YWCA Presents of Peace

Presents of Peace 2018 - Guidelines and Important Dates

How to sponsor a family this holiday season:

1) Create your online profile here.

2) Choose your sponsorship preferences*:

  • Your budget and size of family:

Budget based on family size

Grocery gift card



Strive Youth

            $100         $100        $200

Family of 2: Single mother and one child




Family of 3: Single mother and two children




Family of 4: Single mother and three children




Family of 5: Single mother and four children




  • Number of families you would like to sponsor
  • Preferred YWCA program and city

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

4) Matching will take place between November 15th - November 23. Once you have been matched with a family you will receive an email from us. Please login to your account where you will find your family’s wish list and contact information.

5) Please contact your family by December 14th to arrange delivery. Based on your family’s request you may be delivering to their home or you may meet them at their local neighbourhood house, amenity room in their building, etc. Please deliver your hamper to the family’s requested location no later than December 17th.

* All efforts are made to accommodate your requests

YWCA Families

Your sponsored family may be comfortable inviting you into their home and others may not. Please be sensitive to the family and their situation. Please do not take any photos of family members or post 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-centred because:

  • 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 such as clothing and shoes if they are not the right size.
  • 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.
  • No alcohol or Marijuana products.
  • 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.
  • 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.

The Gift Hamper Should Include

1) Grocery gift card: For your family to create a special holiday meal. We ask that you provide a minimum $100 grocery gift card for a family of two with an additional $25 for each child in the family.
2) Gifts: We suggest $100 per person. Please refer to your family’s wish list for ideas or contact them directly if you have questions.

Tax Receipts

Tax receipts (minimum donation $10) are available for all new items and gift cards that you purchase for your Presents of Peace gift hamper. Excluding taxes, in accordance with CRA regulations. Deadline to submit sales receipts: January 18th, 2019.

  • Original sales receipts must be dated and clearly describe each item that was purchased. Debit/credit card slips without an original, itemized sales receipt attached are not acceptable.
  • Photocopies of sales receipts cannot be accepted, and receipts cannot be returned.
  • All original sales receipts must be dated on or before, December 31st, 2018.
  • Sale receipts should consist of gift hamper purchases only. Sales receipts may only contain items that were purchased for the gift hamper.
  • Please include the following information with your sales receipts:

- Your full name
- Phone number
- Home address
- Email address (tax receipts will be emailed electronically)
- Amount of contribution to appear on the tax receipt. If you have multiple sales receipts, please total them and please exclude taxes.
- The name of the family that you sponsored and the YWCA program they are from.

For groups:

  • If you are submitting sales receipts on behalf of your employer and/or co-workers or friends, please use our online spreadsheet which you can download here. Tax receipts will be provided for each individual’s contribution ($10 minimum donation)
  • The total amount claimed cannot exceed the total amount of purchases for the hamper.

Note: According to the Canada Revenue Agency an employer’s address must not appear on an individual’s tax receipt. Receipts may be mailed to or dropped off at:

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

YWCA Privacy Policy

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 clients 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.