Sponsor-A-Family or Senior

Sponsor-A-Family or Senior

Find out more about our Sponsor-A-Family program and what it takes to sponsor a family or senior in our community

Get Involved

Get Involved

See how you can get involved this Christmas

Need Help?

Need Help?

We are here to help. Find out how to apply for a Christmas Bureau hamper if you are in need

“Extremely Emotional Visit”

Sponsor Testimony

We are a staff of 5 and this Christmas we chose to sponsor a family instead of buying each other gifts. We were matched with a single mom with one child. Two of us are single mothers ourselves who have benefitted from the Christmas Bureau in the past, for the other staff it was an eye-opening (and heart-opening) experience. As we arrived at the home, the young boy exclaimed, with joy, that God had sent us. It was an extremely emotional visit.

 

What you need to know

The Sponsor-a-Family Program is a rewarding way for an individual, business, church, school or organization to be involved in blessing a family or senior in need at Christmas. Each Sponsor is asked to provide the food hamper and gifts for their matched family and deliver directly to their door. Experience the joy of the Christmas Spirit, face-to-face.

Sponsoring a Family or Senior has never been this easy!

 Welcome Letter

 Procedures for Sponsoring a Family or Senior

 Family Size 2-3 Shopping List

 Family Size 4-5 Shopping List

 Family Size 6+ Shopping List

 Senior Shopping List

 Sponsor Application (to print)

 FAQs

 GIK Tax Receipt Form

View our 2016 Christmas Bureau Brochure

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ONLINE APPLICATION

The matching process begins early October and completes mid-December.

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Please clarify below if requesting multiple of the same type of family.

Ideas for Businesses

  • Sponsor a family or senior as a business or team of co-workers
  • Sponsor our event, ‘Quality Hotel’s Tots for Toys Christmas Breakfast’.
    For sponsorship levels click HERE. Or contact  Rebecca.
  • Volunteer at the Christmas Bureau for a morning in December. To apply click HERE.
  • Compete against stores or business locations to see who can donate the most items (food or gifts)
  • Provide a discount for customers if they bring in food or toy item to be donated or ask customers to donate $1 per purchase.
  • Ask the Christmas Bureau for names and ages of children and create an Angel tree for employees to personalize their donations
  • Host a party where food or toy donations are admissions
  • Come as a group to volunteer your time in our busy months of November and December!
  • Like us on Facebook or follow us on Instagram or Twitter, help share or retweet the news at the Christmas Bureau!
    #AbbotsfordChristmasBureau

Ideas for Individuals, Friends & Family

  • Sponsor a family or senior as a family or group of friends
  • Attend our 4th Annual, ‘Quality Hotel’s Tots for toys Christmas Breakfast’. For more info click HERE.
  • Volunteer at the Christmas Bureau for a morning in December. To apply click HERE.
  • Do a gift exchange among friends or family where gifts are brought for a person at a certain age and then donate the gift to the Christmas Bureau (ie. Tina buys an easy-bake oven for Becky who is an avid baker)
  • Get the neighbourhood involved and run a food drive
  • Host a party where food or toy donations are admissions to get in
  • Get people at your work excited about supporting the Christmas Bureau
  • Let your child pick out something they would like for Christmas, and then come drop it off at the FoodBank/Christmas Bureau
  • Host a potluck where people bring a dish to share with friends, plus the equivalent ingredients to donate to the Food Bank. (We accept fresh and frozen unopened food items)
  • Like us on Facebook or follow us on Instagram or Twitter, help share or retweet the news at the Christmas Bureau!
    #AbbotsfordChristmasBureau

 

Ideas for Schools

  • Sponsor a family or senior as a class
  • Attend our 4th Annual, ‘Quality Hotel’s Tots for toys Christmas Breakfast’. For more info click HERE.
  • Have students bring a toy/gift for their own age group to the Christmas Bureau
  • Get the neighborhood involved and run a food/toy drive in your community
  • Compete between classes to see who can donate the most items (food or gifts). Incentives could be a pizza party, extra 15 minutes of lunchtime, or the ability to drop the items off with the teachers to the Food Bank to see where their donations are going
  • Host a party where food or toy donations are the admissions
  • Come as a group to volunteer your time in our busy months of November and December!
  • Break the class into groups and have them come up with creative ways to gather food, gifts, or money. Have a prize or reward for the group with the most raised
  • Come as a class to have a tour of the Food Bank and Christmas Bureau
  • Like us on Facebook or follow us on Instagram or Twitter, help share or retweet the news at the Christmas Bureau!
    #AbbotsfordChristmasBureau

Ideas for Church and Faith-groups

  • Sponsor a family or senior as church or small-group
  • Attend our 4th Annual, ‘Quality Hotel’s Tots for toys Christmas Breakfast’. For more info click HERE.
  • Volunteer at the Christmas Bureau for a morning in December. To apply click HERE.
  • Have a special tithe for food or money to donate
  • Host a party where guests are asked to bring food or toy donations
  • Host a potluck where people bring a dish to share with friends, plus the equivalent ingredients to donate to the Food Bank. (We accept fresh and frozen unopened food items)
  • Commit as a congregation or home-group to pray for all the families receiving assistance, as well as the volunteers and staff as they facilitate the program
  • Help us Pick-up Christmas food donations by driving a truck to various locations during our busiest days
  • Encourage business owners within the church to think of creative ways to partner with the Food Bank and Christmas Bureau
  • Like us on Facebook or follow us on Instagram or Twitter, help share or retweet the news at the Christmas Bureau! #AbbotsfordChristmasBureau

Volunteer application

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Here’s a taste of why we do what we do!

After the tragic loss of Brenda’s 12-year-old son Coleton, she started “Coleton Clause’ in memory of him. She fundraises throughout the year and last year she was able to help 15 families! Here is what she had to say…

“The best thing that could have ever happened to me was to have contacted Laura from the Christmas Bureau last year. Helping the Abbotsford Christmas Bureau has been a life saver for my entire family at this difficult time of year. Seeing the joy on the families faces when we walk through the door, the tears, the looks of disbelief that this is even happening to them, is worth every ounce of effort put into the fundraiser in June and every day after that to help these families at Christmas. I firmly believe that Coleton and Laura go hand in hand when choosing our families and to know that Coleton is shining down on all of us with the biggest ear to ear grins and to know how proud he must be keeps us moving forward through another year. The smiles, the tears of joy and the hugs from the families are the best Christmas present of all. I highly recommend to anyone who is able to GIVE. It’s the best experience EVER. xoxo”

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