Save the date for Hamper Party 2015!

The rain is finally here and the trees are almost bare which means it’s only one month until

Victoria’s 15th Annual


Sunday, December 6     1-4 pm

Canadian College of Performing Arts

1701 Elgin Ave.

Those of you who are old hands at our heartwarming annual party, know how fantastic it feels to donate and then collectively put together 110-150 wholesome fresh food hampers for the Salvation Army–while enjoying munchies and listening to festive carols and show tunes courtesy of CCPA’s talented “triple threat” students. For those of you who haven’t joined us before, welcome to a festive afternoon that embodies the true spirit of the holiday season.

Want to join us? Here’s your  2015 Hamper Party Invitation.

Now on to this year’s update! The hampers are ordered.  Canadian Tire will sell us hampers for just $3.99 each and once again Level Ground is generously donating bulk coffee for us to package. We are approaching other business donors so if you have contacts with any that might be interested let Joyce know and she’ll forward you a form letter you can send them.

Last year’s system of encouraging cash donations through CCPA worked wonderfully well. Not only could party participants save time and receive charitable donation tax receipts this way, but we were able to bulk order turkeys, produce, milk, eggs, butter, etc. at much cheaper prices. Having these essential items on hand right from the start of the party made us much, much more efficient and saved our runners endless grief hustling from store to store at the last minute looking for turkeys.

In fact, we were so efficient we’ve decided to shorten the party by an hour because, with all hands on deck, we can get our hampers packed and ready for the Salvation Army to pick up by 4pm. We know busy partygoers will appreciate this. We’ll finish as many hampers as we can by 4pm and then give all remaining funds and food donations to the Salvation Army to apply towards the hampers they’re creating.

And as always, our brilliant bagpiper Josh MacDonald will pipe us out as we help the Salvation Army volunteers load up the trucks at the end of the day. If you haven’t stayed to witness this, it’s both thrilling and inspiring to hear the skirl of bagpipes as our “bucket brigade” moves the sea of hampers hand to hand into the trucks.