The Christmas Cheer Board was started in 1919 by a number of Winnipeg churches. The original intent was to provide Christmas hampers and toys for the widows and orphans of the soldiers lost during World War One.
The churches quickly realized that there were many other families in Winnipeg who also needed help at Christmas. As the project grew, they decided to work together to coordinate Christmas giving. In the mid-forties, the churches combined forces into one organization as the Christmas Cheer Board to better assist families in need.