Presents of Peace
How You Can Help

YWCA Presents of Peace

Help make the holidays brighter for a single-mother-led family or a youth on low incomes with YWCA Presents of Peace.

How to Sponsor a Family this holiday season

1) Create your online profile here

2) Choose your family size*: 

  • Your budget to purchase gifts and a grocery gift card for your family 
  • The size and number of families you would like to sponsor 
  • Preferred YWCA program and city of residence of your sponsorship family 

* All efforts are made to accommodate your requests. However, depending on the greatest need we may offer you an alternative family. We will always stay within your maximum budget.  

 

Budget based on family size Grocery Gift Card

Gifts OR Gift Card

if unable to shop

Total
Strive Youth* $100 $100 $200
Family of 2: Single mother and one child  $100 $200 $300
Family of 3: Single mother and two children $125 $300 $425
Family of 4: Single mother and three children  $150 $400 $550
Family of 5: Single mother and four children  $175 $500 $675

* YWCA Strive is a program that supports youth who are transitioning out of care (government care, foster or group home, youth agreement)

3) You will receive a confirmation email within two business days once you have registered. 

4) Families and sponsors will be matched between November 10 – December 4. We will send you an email as soon as you have been matched. Please keep an eye on your junk/spam inbox for an email from pop@ywcavan.org. You can then log in to your account to find your family’s wish list and contact information. 

5) Please contact your family by December 9th to arrange delivery. We will share our updated safety protocols for safe delivery in your confirmation email. Please deliver your hamper to the family’s requested location no later than December 15th. 

YOUR SPONSORSHIP INCLUDES
Grocery gift card

 

A grocery gift card, an essential part of Presents of Peace that helps alleviate some of the pressure that families experience over the holiday season. The grocery gift card will go toward food and provisions that will enrich a family’s holiday experience. You will provide a minimum $100 grocery gift card for a family of two with an additional $25 for each child in the family. 

 

 

Gift

 

Gifts for each family member. Becoming a Presents of Peace sponsor is an opportunity to provide a family with the gifts of their choice. We encourage each family member, including moms, to ask for something they truly want and that will bring them joy. We ask that sponsors approach the gift lists in the spirit of generosity and without judgment, knowing that you will be making a family’s holiday season special and memorable. Please refer to your family’s wish list or contact them directly if you have questions. 

YWCA FAMILIES 

Your sponsored family may be comfortable inviting you into their home and others may not. Please be sensitive to the family’s requests. Please do not take any photos of family members or post them on social media. 
 
The YWCA serves a diverse and vulnerable population who may be experiencing homelessness, substance use issues, poverty, racism, violence, poor health, or other challenges. At the YWCA we model the principle of being program participant-centered: 

  • We respect program participants’ rights and dignity 
  • We create a safe space for program participants, staff and external stakeholders 
  • We are sensitive to power imbalances 
  • We respect the privacy and confidentiality of our program participants and understand our responsibility to protect it 
  • We respect program participants’ right to access our services on their own terms 
  • We do not reduce people to their problems 
  • We do not make victims of program participants 
  • We do not reinforce harmful stereotypes
BEFORE YOU GO SHOPPING 

Important Notes: 

  • Gifts should always be new 
  • Please provide gift receipts so families can exchange items like clothing and shoes if they are not the right size. Please keep the sales receipt for your records as they will be required for a tax receipt request. See full tax receipt requirements below.
  • If you have gently used items that you wish to donate (used clothing, computers, etc.) please make sure to contact the family directly before adding these items to their hamper. 
  • Gifts should be wrapped whenever possible or you may provide wrapping paper and/or gift bags so that the parent can wrap the children’s gifts 
  • YWCA Metro Vancouver is committed to the advancement of women, girls and children. A key advocacy priority is raising awareness of the inappropriate sexualization of young girls or hyper-masculinity of boys which is prevalent in mainstream media, music, games and even toys for young girls. We kindly ask you to consider this when doing your Christmas shopping and ensure the toys you buy are age-appropriate and positively represent women, girls and boys 
  • No alcohol or marijuana products 

Arranging delivery: 

Please follow these guidelines when arranging your delivery to families: 

  • Coordinate a drop-off date/time in advance with your family. The deadline for arranging delivery with your family is December 9, the delivery deadline is December 15. 
  • Contactless delivery is best. Call your contact person when you arrive and then leave the item at the door. However, if this is not practical, wear a mask and remain 6 feet away from the person receiving the delivery. Please read our safety guidelines below.
  • Wear a face mask and gloves when handling the drop-off items. 
  • Arrange to have one member of your family drop the item off at the door.  All other family members should remain on the street or in the car. 

