Gifts of Hope

Others, Christmas , Support

Contributed by: Union Gospel Mission

“Without this Christmas Hamper, I don’t think I would have been motivated to celebrate the holidays. I wasn’t really feeling Christmas until that happened. I feel like almost crying every time I think about UGM. Not a day that goes by without me thinking about UGM and how they’ve touched my heart.” — Shanell, 2020 Gifts of Hope Hamper Recipient⁠

Shanell is one of the single moms who recently received a hamper from UGM for Christmas 2020. She says this gift of hope gave her a reason to celebrate Christmas. And as Shanell reflects on the meaning of the holidays, she says she’s thankful to have received a constant, steadfast love from UGM—it helped her overcome homelessness. We’re honoured to be able to support strong single moms like Shanell. ⁠

This past holiday season, over 335 Gifts of Hope Christmas Hampers were delivered to families in need, along with 200 Christmas Carts for seniors and single-family members. Christmas is a time of hope and love, and we’re here to provide that, through transformative services like our Gifts of Hope hamper program.