Sponsor-a-Hamper Program 2017
There is no better way to show you care than by sponsoring an Ottawa family's holiday meal! The Christmas Exchange Program makes it easy to sponsor a family in need and provide them with the means to enjoy a warm dinner.
To find out if the Sponsor-a-Hamper program is right for you, please read our guidelines for sponsors. You can also check out our Frequently Asked Questions about the program at the bottom of the page!
Sign Me Up!
It's easy to sponsor a family's holiday meal this Christmas! Simply complete the online form below, or download and print a hard copy of the form to fill out.
PLEASE NOTE: The confidentiality of all those registered for the Christmas Exchange program is of the utmost importance. Please do not forget to complete the confidentiality agreement on your form.
Hard copies can be submitted by fax, email, or mailed to our P.O. Box:
The Caring and Sharing Exchange
P.O. Box 5167
Ottawa, ON K2C 3H4
How many hampers can I sponsor?
There is no limit on the number of hampers you can request to sponsor. We recommend you spend between $85 and $150 on items for a single hamper (depending on family size). Using that as a guideline, feel free to request sponsoring as many hampers as your budget allows!
How will my sponsored families get their hampers?
Sponsors arrange a date and time with families to deliver hampers. We recommend getting in touch as early as possible with your sponsored families to arrange a time in the days leading up to Christmas. More details on important dates can be found in the Sponsor-a-Hamper Guidelines.
What kind of food should I put in the hamper?
Hampers should contain all the fixings for a festive holiday meal! For details on what a recommended hamper should include, please refer to the Sponsor-a-Hamper Guidelines.
Can I make a dessert for the hamper?
No. Unfortunately, due to liability reasons, we ask that no edible homemade goods are included in the hampers.
What about grandma's special homemade preserves... can I include those in the hamper?
Although grandma's homemade preserves sound delicious, we ask that you do not include any edible homemade goods due to liability reasons.
If my sponsored family has a child, can I buy toys for that child?
We ask that sponsors place an emphasis on food assistance for sponsored families as many families receive gift assistance elsewhere. However, small gifts for the family may be included if you wish to add a little something extra.
If you find that you have a large leftover budget after assembling your hamper(s), please consider sponsoring another family's holiday meal.
If the family has a dog, can I add dog food to the hamper?
While we recommend ensuring you can provide enough food for the human family members first, you are welcome to extend food assistance to animal family members as well.
How much should I spend on a hamper?
Depending on the number of individuals you will be assisting with a hamper, the approximate value of your hamper should be between $85 and $150. Hampers for larger families will likely cost more, while a hamper for an individual or a couple should cost less.
If your budget is well over $150 for a single hamper, please consider sponsoring another family's holiday meal.
When is the deadline to register for Sponsor-a-Hamper?
We will be matching new sponsors with families until Friday, December 22nd, so long as there are still families to be matched.
What if I can't get in touch with my sponsored family?
We recommend that sponsors make as many attempts as possible to get in touch with a family to arrange the delivery of a hamper, including trying to reach the family at different times of day.
If, after several attempts, you are not able to get in touch with the sponsored family by December 15th, please contact Kristen at the Caring and Sharing Exchange (613-226-6434 ext. 226).