adopt family for christmas, turkey drive

Yes! We’re still doing Adopt a Family for Christmas, 2022, despite Covid 19

(aka Christmas Hampers & Turkey Drive)

WHAT IT IS — Every year the Neighbourhood House organizes ‘adopt a family’ for families and individuals experiencing hardship during the Christmas and holiday season. Last year, we handed out family gift boxes to over 100 families (over 400 people), and food hampers with everything needed for a turkey or ham dinner, including breakfast. All adoptions are anonymous; only our office staff knows the identity of those giving and those receiving.

HOW IT WORKS — Local families and individuals submit their gift lists to a registry that we keep anonymous, and then the community comes together to try to fill family members’ wish lists as best they can. We also coordinate our list with those of other organizations and charities in the area.

HOW TO REGISTER YOUR FAMILY — If you would like to be on this list, please come into the office between Mon or Wed 12 and 2pm to sign a form for your family or Friday 11:30-2pm or by email at cnhaoffice (at) 

Please be as specific as you can on your gift list (e.g., children’s clothing, shoe sizes, etc.).  The registration cut off is in early December, but please register well ahead of time as sponsors need to gift shop, and volunteers need time to organize.

HOW YOU CAN HELP — Register with our office and we will contact you when there are families on the list.  Contact the CNHA office at cnhaoffice (at) or leave a message on our machine at 250-246-3203. We will send you a “How it Works” handout that explains everything and gives gift ideas.

Last year, we helped over 100 families in the Cowichan and surrounding areas!  So please allow a couple days for us to return phone calls and emails. Please do remember we run on volunteers.

DON’T HAVE TIME? — You can donate right now with our online account at CanadaHelps. We can purchase turkeys, food and items for much less than retail, so your donation dollars have more impact.

Cowichan Neighbourhood House Association
9806 Willow Street, Box 457
Chemainus, BC, V0R 1K0

Phone: 250-246-3203
E-mail: cnhaoffice (at)

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