A Winnipeg woman is asking for help with a hamper project that she hopes will bring joy to at least 50 families this Christmas season.
In 2020, Ally Beauchesne felt inclined to make a few hampers after hearing a close friend share her experience of receiving a hamper at Christmas.
Since then, it has grown into something much larger known as The Hamper Project.
"I have a very lofty goal -to raise enough $$, gifts, non-perishables and fresh groceries for 50 hampers!!!" said Beauchesne in a post on Facebook. "In order to do this - I need your help! Not only with donations but also with helping pack, wrap & deliver hampers, and spreading the word!!"
Over the years, the Hamper Project has supported several organizations, including the Christmas Cheer Board, Inspired Community Outreach, and numerous other privately requested hampers through schools and other organizations. This year's hampers will support Makoon Transition Inc., a facility that offers private apartments and services for families reunifying with their children after foster care.
"This hamper project is really a group effort. The beauty is that you can donate what works best for you, but every donation makes a real impact."
Beauchesne has created an Amazon wish list with present ideas for the families. As of Monday, she is just 15 toys away from her goal. She has also included some grocery ideas for people to purchase.
"There are only a few items left on my wish list, and then we will have wiped it clean! That would be a MAJOR accomplishment towards completing 50 hampers. Think we can do it by the end of the day?? There are some incredible Cyber Monday deals!"
Anyone interested in getting involved can visit Ally's Facebook or Twitter page.