Sponsor-A-Family or Senior

Sponsor-A-Family or Senior

Provide a bountiful Christmas hamper and gifts directly to your neighbour. We match you up!

Get Involved

Get Involved

See how you can get involved this Christmas

Need Help?

Need Help?

We are here for you. Find out how to apply for the Christmas Bureau

“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.

 

Sponsor a Family or Senior

Staying Safe

While Doing Good

No matter how difficult this pandemic gets
we are committed to feeding the hungry
and providing gifts at Christmas.

We have new sponsorship safety guidelines
to help support your efforts.
If you have any concerns, we’re happy to help.

What is the Sponsor-A-Family or Senior Program?

The Sponsor-a-Family or Senior Program is a rewarding way for an individual, business, church, school or organization to be involved in helping your neighbour at Christmas. Each Sponsor is asked to provide the food hamper, dinner supplies and gifts for their matched family and deliver directly to their door (new safety guidelines below).

Experience the joy of the true Christmas Spirit.

 

Please note, deadline for Sponsorship Applications is Monday, December 14th. After the 14th, please call for other partnership opportunities.   

APPLY to SPONSOR

Fill out the Sponsor Application form online. Or, if you prefer, download the PDF file and send it by e-mail or fax to the Abbotsford Christmas Bureau.
Fax: 604-859-2717
E-mail: christmasbureau@archway.ca

Sponsor Application

CONFIRMATION

Expect a confirmation call, e-mail, or fax from us stating that we have received your application. Contact us (604-859-5749 ext.32) if you have not received a confirmation within one week. (October – December)

RECEIVE MATCH

We will be contacting you again to match you with a family/senior. We will provide you with their contact information, along with the names, ages and genders of each family member.

 

CALL YOUR MATCH

Please, call your family/senior ASAP to let them know that you are their sponsor, clarify shopping list and set delivery date. Calling right away really helps your family/senior feel more at ease.

Tip: When you call, ask clarifying questions regarding the shopping list and record the answers in the space provided on the Christmas Bureau Shopping List.

Example: What type of bread does your family enjoy? Do you have a preference for type of vegetables?

Please let us know if you are having any trouble contacting your matched family/senior.

SHOP TIME

Please refer to the Christmas Bureau Shopping List for the size of household you chose to sponsor to ensure you include everything that is needed. This is very important in order to maintain consistency in what each family/senior receives at Christmas. Let us know if this becomes a challenge for you and we can work out a solution.

Please note:Providing more than the correlating listed amount per household size is up to each sponsor.

 

DELIVER

Deliver the food hamper and gifts on the pre-arranged date and enjoy meeting your family/senior!

If you have a heartwarming story to share, we would love to hear it!

Delivery Safety Guidelines

Online ApplicationThe matching process begins early October and completes mid-December.

Please note, deadline for Sponsorship Applications is Monday, December 14th. After the 14th, please call for other partnership opportunities. 

Volunteer Sponsor Toys for Tots Christmas Breakfast

  • Sponsor our event, ‘Quality Hotel’s Tots for Toys Christmas Breakfast’.
    For sponsorship levels click HERE. Or contact  Rebecca.
  • 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 top gift wish list items for all ages of children and create an Angle tree for employees to personalize their donations. Please note: Angle tree creates opportunity to give frequently requested gifts to stock the Toy Room where families who are not sponsored, “shop” for their children.
  • Host a party (within your work bubble) 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

Volunteer Toys for Tots Christmas Breakfast

  • Attend ‘Quality Hotel’s Tots for Toys DRIVE THRU’. 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)
  • Host a party (with people in your bubble) 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

Volunteer Toys for Tots Christmas Breakfast

  • Attend ‘Quality Hotel’s Tots for Toys DRIVE THRU’. For more info click HERE.
  • Have students bring a toy/gift for their own age group to the Christmas Bureau
  • Volunteer at the Christmas Bureau for a morning in December. To apply click HERE.
  • Get the neighborhood involved and run a food/toy drive in your community
  • Have a special collection for food or money to donate
  • 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 (within respected bubbles) where food or toy donations are the admissions
  • 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)
  • 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
  • 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

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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”