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 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.
Sun Youth distributes food hampers to approximately 18,000 people each year. Children under 13 can also receive a brand new toy.
Sun Youth could not achieve its objectives without the participation of all the volunteers and donors involved in our Holiday season campaign every year as well as the now traditional Big Media Food Drive whose friends this year include over 300 Jean Coutu pharmacies (serving the cause since the beginning of this venture), and 228 Loblaws, Maxi, Maxi & Cie and Provigo stores (partners since 2010).