Our party yesterday was a giant success! Records numbers of volunteers and donations poured in to create a staggering 158 hampers for needy families. We even made the evening news!
A full report, with photos and video, will follow soon, but we couldn’t wait to share the good news. We look forward to hearing more reports from the spinoff parties in Grimsby, Ontario; Nanaimo; San Diego, California; and Placerville, California!
Thanks to everyone who contributed to this amazing manifestation of community spirit.
The Toronto Globe and Mail will be publishing an essay on the hamper party in their Facts and Arguments column tomorrow (Friday, December 9th). You can read it here!
Equally exciting, is that the amazing and generous Mandy Leith of Media Rising has managed, out of the goodness of her heart and with only a day’s notice, to throw together—gratis—this absolutely gorgeous blog for our annual party. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if our holiday tradition could really take off all across Canada?
Finally, the Salvation Army hopes to have one of their publicity people attend this year’s party. They want us to show them how we accomplish the wonderful stuff we do so they can encourage other parties like ours throughout the region.
Thanks so much for your continuing support. You are truly the spirit of Christmas in action!
That’s right—unquestionably the best holiday celebration in Victoria is practically on us and we’d love to share this epic endeavor with you. It’s our hope that this blog will encourage others to adopt what has become a festive holiday tradition for so many of our good-hearted and generous friends, neighbours and supporters. Wait till you see what incredible fun collective action can be!
Good news from the Belfry
This year’s good news is that the Belfry Theatre will be donating two ticket vouchers for us to tuck into 25 of the hampers! The not so good news is that the cost of plastic laundry hampers has doubled. We finally managed to hunt down and order relatively inexpensive ones from Canadian Tire, but we could really use cash donations from any of you who won’t be able to attend but still want to join us in spirit.
For those of you attending, we found last year that it was incredibly helpful to have people come at staggered times throughout the day. Letting Joyce know in advance what you’ll be bringing and approximately what time you’ll be arriving gives us a clearer picture of what and when provisions are coming in so we can more accurately figure out what our runners need to buy at day’s end to complete the hampers. It also gives us sufficient helping hands to handle the last minute rush and to help the Salvation Army workers load the truck. With about a ton of turkeys alone, we amass a lot of food!
At 6pm when the Salvation Army arrives we’ll have an added treat: bagpiper Josh McDonald will once again pipe us out as we form a bucket brigade to help load the Salvation Army’s truck at the end of the party. You can’t believe how thrilling it is to see the vast sea of food covering the front yard and stretching all the way down the hill to the street.
So far, we have pledges for 60 turkeys, 100 pounds of potatoes, 80-90 dozen eggs (thanks to our long time donor Morningfresh Eggs on Blenkinsop), and 25 ½ pounds of butter as well as a few other items. Obviously, this won’t even begin to tackle what we’d need to come anywhere near last year’s record haul when our little party contributed 131 hampers –over 10% of the Salvation Army’s total hampers. We know there are families out there counting on us for their Christmas dinner. Let’s go for 150 hampers this year so that no needy family is turned away!
We’re busy getting ready for our annual Christmas Hamper Party on December 18th, in Victoria BC. Last year we exceeded all expectations by putting together 131 bulging hampers, which were donated to the Salvation Army to give to needy families at Christmas
Coming soon: information and updates about this year’s party, an archive of past festivities and information about how to host your own Christmas Hamper Party.