Gift Suggestions For Families

Food Options for Sponsors in The Christmas Program:

Sponsors provide a holiday meal for the family they are assigned. We encourage a gift card to a local grocery store so the family can shop for their holiday meal according to their traditions and dietary needs. Our recommended value is $25 per family member (a family of 4 would receive a $100 gift card) to ensure consistency throughout the program. Sponsors may provide food items instead of a grocery voucher if they prefer.  

Recommended Foods for Sponsors to Provide

Additional holiday help (3-4 days worth of food)

Sponsors may choose to provide additional help beyond the holiday meal, however this is not a requirement of the program. Suggestions for additional food items include:

  • Spaghetti sauce
  • Pasta
  • Peanut butter
  • Soup
  • Tuna/salmon
  • Kraft Dinner
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Milk
  • Snacks for children
  • Baby food or formula & diapers (if applicable)
  • Cereal
  • Rice
  • Personal items (soaps, shampoo, toilet paper, laundry soap, paper towels, etc.)

Suggested Gift Items When Sponsoring a Family

We ask all our registered households with younger children to fill out a form with their chidren's interest, clothes sizes, and gift ideas for each child in the home. That information is given to you the sponsor to help you in your purchasing of gifts for the children. The household are reasonable in their suggestions of interests and gifts. In-between a 50-50 split or 60-40 food, is the suggested breakdown between cost for food and gifts. 

Please note gifts should be delivered unwrapped. Sponsors may provide wrapping paper for the parents if they wish.