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Providing a Festive Meal to Edmonton Families in Need
Ways to Donate
It’s not too late to donate. Donations accepted year round!
* Donate online
“When I was very young, I remember that special day that came once a year right before Christmastime. My mom would wait by the window with sheer excitement for her Christmas Bureau food hamper. A very nice person would always come and ring our doorbell carrying that big box that brought so much joy to my mom. We always had the best Christmas dinner because of the delicious treats donated by really big-hearted people. I have never forgotten how the kindness of others helped my mother get through a very difficult time in our lives. I knew that one day I wanted to be able to return that joy to others, just as the Christmas Bureau did for us!”
Daisy, past client and current Christmas Bureau supporter
Who We Help
Many clients turn to the Christmas Bureau for a year or two for help during a difficult time. Some have lost their jobs or faced a medical crisis that has left them unable to work. Some, particularly single parents, have returned to school to improve their family’s circumstances. Some have moved to Canada for a better life but struggle with the costs of settling in a new city. And some, especially seniors and Edmonton’s working poor, face a day-to-day battle to meet their needs on a fixed- or low-income.
We work with over 100 social service agencies who refer their clients to the Christmas Bureau. Non-denominational and available to all in need, we provide a one-stop application process for Edmontonians in need of a festive meal, toys for children under 12 (630 CHED Santas Anonymous) and teen gift cards (Edmonton Sun Adopt-A-Teen Program). Learn more about the Christmas Bureau here.
Established in 1940, the Christmas Bureau of Edmonton is a registered non-profit organization with a 74-year tradition of providing a festive meal to Edmontonians in need.
In 2014, our generous donors and supporters provided a festive meal for 14,500 families, 2,893 seniors and 5,491 singles and couples without children.