The Christmas Bureau of Edmonton has been providing festive meals at Christmastime for Edmontonians in need since wartime when it was founded 1940. Just last year in 2019, they provided meals for 38,428 Edmontonians, of which 19,182 were under 18 years of age.
This need has skyrocketed due to the events of 2020. This year, with Christmas less than 3 weeks away, they are only at 27% of their 2020 goal of raising $1.4 million as of December 8, 2020. Dec 16 update: now at 51%!
The Christmas Bureau of Edmonton is a familiar name as they run multiple fundraising partnerships around the city. There are currently at least 27 active fundraisers happening this month! Here are just a few of the ways you can help out.
Countdown to Christmas Auction
The organization launched their latest campaign this week – The Countdown to Christmas Auction. Until Dec 15, bid on items which will be great as stocking stuffers or for daily practical use. There’s currently 57 items ranging from kitchen appliances and gadgets, to smart home technology, to fine art, and family photo sessions.
See the auction items here.
Winter Wonder Forest
If you’re looking for something to do with the family while also donating to the Christmas Bureau, use the promo code XMAS2020 when purchasing a car pass online for the new Christmas lights drive-thru at Winter Wonder Forest, the largest of its kind in Canada.
More details about the fundraising partnership with Christmas Bureau here.
Eat to Donate
A foodie? Among the 27 active fundraisers listed for December 2020, several are related to food.
On Monday December 14 between 5pm-9pm, 10% of all sales at the Beaumont location of Boston Pizza Beaumont will be donated to the Christmas Bureau of Edmonton. This applies to dine-in, take-out, and delivery.
Sorrentino’s will be donating 5% of every online gift card sale until December 18 to the Christmas Bureau.
Until December 31, Sherlock’s Hospitality Group will donate 50 cents from every sleeve of Steam Whistle Pilsner and Fat Tire Amber Ale sold at Sherlock Holmes Pub (Downtown and Campus) and Duggan’s Boundary Irish Pub to the YWCA Edmonton and the Christmas Bureau of Edmonton.
High Horse Coffee Co. will donate $2 from every bag of Deadmonton Colombian roast to the Christmas Bureau until December 31.
Until December 31, Century Hospitality Group will donate $20 of every $100 gift card sold to the Christmas Bureau, which is valid at MKT, Rebel, The Parlour, Hart’s Table, LUX, and Bar 94.
Cookies by George, headquartered in Edmonton, is also donating 20% of $25+ gift cards sold until December 31 to the Christmas Bureau.
Cheers to the Christmas Bureau Pomegranate Royale, a drink at Fairmont Hotel Macdonald which will donate $1 from each drink sold to the Christmas Bureau until December 31. While you’re at the hotel, be sure to pick up a limited edition snowglobe until January 4 because $5 of every sale will be sent to the organization as well.
Donate while you eat at other restaurants all across the city. Look for posters or signs for the Christmas Bureau of Edmonton at participating establishments to make a donation on site.
Be sure to check this page out to see how you may be able to integrate what you’re already doing, in a way which helps, such as eating and holiday shopping.
If you’re in need of assistance this Christmas, please don’t hesitate to contact them! For eligibility and application information, visit this page or call 780-414-7695.