Party info and update…we’re only a week away!

Normally the Elves and I are overwhelmed with generous donations from both Hamper Party regulars and newcomers who want to join us. This year donations are way down—the party is only a week away and we’re not even half way to the $4000 or so we need to buy and fill 100 hampers, even at the rock bottom prices we get by buying so much of the hamper food in bulk.

We know that busy Victorians RSVP last minute, but we can’t order in bulk without giving suppliers a few days advance notice, so please take just a minute now to RSVP what you’re contributing. Here’s the link to our online Punchbowl invitation: Any contribution you can make would be so appreciated by families unable to put a holiday meal on the table without our party.

On the invitation click “Select Potluck Items” and you can see what food items we need and indicate what you’ll be bringing. If you want to contribute money in advance (very helpful!), there’s a link on the same page to the Canadian College of Performing Arts’s CanadaHelps donation portal. Just select HAMPER PARTY 2015 from the “Select the Fund Your Donation Will Support” drop-down menu and your donation will come straight to our party, plus you’ll be able to generate a tax receipt you can print out.  To go directly use this link:

Because CCPA will be using St. Mary’s (the hall we usually use), they’re hosting our party in Henderson Hall at 1632 Yale Street. (Henderson Hall is actually just behind St. Mary’s but, because Yale is a dead end street, you’ll enter off Yale instead of Elgin. A Google map is on your Punchbowl invitation.)

We’ve moved our party mailing list to MailChimp so please check your spam folder for email coming from

We have a generous coffee donation from Level Ground as well as gift cards from Wholesale Club, SaveOn Foods and Oak Bay Cobbs. Thank you so much to our community-minded business donors!

CCPA’s staff and students, the Elves and the Salvation Army are looking forward to party day. 120 empty hampers are stacked and waiting—with your help we’ll fill them all so we can fill the bellies and hearts of those who so desperately need to know someone cares.

See you December 6th!

Joyce and Elves James & Lisa, Laura & Paul, Dan, Josh, Aaron & Janet


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