YWCA Presents of Peace

Due to an overwhelming response from sponsors, we are now running a waitlist for YWCA Presents of Peace 2020. You can still support families during the holidays by donating to YWCA Simplify the Season

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

Budget based on family size

Grocery gift card

Gifts OR gift card

if unable to shop  


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




* YWCA Strive is is a program that supports youth in and from care transitioning to independence.

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

4) Families and sponsors will be matched between November 12 - November 30. We will send you an email as soon as you have been matched. Please keep an eye on your junk/spam inbox. You can then login to your account to find your family’s wish list and contact information.

5) Please contact your family by December 11th 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 17th.

Your sponsorship includes:

A grocery gift card for your family to create a special holiday meal. You will provide a minimum $100 grocery gift card for a family of two with an additional $25 for each child in the family.

Gifts for each family member so your family can enjoy the holiday season. We will provide you with your family’s wish list. Each family member can request $100 worth of gifts. 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 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 like clothing and shoes if they are not the right size
  • 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


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 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.


Safety protocols:

The best thing you can do to prevent spreading 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 a hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol.
  • 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.

>> Sponsor a family now


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

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 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.