Holiday Hampers is the Junior League of London’s signature community project, as well as our longest-running community programme. Now in its 28th year, the programme provides hampers filled with gifts, food, toiletries and other essentials to some of London’s most vulnerable populations during the holiday season.
We receive donated items or corporate and individual donations to purchase hamper items. Our members then carefully customise hampers to the needs of recipients – whether for an elderly individual, a single mother escaping domestic violence, or families working their way out of poverty.
Our aim is to help these families and individuals feel the spirit of the holidays. We understand from our partners that our hampers are often the only gifts they receive, and they can make a real difference in their lives. As a West London Action for Children staff member once reported:
“The Hampers were the highlight of the Christmas activities for our clients. They made them feel cared for and far less isolated.”
In 2022 alone, Junior League of London members volunteered more than 500 hours putting together more than 840 Holiday Hampers which were then delivered to 16 agency partners across London, reaching more than 1,500 lives.
Supporting Holiday Hampers
There are many ways you can get involved with Holiday Hampers and help us multiply impact.
1) Donate needed items
We maintain an Amazon Registry of needed products for hamper recipients, which can be shipped directly to JLL for inclusion in the hampers. Help make someone’s holiday a little bit more special with a thoughtful gift. You can select from a range of gifts, toiletries and food items.
2) Donate money
Want to donate, but not sure what to purchase? Cash donations are extremely helpful. You can contribute to our JustGiving page.
2) Organise an office drive
Items like food and toiletries that go in the Holiday Hampers can be collected via donation boxes in workplaces:
- Tinned soup, vegetables or fruit
- Dried pasta and jarred sauce
- Tea and coffee
- Body lotion, toothpaste, toothbrushes or soap
Offer a small prize to the person who brings in the most items to get the competitive juices flowing!
3) Help us to publicise the programme
We are always interested in finding ways to increase awareness about Holiday Hampers. Are you a journalist looking for a story? Do you have technical skills in photography, video editing or PR that you would like to contribute? Contact us.
Questions? Email us year-round: email@example.com.