Christmas Backpack Program

This holiday season, youth experiencing homelessness will receive special treats for Advent and a backpack full of brand-new gifts for Christmas. Please help us give them the Christmas they deserve!

Christmas Backpack Program

We are very grateful to have donors who support us in many different ways. If you are looking for a unique way to help our young people, supporting our Christmas initiatives are a fun option.

Our top needed items are: 

  1. New Men’s underwear (medium, large, extra large)
  2. Women’s and Men’s hoodies and sweatpants
  3. Backpacks
  4. Journals and notebooks
  5. Gift cards ($5 or $10 to Tim Horton’s, Starbucks, Subway, etc)

Ways to donate to our Christmas Backpack and Advent Campaigns:

  1. Contribute to our costs:  Help us purchase Christmas items, meals and special activities for youth in need during the holidays. Contribute to our Christmas campaign here.

  2. Purchase Backpack and Advent Items online through Our Amazon Wish list: We have created a wish list of all the desired backpack items.  All items will be shipped directly to us.

  3. Help us provide special Christmas extras for young people over the holiday season. Contact Amanda Merler at to learn about unique opportunities to assist our youth programs at Christmas.

We can only accept new, unopened items for the backpacks.

Please do not wrap items. Pack like items together to make it easier on our sorting team! Please be sure to let us know you plan to support our campaign and when you will be dropping off or having your items delivered.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Amanda Merler
Manager, Volunteer Services and Gifts in Kind
Direct: 604-757-6052