Dec 7, 2017: Update: Looking to Receive a Hamper?

The Christmas Hamper Project provides hampers to those individuals who have been referred to us by 5 social service agencies:  Centre 507, Centretown Emergency Food Centre, The Laundry Co-op, Dalhousie Food Cupboard and Salus.

At this late date, they are no longer referring recipients to us.

We suggest that you seek advice from your own social service agencies in your neighbourhood as to possibilities for other assistance this Christmas.  We wish you the best.

Dec 7, 2017: Update: Looking to Adopt a Hamper?

Hamper adoption is closed for 2017.  Thank-you for your
interest and please join us again next year.


How are the recipients of Christmas hampers identified?

The Christmas Hamper Project works with agencies to identify those families and individuals within their communities who would benefit from receiving a hamper at this time of year.  They include:   Centretown Emergency Food Centre, Centre 507, Dalhousie Food Cupboard, the Laundry Co-op,and Salus.

If you wish to receive a hamper, please contact your local community services agency.

I would like to receive a hamper.  How can I get one?

If you are a participant in one of the above programs, contact them early in the fall  to fill out a profile.  If not, speak to a similar community services agency in your own neighbourhood; they will know what community programs are available to you.

What does a hamper include?

The hamper includes one week of food and supplies, including a Christmas dinner, as well as small gifts and any special requests if supplies are available and appropriate.  e.g., toiletries, baby food, diapers, formula, clothing, toys, etc.

How can I help out?

The Christmas Hamper Project has something for everyone: 

  • Adopt a hamper (Donate a hamper) (grocery lists and specific needs are provided).
  • Help pack and carry for a two hour period.
  • Deliver hampers on 21 Dec; it is usually a two-three hour commitment.
  • Donate cash to cover turkeys and meat. (Please send a cheque made out to "Centretown United Church", 507 Bank Street, K2P 1Z5 indicating it is for the "Christmas Hamper Project". You can also donate online by clicking here and selecting the "Christmas Hampers Project" in the drop-down menu.)

FAQs for Hamper Donors:

If I donate a hamper, what does the grocery list include?

It includes the following:

  • Tetra Pak milk: 2 litres
  • Jar of instant coffee: 200 gm
  • Cranberry sauce: 398 ml
  • Stove Top stuffing: 129 gm
  • Jam (or unsweetened jam): 750 ml
  • Box of cereal: 750 gm
  • Juice: 48 oz can or bottle
  • Pasta: 1 kg
  • Spaghetti sauce: 795 ml
  • Soup – Chicken Noodle: 284 ml
  • Jar of pickles: 1 litre
  • Canned fruit cocktail: 398 ml
  • Salad dressing: 475 ml
  • Rice: 1 kg
  • Cheddar cheese: 500 gm
  • Eggs: 1 dozen
  • Margarine: 500 gm
  • Bag of coleslaw/salad: 798 gm
  • Carrots: 1 kg
  • Onions: 1 kg
  • White bread (unless brown is indicated): 1 loaf
  • Apples: 1 kg
  • Potatoes : 2 kg
  • Tangerines/Mandarin oranges: 1 kg
  • Hand soap: 3 bars
  • Shampoo: 828 ml
  • Liquid laundry detergent 2.21 litres
  • Toilet paper: 4 rolls
  • Toothbrushes: 1 per member of household
  • Toothpaste: 176 gm
  • Dishwashing liquid: 1 litre
  • Household cleaner (no aerosols): 1 litre

What about meat?

If you donate a hamper, the Project adds the following items at delivery: frozen turkey or steak or chicken; bacon; and ground beef; or Halal chicken.

What if the recipients are vegetarian, have food sensitivities or other restrictions?

Please make every effort to provide substitutes for meat or non-tolerated foods.

Do adopters have to stick to the list?

YES, it is important that all recipients receive the same quantities.

What about the special requests?  Do adopters have to supply everything?

It is only necessary to supply that which is on the standard list and small gifts.  If adopters want to add some of the special requests, they can do so according to their own budget, but are not obligated to do so.

I have some gently used toys  (decorations, bedding, clothing, etc.).  Can I add those?

The hampers are gifts from you to the recipients.  It is not usually considered appropriate to give used things as gifts, especially to people you don’t know.

Can I deliver the hamper myself?

It is important to keep the anonymity and privacy of the recipients and one way of doing this is to have separate volunteers deliver the hampers.

Can I drop off the hamper early on Thursday (the 21st)?

The delivery routes are planned in advance of delivery day and because the day starts early, all of the hampers must be in place and ready to deliver by Wednesday evening (the 20th).

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