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Stock the shelves of our Christmas Hamper Store for our Community

Families in our community are amazing. Parents on low-incomes work so hard to provide for their kids. At Christmas and during difficult seasons such as the Covid-19 pandemic, we know that the financial burden can be just too much. When you stock the shelves of UGM’s Christmas Hamper Store, you provide gifts, grocery gift cards, and other essential household needs for hundreds of families. 

You can choose to deliver the physical gifts to UGM or to sponsor the cost listed. All physical donations must be brand new only, and need to arrive at UGM by latest November 27th.
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How it Works

We are looking to offer holiday gifts to 335 families and 150 seniors this year for Christmas and we can’t do it without your help!


Sign up to stock the shelves of our Christmas Hamper Store with gifts. Donations will still be accepted until November 27th, or until we fulfill the need.


The store opens on November 9th to low-income families who have applied to receive support this Christmas. Parents can shop the shelves you’ve stocked until the week before Christmas for presents for their families.


Families in our community are uplifted this Christmas through treats and gifts YOU have provided!

Frequently Asked Questions

UGM’s Christmas Hamper Store, a redesign of our previous Christmas Hamper Program, aims to alleviate the stresses of the holiday season for low-income families in a dignified, empowering way. When parents sign up to receive Christmas support, our outreach workers will be able to build relationships with them and learn more about how UGM can come alongside to support them year-round. It’s an opportunity for meaningful connection and families get to shop for free in our Christmas Hamper Store.

This year families will need your help more than ever! We’ve seen a great increase in families approaching us for help since the pandemic began. To respond to the huge financial pressure that many parents are facing due to COVID-19, we have expanded our program to provide for an extra 100 families.

To keep families safe, they will still have the opportunity to shop with an outreach worker and choose their gift items from our Hamper Store, but this will be done virtually or over the phone. Because this will take more time, we will hold these appointments with recipients between November 16th and December 23rd. This is why we ask donors to consider donating earlier than usual to our Christmas Hamper Program.

For the safety of our donors, we are also able to offer the option of shipping gifts to us instead of delivering them (please contact us for proper shipping information). As well, you are welcome to give money towards the gifts instead of bringing gift items to us. Your donation will enable our outreach workers to purchase the necessary items to stock the shelves of our store.

Support a family or senior in our community by donating money or items (brand new only, please) to the Christmas Hamper program. This year, we have an online catalogue where you can choose exactly which age groups you pledge to donate items for. If you’d prefer to donate money towards this program, you now have the option of donating the cost for the items you select online, and our outreach workers will purchase these items to ensure our Hamper Store shelves are stocked.

You choose how much you would like to contribute to our Christmas Hamper program! This year, with our new website, you can select what you would like to provide, and therefore you control how much you’d like to give.

We have listed these as examples to guide you on what parents and children are asking for this Christmas. Feel free to provide what you think fits the description. If there’s something else you think might be useful but not listed at all, please contact to check with our team.
The prices provided are listed to give an idea of the value of each item. They are based on an approximate cost in major department stores. If you are purchasing these items to deliver to UGM, you do not need to spend exactly the amount that’s listed.

Yes! We have a separate Christmas Cart program for senior women in our community. Each senior who receives a cart gets items such as mittens, toiletries and a gift card. You can provide items for our Christmas Cart program by clicking here.

After checking out you’ll receive an email with instructions on where to deliver the items and times that you can come by to drop off the items. Included in this email is also a P.O. Box address that you can mail in the gifts to if you would prefer that method of delivery. We will also provide instructions for drop-off to make sure we can all practice safe COVID-19 precautions. Please remember to bring in only brand new items for donations, to ensure a fully dignifying experience for families.

You will still be able to deliver gifts to stock the shelves of the Christmas Hamper Store after November 8th.  However, our goal is to have at least half the store filled by November 8th as we have families starting to shop on November 9th.  Due to COVID-19 precautions we’re taking, we’ve spread out the shopping time in the Christmas Hamper Store for families in the community over the month of November and December. Please contact to schedule deliveries after November 8th. 

You can email our team at, or call us at 604.253.3323 ext. 492