The Christmas Exchange is a local Ottawa charity (registration number 13097 9172 RR0001) that provides assistance in the form of either a food hamper or store gift certificate. The Exchange also manages a centralized database to co-ordinate the seasonal giving for over 300 community organizations, including the Salvation Army Toy Centre. This database not only ensures that assistance is distributed evenly and fairly and that no one in need is left out, it also helps avoid duplication of giving. In 2010 the savings to the community through the elimination of duplicate names was an estimated $600,000.
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