Sponsor a family 

 


QUESTIONS? 

Contact Presents of Peace at 604 895 5783 | pop@ywcavan.org

"As a single mom, Christmas is not typically a time I look forward to, mostly due to the financial burden it places on me and the fact that I am unable to provide the gifts my children ask for. How do you explain to a five-year-old that Santa can't afford that hot new toy he sees on commercials?" 

- Jen, YWCA Program Participant 

YWCA Metro Vancouver respects the privacy of our customers (including members, clients, guests and parents, donors and volunteers). We also recognize our obligation to protect all personal information. The YWCA's policy is based on the Canadian Standards Association's Model Code for the Protection of Personal Information and complies with the Provincial privacy laws. 

We do not disclose our client's and donors' personal information to any third-party organization without prior approval. The information we collect is to ensure that donors and clients receive the information they need for a happy and healthy holiday season. Out of respect for the difficult circumstances so many families face, we ask that you please keep their names, addresses, and telephone numbers confidential. For more information, please visit our policy webpage. 

We can issue tax receipts, with a minimum donation of $10 to each person for all new gift items and gift cards. Please fill out the Tax Receipt Request form and submit this electronically with a PDF of the original sales receipts or mail to the YWCA Metro Vancouver. 

Guidelines: 

  • Original sales receipts must be dated on or before, December 31st, 2021 and clearly describe each item purchased. Debit/credit card slips without an original, itemized sales receipt attached cannot be accepted, as per CRA guidelines. 
  • Photocopies or scans of sales receipts can be accepted. Any original sales receipts cannot be returned. 
  • Sale receipts should consist of gift hamper purchases only. 
  • Please download and fill out the Tax Receipt request form. If you are submitting sales receipts on behalf of your employer and/or co-workers or friends, include all information listed above for each member of your group requesting a tax receipt.  
  • Please exclude the taxes from the requested tax receipt amount. As per CRA guidelines, we cannot provide tax receipts for the sales tax portion. 
  • You can either submit your Tax Receipt spreadsheet and scans of your sales receipts electronically to pop@ywcavan.org or submit your Tax receipt spreadsheet and original sales receipt to this address:  

YWCA Metro Vancouver 
4th Floor Reception, 535 Hornby Street 
Vancouver, BC V6C 2E8 
Attention: Florence Liu 

DISCLAIMER:

Communicable Disease Prevention and COVID-19 Safety Information

While participating in events held or sponsored by the YWCA Metro Vancouver, (“YWCA”) “physical distancing” must be practiced, and public health authorities recommend that face coverings are worn, to reduce the risks of exposure to COVID-19. Because COVID-19 is extremely contagious and is spread mainly from person-to-person contact, YWCA has put in place Communicable Disease preventative measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19. However, YWCA cannot guarantee that its participants, volunteers, partners, or others in attendance will not become infected with COVID-19.

YWCA Metro Vancouver is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment by maintaining a safe environment for all employees, volunteers and program participants.  Your health & safety is our priority!  Please follow these COVID-19 safety precautions when arranging the Presents of Peace drop-offs with your sponsors.

PROTECTING YOURSELF AND OTHERS

Safety protocols:

The best thing you can do to prevent spreading Communicable Diseases and COVID-19 is to stay at home and away from others if you are ill. 

You should also:

  • Wash your hands frequently with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds.  If none is available, use hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol.[1]
  • Maintain a 2-metre physical distance from others
  • Wear a non-medical mask or homemade facial covering, particularly if you cannot maintain a 2-metre physical distance from others

Wearing a mask alone will not prevent the spread of COVID-19.  Physical distancing and frequent hand washing is considered the most effective ways of preventing the spread of COVID-19.

Arranging delivery:

Please follow these guidelines when arranging your delivery to families:

  • Coordinate a drop-off date/time in advance.
  • Contactless delivery is best.  Call your contact person when you arrive and then leave the item at the door.  However, if this is not practical, wear a mask and remain 6 feet away from the person receiving the delivery.
  • Wear a face mask and gloves when handling the drop-off items. 
  • Arrange to have one member of your family drop the item off at the door.  All other family members should remain on the street or in the car.