Holiday Hamper

Starting in 2014, the GSS began the Holiday Hamper program enabling low-income graduate student families to have a happy and stress free holiday season with the support of generous sponsors from SFU’s community.

Holiday Hamper information is distributed in the fall semester.

Applicant Information

This program is eligible to individuals who satisfy all of the following requirements:
– Are currently registered in an SFU graduate program;
– Live with at least one dependent child (under 19 years of age); and,
– Have been assessed to receive bursary funding by SFU Financial Aid and Awards for the current term.

Successful applicants will be matched with generous groups and individuals who will provide hampers to the applicants. Every hamper is a little different depending on the individual donors and family needs, but each one will include:
– Personalized gifts for each family member; and
– Household and grocery items.

Hampers will be available to pick up from the Graduate Student Society office in early December. Alternative arrangements for pick-up may be coordinated if needed.

If you satisfy the requirements of this program and would like to register to receive a Hamper, please fill out this form. Applications are now closed.

Please note that there is a limited number of hampers and not all applicants will receive one; the number of hampers is dependent upon how many sponsors register.

Sponsor Information

Every hamper is a little different depending on the individual sponsors and family needs, but each one will include:
– Personalized gifts, valuing $25-$50, for each family member; and
– Household and grocery items ($100-$200 total).

Each basket may contain no more than $50 worth of gift cards.

Sponsors are responsible for:
– Purchasing the hamper items;
– Wrapping the gifts;
– Assembling all the items into a hamper, such as festive box or laundry basket; and
– Delivering the hamper to the GSS (MBC 2203).

Sponsors will receive a description of their family’s composition and their gift wish lists. Sponsors are encouraged to purchase the items on the family’s list, but you may purchase whatever gifts you think would be helpful for the family.

Sponsors may request a certain family composition or demographic; however, the primary objective is to match as many families with donors as possible so not all requests can be honoured. To protect the anonymity of families, requests for families from specific departments or faculties will not be honoured

Fill out this form to start the Sponsorship Registration process. Applications are now closed.

October 22nd, 2019: Sponsor & Family Registration Opens
November 5th, 2019: Graduate Family Application Deadline
November 13th, 2019: Sponsor Registration Closes
November 20th to December 6th, 2019: Hampers are dropped off at the GSS
December 9th to December 20th, 2019: Hampers are available for pick up from the GSS

Exceptions to these deadline may be possible. If you are a sponsor, please email Stephanie Yu at

If you have any questions about this program, please contact Stephanie Yu at or 778-782-9412.