Each year, thousands of families benefit from food baskets distributed especially for the Holidays. The distribution of Christmas baskets is held between December 18th and 24th, while Chanukah varies depending on the Hebrew calendar. Registrations for Christmas and Chanukah hampers begin in late August and are intended for low-income individuals and families. Some data is sent to a central database, the Christmas Index, to verify if people registered with Sun Youth are also receiving from an another organization. People wishing to register for a Christmas Basket need to come to Sun Youth with a proof of address, a proof of income and identification cards of all family members. Registrations are done Monday through Friday from 9 am to 4 pm.
We distribute food hampers to approximately 18,000 people each year. Children under 13 can also receive a brand new toy.
We could not achieve our objectives without the participation of all the volunteers and donors involved in our Holiday season campaign every year and the now traditional Big Media Food Drive whose friends were in 2011, over 300 Jean Coutu pharmacies, 160 Laurentienne Bank, 228 Loblaws, Maxi, Maxi & Cie and Provigo.