Christmas Gift Bags

The Christmas season will soon be upon us and the Christmas Gift Bag Campaign is getting underway, as with everything else; things will look a little different this year.  Please see below for more details.

We hope you will consider supporting this valuable program.  Each year we hear from CCSC guests how grateful they are to receive this gift and that, for many, it is the ONLY gift they will receive.

Please contact Sarah if you wish to participate in this year’s Christmas Gift Bag Campaign and let her know how many Christmas bags you wish to provide.

Dear Supporters,

Here at Chalmers Community Services Centre, we are getting the Christmas Gift Bag Campaign underway. We hope you will consider supporting this valuable program, particularly as community members are seeking our support more than ever before.

Each year we hear from CCSC guests how grateful they are to receive this gift and that, for many, it is the ONLY gift they receive. For this reason, we ask that you include new, good quality items in their original packages. Please note that there is no need for the items to be gift wrapped. Christmas Gift Bags can be delivered in new, reusable shopping bags.


Given the health and safety considerations of these particular times, we are adjusting how we do things, in order to ensure our volunteers, guests and donors can be giving and receiving as safely as possible. As a result, the contents of the bags have changed slightly this year.

  • Regular size shampoo (not conditioner)
  • Single toothbrush in its packaging
  • Toothpaste and/or dental floss
  • Shower gel, body wash, or soap
  • Boxed candy or boxed chocolate (not homemade and not Halloween candy)
  • Small jar of instant coffee, box of tea bags, or tin/box of hot chocolate (no coffee pods)


If shopping for a Christmas bag in 2020 is not something that is feeling doable for you this year, please consider donating financially to the Campaign. With your financial contribution, we will purchase items to fill a Christmas bag on your behalf, including gloves and socks.

You can donate online through Canada Helps or donate by
mail to Chalmers Community Services Centre, 41 Macdonell Street, Guelph, ON, N1H 2Z4.


Please contact me if you wish to participate in this year’s Christmas Gift Bag Campaign and let me know how many Christmas bags you wish to provide. This year’s final delivery date to Chalmers Downtown is Tuesday December 1 st. Deliveries can be made to Chalmers Downtown (41 Macdonell Street):
a) Tuesdays in October and November and December 1 st between 10 am and 11 am, or
b) Thursday November 19 th from 6-8 pm or
c) Thursday November 26 th from 6-8 pm.


Please feel free to call me with any questions. Thank you for your support.

Sincerely,
Sarah Dermer, Program and Volunteer Coordinator
volunteer@chalmerscentre.ca
519-822-8778

Thank you to our sponsors:

United Way City of Guelph Guelph Community Foundation Donate a Car Guelph United Ministries Flow Office Wisdom United Church of Canada Foundation