People in need and living in Winnipeg and St. Norbert may apply for a Christmas hamper.
Referrals are not accepted, individuals and families must apply for themselves.
All hamper applications are taken by phone at Hamper Application Call Centres.
2019 Christmas Hamper applications start Tuesday, November 12. See call centre phone numbers below.
Christmas hampers include:
- traditional Christmas packaged foods
- an appropriate sized turkey based on the household size (individuals receive a chicken)
- a gift for children 14 and under
Hamper pickup starts Saturday, December 7 at the Christmas Cheer Board warehouse.
Volunteers deliver hampers between December 7 and December 21. As we rely on volunteer drivers, delivery date and time cannot be provided. Hamper delivery is attempted two times, on the second unsuccessful attempt an information sheet is left explaining you must come to the warehouse to pickup your hamper.
If your hamper is sponsored, the sponsor will contact you directly for delivery date/time.
Our Hamper Application Call Centres are extremely busy; please have patience when calling, thanks.
Employment Income Assistance (EIA) applicants
Please call 204-948-2022 to apply. Please have your EIA case number ready.
The Christmas Cheer Board has volunteers located at the EIA office taking applications by phone.
EIA hamper application hours: Monday – Friday 9am - 4pm
The EIA Hamper Application Cell Centre closes Thursday, December 19 at 12PM. Please call the Christmas Cheer Board for application options after closing.
Low income, pensioners, students, new Canadian applicants
Please call 204-989-5683 to apply. Please have your Manitoba Health card information available for all adults in the household.
It is important that you provide current complete information for each adult and child in your household when applying for a hamper. Personal household contact information and income and expense information is required. All children 18 and under are recorded as well.
Christmas Cheer Board application phone lines are open when the Office/Warehouse is open.