1Up is proud of it’s Christmas Hamper Program!
Completely personalized, this unique approach to Christmas giving works by way of raffle to match between 70-80 single parents with community donors.
There are 3 main ways to support 1Up’s single parent families in need for Christmas:
- We have our incredibly popular Christmas Hamper Program, where each year, thanks to your generosity, we are able to provide beautiful, personalized hampers for our single-parent members and their children. Once a community sponsor registers, we match you with a family as soon as possible (early November); you are provided with a family profile that tells you a little bit about who they are, what their Christmas wish lists are, and recommends spending guidelines. 2017 Donor Registration Form
- We also have a Community Hamper option where your group can purchase unwrapped gifts for children and their mommies/daddies. These donations will be used to supply emergency hampers for families hit by unexpected events just before the big day (we supplied 20 of these hampers last year alone). The community hamper is also a great place to stuff gifts cards for some of your favourite stores around town.
- And as always, Financial Gifts are incredibly welcome. 1Up relies almost entirely on community support such as yours to provide single parents with services like: 10 free sessions of counselling, 6 free sessions of parent coaching, and of course, our practical support program which allows the Centre to purchase items such as food vouchers from local grocery stores.
The Greater Victoria area is a beautiful place to raise children, but is increasingly more expensive as well. Single-parent family trying to stretch their budget to meet their daily needs (housing, food, transportation) are often left with very little to spend on extras such as clothing, school supplies, or food. Very quickly, the Christmas season, meant to be a time of family, joy and celebration, can end up becoming a time of stress, both financially and emotionally, for a single mom or single dad trying to provide for his/her children.