Christmas Exchange Program

Christmas Exchange Program

This year, our Christmas Exchange Program will be entering its 100th season of providing holiday assistance to individuals and families in need in Ottawa. Through this program, we endeavour to provide those in need with either a redeemable gift voucher or festive food hamper so that they can enjoy a Christmas meal with their loved ones. Each year, we receive requests for assistance from close to 20,000 individuals, or 1 in every 50 members of our community! Read More

Christmas Exchange Program

This year, our Christmas Exchange Program will be entering its 100th season of providing holiday assistance to individuals and families in need in Ottawa. Through this program, we endeavour to provide those in need with either a redeemable gift voucher or festive food hamper so that they can enjoy a Christmas meal with their loved ones. Each year, we receive requests for assistance from close to 20,000 individuals, or 1 in every 50 members of our community! Read More

Do you need assistance?

All clients must be referred to our programs through one of our partner agencies. To find out how to get help in your area, please call the Community Information Centre of Ottawa at 2-1-1 and they will let you know which agency is closest to you. Please note that while we strive to provide assistance to all those who need it, assistance is not guaranteed and is distributed on a first come, first serve basis. 

Sponsor-a-Hamper Program

Thank you to all of those who signed up to be sponsors through our Sponsor-a-Hamper initiative, which allows community members to purchase supplies for a hamper, pack it themselves, and deliver it directly to a family in need during the holiday season.

If you are interested in sponsoring a hamper in December 2017, please check back in the fall for more details and to register.

If you would like to support the Christmas Exchange Program today, please click here to make your gift online.

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