The 2013 Holiday Hamper Program by JCI Edmonton

We have hit our goal of 750 families!

Our goal was to provide food and gifts to 750 local families who cannot afford to do so on their own. With your help we were able to take on 12 inner city schools and hit our goal! Thank you for making a difference in your community this holiday season.

We can still use your help..

So now, if you are interested in being on our waiting list for donating a hamper to a family (this will put you first on our list for next year too), would like to make a cash donation, or if you want to volunteer your time to the 2013 Holiday Hamper Program on Delivery Day, we welcome your participation.  Click on the orange button to join the waiting list, or the click further down to make a donation through PayPal.

Junior Chamber International - Edmonton: Holiday Hamper Program Volunteer

Complete your “Hamper Elf” WAITING LIST Sign up form to donate a hamper and get started »

Holiday Hamper Cash Donations through PayPal

If you cannot sign up for a hamper and simply want to make a cash donation, please click the link below to go to our PayPal page.  Each $30 raised will go towards one turkey for a needy family.

This annual event has been creating positive change in our community for over 10 years! Once you sign up to participate you become one of our “Hamper Elves”. As an Elf you are committing to “adopt” a family that has been identified as being in need and then compile a hamper for that family. Each hamper includes ingredients for a holiday meal as well as gifts for the children.

On Saturday, December 14 all Hamper Elves meet at Northlands Expo Centre, pick up the address of your adopted family, a frozen turkey and roasting pan (provided by JCI Edmonton fundraising) and enjoy a cup of joe or hot cocoa with fellow Elves before heading out to hand-deliver your hamper. The Holiday Hamper Program is the highlight event of the year for JCI Edmonton and this project has been recognized nationally by JCI Canada as an outstanding initiative.

Click here to see pictures from 2012!

Creating and hand delivering a hamper to a family in need is an incredibly rewarding experience. Whether you’re interested in adopting a family or simply volunteering your time on the big day, we’d love to see you involved.

Corporate Holiday Hamper Flyer

Click here to download our Holiday Hamper Corporate Flyer, to learn more about how your company can get involved with the program!

Challenge your industry to get involved!

Use this “challenge email’ template to send to others in your industry and challenge them to donate to the Holiday Hamper Program

Email Signature

Use these email signatures for your company to let everyone know that you support the Holiday Hamper program.  Static and Dynamic

Delivery Day Map


Frequently Asked Questions

1. When do I learn about the family I’m preparing a hamper for?

On December 1st, JCI Edmonton will assign you a family number. At that time you will find out the composition of your hamper family members and their ages. For example: Mom, 5-year-old boy & 9-year-old girl.

2. How do I know what type of food to buy?

Once you register for the JCI Christmas Hamper Program, JCI Edmonton will provide you with a recommended grocery list. This grocery list is intended to act as a guide to purchase food for your hamper family. Turkeys and roasting pans are supplied by JCI Edmonton.
2013 Holiday Hamper Grocery List »

3. Do I need to include gifts for the children?

Yes, gifts for the children is an important part of the hamper. There is no stipulation on the amount that needs to be spent. Remember, these families have very little—no matter the size of the presents you purchase, you will change a child’s Christmas.

4. What should I assemble my hamper in?

The best thing to do is put all of the food and gifts in a laundry basket. Please remember to label your hamper(s) with the family number that will be provided to you on December 1st. Also, please wrap and label all presents. For example: “5 year old boy”.

5. What day and time are hampers delivered?

The hamper delivery date is scheduled for Saturday, December 14th. Delivery will take place between 10:00am and 1:00pm.
The meeting place for delivery is Northlands Edmonton Expo Centre, Hall TBD. After registering, you will be given the address of your family, as well as your turkey and roasting pan.

Thank you to Northlands as they continue to be a gracious sponsor in donating space for our event to take place.

6. What if I’m unable to deliver my hamper?

If you are unable to deliver your hamper, you need not worry. We have an army of volunteers to help us deliver hampers for those who cannot attend.
 Just let us know on your registration form.

7. Do I have to be a JCI member to participate?

No you don’t have to be a JCI member to participate—the more the merrier!

  • Recruit your friends, family, and co-workers to put together hampers.
  • Ask your company to donate hampers for a great cause!

8. How do I know the family I’m donating a hamper to is “in need?”

JCI Edmonton partners with eight inner-city schools and the Christmas Bureau of Edmonton to source the families in need. All families are qualified and cross-referenced through the Bureau to ensure that there are no duplications.

If you’re interested in getting involved, complete your volunteer application form to get started »

If you have any further questions or comments, please contact our Holiday Hamper Chair at