National Survey - Canada's Worst Mother's Day Gifts

A Chainsaw and Divorce Papers among Worst Gifts

MARKHAM, ON, May 8, 2012 /CNW/ - When it comes to Mother's Day gifts, it's the thought that counts—or so they say.  Deep down, however, moms yearn for a pleasant surprise.

The national survey results released by the Christian Children's Fund of Canada (CCFC) reveal that moms don't always receive what they wish for on Mother's Day.

Here are some of the worst gifts moms across Canada say they've unwrapped:

1.     A chainsaw
2.     Divorce papers
3.     Household appliances
4.     Cookbooks
5.     Oversized clothing
6.     Frying pans
7.     Oven mitts
8.     Shoehorns
9.     Vegetable shredder
10.   White noise machine

But there is a way out for the struggling gift giver; 89 per cent of moms surveyed say that they would feel "honored" if they received a gift from a charitable gift catalogue.

"Every mother deserves to be celebrated on this special holiday," says Mark Lukowski, CCFC's Chief Executive Officer.  "When you help mothers halfway around the world feed and provide for their children, you give them confidence and experience to support others in need."

CCFC offers a wide variety of options through its own gift catalogue and can help make this Mother's Day more memorable.  Essentials such as vegetable garden seeds, fruit trees, garden tools, medicine, blankets and health education for pregnant women are just some of the gifts available to honor the most important woman in your life and help support moms living in extreme poverty around the world.

To make a difference and browse through CCFC's gift catalogue, go to

These are the findings of an Ipsos Reid poll conducted on behalf of CCFC.  A sample of 527 Canadian mothers was interviewed.  Weighting was employed to balance demographics and ensure the sample's composition reflects Census data. A survey with an unweighted probability sample of this size and a 100% response rate would have an estimated margin of error of +/-4.3 percentage points.

About Christian Children's Fund of Canada and ChildFund Alliance

For more than 50 years, Christian Children's Fund of Canada (CCFC) has helped children and families of all faiths break the cycle of extreme poverty around the world.  CCFC is a member of ChildFund Alliance, a network of 12 child development organizations whose work encompasses more than 15 million children and their families in 55 countries with total revenue of more than $500 million (CAD). Visit

SOURCE Christian Children's Fund of Canada

For further information:

Philip Maher, Communications Director 
Office: 905-754-1015 
Mobile: 416-454-1620 

Maja Begovic, Communications Officer 
Office: 905-754-1001 ext. 330 
Mobile: 416-731-9338 

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