Scotia Registry of Joint Stock Companies # 3028464

We are not a registered charity with Canada Revenue Agency but have an official agreement with
The Salvation Army Maritime Division as our distribution partner.
The Salvation Army also issues charitable tax receipts to Christmas Daddies donors on our behalf.

CRA#  10795 1618 RR 0453