What is the Holiday Hamper Program?
Once the families have been identified by the schools and cross-referenced with the Christmas Bureau, members of the community sign up to adopt a family and become Hamper Elves.
On December 1st, the adopted family information is assigned and distributed – and it's time for the Hamper Elves to go shopping! The Holiday Hamper Committee fundraises throughout the year to provide the turkeys and roasting pans for each hamper, while the Elves provide the gifts and groceries to complete it.
Delivery Day happens at least one week prior to December 25. Any undeliverable hampers are distributed to participant schools through on-site school reps or taken to Sacred Heart Church in inner-city Edmonton. Nothing is wasted!
How do I know what type of food to buy?
Once you have received the confirmation email on December 1, you will know what dietary restrictions your adopted family has (if any). With this information, you can download the grocery list to see all the recommended food items.
Do I need to buy gifts for the children? Is there a spending limit?
Yes, purchasing gifts for the children is required. We recommend spending $20 per child, although there is no maximum limit.
When do I deliver my hamper(s)?
The Holiday Hamper Delivery Day is scheduled for Saturday, December 14, 2019. Please arrive at the Edmonton Expo Centre between 9:30 AM and 1:00 PM to pick up your family addresses, turkeys, roasting pans, and fresh produce.
What do I ship my hamper in?
We recommend purchasing large Tupperware containers; however, anything that can hold all the groceries and presents is adequate.
What if I cannot adopt a family, but still want to contribute to the program.
Any support provided will be greatly appreciated. If you are unable to adopt a family, you are encouraged to Donate to the program. Every $30 buys a turkey for a family in need!