Since 1940, the Christmas Bureau has maintained one tradition - providing a festive meal and coordination of Christmas giving to Edmontonians in need at Christmas time through the promotion of the spirit of Christmas caring and sharing in the City of Edmonton.
Non-denominational and accessible to all Edmontonians in need, we are a connector of over 85 social service agencies providing those in need a one stop application process for Christmas services. Client information is compiled by the Christmas Bureau into a database to provide food hampers or food gift cards to accommodate all dietary needs. The client list is also used to provide gift cards for teens aged 13 to 17 years through the Christmas Bureau’s Adopt-A-Teen program and by 630 CHED Santas Anonymous for the delivery of toys to children age 0 to 12 years.
In 2017, 55,450 individuals were provided a festive meal of which 26,711 were children under the age of 12 and 7,569 were teens aged 13 to 17.
71% of those we serve are families, 11% are seniors and 18% are individuals and couples without children.
Photo courtesy: Andy Devlin, Edmonton Oilers
"Over 60,000 Edmontonians will turn to the Christmas Bureau for help in 2017. And, the fact is, you probably know some of them.
They could be your neighbour, your child’s best friend, a co-worker. You know them, but not what they’re going through.
When you donate to the Christmas Bureau, you’re helping to make the holidays a reality for the people in your community.”
Kevin Lowe and Oilers Ladies, Honorary Campaign Co-Chairs
The Christmas Bureau raises funds to provide festive meals at Christmas time to Edmonton families, individuals and seniors in need. Recipients are restricted to those on special assistance (income support) or working poor. The Christmas Bureau distributes a gift to teens aged 13- 17 years in these families.
Christmas Bureau of Edmonton Charitable Registration Number: 11922 2925 RR 0001
Complaints Policy: A complaint is an expression of dissatisfaction about the service, actions, or inactions by the Christmas Bureau as an organization or a staff member, volunteer or agent acting on behalf of the Christmas Bureau. If you wish to make a complaint to the Christmas Bureau please contact the Christmas Bureau by email or by phone at 780 454 6074.