Since 2004, Holiday Hampers have been happening in the Tupper Community. It is a complex and synergistic process involving many community partners and the service of many families who benefit from the extra food and gifts during the winter holidays.
"The Tupper family of schools, other local schools, and community partners provide 100 holiday hampers to families in need in the community every year," says Teri Corcoran, Tupper Community Schools Coordinator. "It's been going on for many years and many in the family of schools contribute through school food drives, volunteering and collecting donations. It's quite an amazing undertaking."
Little Mountain Neighbourhood House (LMNH) coordinates the organizing of the Holiday Hamper project and Tupper Secondary collects donations from schools and businesses in the community. Food is collected from a number of elementary schools in the Tupper family, as well as donations from Eric Hamber Secondary.
The Community School Team, Tupper staff and students are involved in the entire process, including attending meetings, seeking and picking up food from schools and business, shopping, arranging for volunteer drivers and assembling and grouping boxes for delivery.
Says Corcoran, "We are so proud of all the schools and businesses who support the Holiday Hamper Project and could not do it without each and every person involved. We are particularly grateful to the volunteer drivers who come on Thursday morning and make sure the hampers get where they need to go."
This year's hamper project involved the support of many, including the following:
Coordination and organization by Little Mountain Neighbourhood House (LMNH) Mehak Sharma, family Support worker, Carla Jones CST youth and family worker and Tupper staff and students,
Tupper staff and students donated 1420.00
Food (toys) collected from General Brock, Mackenzie, Livingstone Elementary and Hamber Secondary.
Support from Hillcrest CC youth worker JJ Johnson
Hampers delivered by community volunteers and staff on Thursday morning
LMNH provide funds to purchase 3000.00 worth of food for hampers collected from community businesses in Main Street community.
And community contributions come from the following:
Army navy air force veterans club Taurus 298, Choices Market, Dan-D pak, Great Little Box company, Holy name of Jesus Parish, Hillcrest Special Events Committee, Hyatt Regency, Pacific Community Resource Society, Little Mountain Neighbourhood House, marketplace IGA on Main, Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House, Ravensong Community Health Centre, St. Georges School and staff, South Vancouver Elks #55, Trafiq Bakery, Vancity Savings Credit Union