Since 1940, the Christmas Bureau has maintained one tradition - providing a festive meal to Edmontonians in need at Christmas time through the promotion of the spirit of Christmas caring and sharing in the City of Edmonton.
Non-denominational and accessible to all Edmontonians in need, we are a connector of over 100 social service agencies providing those in need a one stop application process for Christmas services. Client information is compiled by the Christmas Bureau into a database to provide food hampers or food certificates to accommodate all dietary needs. The client list is also used to provide gift cards for teens aged 13 to 17 years through the Edmonton Sun Adopt-A-Teen program and by 630 CHED Santas Anonymous for the delivery of toys to children age 0 to 12 years.
In 2014, 64,636 individuals were provided a festive meal of which 20,965 were children under the age of 12 and 8,090 were teens aged 13 to 17.
63% of those we serve are families, 13% are seniors and 24% are individuals and couples without children.