Globe and Mail

Read Joyce’s inspiring 2011 article about the hamper party phenomenon from the Globe and Mail!

The best Christmas party? Making food hampers for families in need

Joyce Kline
Contributed to The Globe and Mail

It started in Toronto on a bleak, black, bitingly cold December afternoon. I had just returned to Canada from a trip to Finland where a strong social safety net meant that no one ever went hungry or homeless.

So intense was the contrast between humane Finland and the shivering panhandlers huddled in Bloor Street’s snowy doorways that by the time I walked down the path toward home, I was in tears. If only I could do something – anything. And that’s when the inspiration for our annual Christmas Hamper Making Party – the best Christmas party in Canada, bar none – came to me.

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