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Events and Conferences: The GSS and Women's Centre Holiday Hamper

October 30, 2014

Holiday Hamper

Starting this year, the GSS has partnered with the Women’s Centre to make a difference in students’ lives. The Holiday Hamper program enables low-income student families to have a happy and stress free holiday season with the support of generous sponsors from SFU’s community.

Applicant Information

This program is eligible to individuals who satisfy all of the following requirements:
- Are currently registered in an SFU graduate program;
- Live with at least one dependent; and,
- Have been assessed to receive bursary funding by SFU Financial Aid and Awards for the current term.

Successful applicants will be matched with generous groups and individuals who will provide hampers to the applicants. Every hamper is a little different depending on the individual donors and family needs, but each one will include:
- Personalized gifts for each family member; and
- Household and grocery items.

Hampers will be available to pick up from the Graduate Student Society office in early December. Alternative arrangements for pick-up may be coordinated if needed.

If you satisfy the requirements of this program and would like to register to receive a Hamper,please fill out this websurvey.

Please note that there is a limited number of hampers and not all applicants will receive one; the number of hampers is dependent upon how many sponsors register.

Sponsor Information

Every hamper is a little different depending on the individual sponsors and family needs, but each one will include:
- Personalized gifts, valuing $25-$50, for each family member; and
- Household and grocery items ($100-$200 total).

Each basket may contain no more than $50 worth of gift cards.

Sponsors are responsible for:
- Purchasing the hamper items;
- Wrapping the gifts;
- Assembling all the items into a hamper, such as festive box or laundry basket; and
- Delivering the hamper to the GSS.

Sponsors will receive a description of their family’s composition and their gift wish lists. Sponsors are encouraged to purchase the items on the family’s list, but you may purchase whatever gifts you think would be helpful for the family.

Sponsors may request a certain family composition or demographic; however, the primary objective is to match as many families with donors as possible so not all requests can be honoured. To protect the anonymity of families, requests for families from specific departments or faculties will not be honoured

Fill out this form to start the Sponsorship Registration process.


October 16th, 2014: Sponsor Registration Opens
November 24th to December 1st, 2014: Hampers are dropped off at the GSS
December 2nd to December 12th, 2014: Hampers are available for pick up from the GSS

Exceptions to these deadline may be possible. If you are a sponsor, please email Christina Batstone at


If you have any questions about this program, please contact Christina Batstone at or 778 782 9412.

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