Giving your presence can be the best present this holiday season. Throughout the hustle and bustle of checking off Christmas lists, it can be easy to overlook what’s most important: spending quality time with loved ones and giving what you have to offer. So this year, challenge yourself to dig even deeper into the holidays by opening your heart to your Edmonton neighbours.
Since 1940, the Christmas Bureau has committed to delivering hundreds of sponsored hampers to Edmonton families, seniors, and individuals annually. The Christmas Bureau invites you to give the gift of the simplest of traditions by sharing a meal. With every dollar donated, $0.80 cents go directly into assisting Christmas Bureau of Edmonton families. Volunteer work from a wide range of activities – hamper packing to hamper delivery, office support, to running donation desks – is welcome from all corners of the city. It’s a great way to help businesses engage their employees and give back during the holiday season in a more hands-on way!
For over 13 years, Junior Chamber International (JCI) Edmonton has offered the Annual Holiday Hamper program as a positive contribution to the local community. The goal is simple: to provide food and gifts to over 850 less fortunate families. Through the strengths, resources, and abilities from volunteers, the holiday hamper program fills its members with a sense of enrichment that comes from doing good in the community. JCI is still working toward meeting this year’s fundraising goal, so there are plenty of opportunities to lend your support. By becoming a “Hamper Elf,” you can “adopt” a family and a compile a personalized hamper.
With every holiday sushi platter purchase until January 3rd, 10% of our proceeds will be donated to the Callaghan community to help the development of playgrounds. We are helping bring families together, one sushi platter at a time.
If you’re strapped for cash this holiday season, but still want to give back to our community, here are five easy ways to donate without spending a dime:
- Donate surplus food.
- Share your expertise or knowledge by hosting workshops to share specialized training and expertise your friends, colleagues or students can learn from.
- Spend quality time with a neighbor or friend.
- Volunteer at a shelter.
- Donate clothing and gifts.