Alternative Christmas Hampers

Give the Gift that Gives Twice!

Bannock at Neechi Foods Co-opChristmas cookiesTana packing Christmas hampers

Did you know that LITE was originally created around the Alternative Christmas Hamper Campaign? In 1994 LITE began as a response to a dramatic decline in sales at inner city grocery stores as a result of the influx of hampers at Christmas time.  LITE’s long term solution to this problem was to create the Alternative Christmas Hamper which uses your donations to directly purchase products from inner city businesses and social enterprises. Not only does this money get used to alleviate need, but it goes towards ensuring employment opportunities exist for inner city residents breaking the poverty cycle!

Contributing to LITE’s Alternative Christmas Hamper Campaign around the Holidays is a wonderful and key way to get involved with LITE! You can donate as an individual or start an office Campaign! We take all the work out of shopping for a hamper. Simply donate the money you would normally use to build your hamper directly to us and we will do all the shopping for you, making sure precious jobs in the inner city are sustained and protected.

Click HERE to download a copy of our Alternative Christmas Hamper Campaign Brochure and get involved today!


30 Second Alternative Hamper Video from LITE on Vimeo

Find out more about our Alternative Christmas hampers at

Donations can also be mailed to LITE directly at:
203-765 Main Street
Winnipeg, MB
R2W 3N5

Past LITE Hamper Purchase Partners have included:

Neechi Foods Community Store (grocery purchases)

Neechi Foods Community Store is a full-range grocery store and Aboriginal worker co-operative that provides employment, training, and collective business ownership to 17 inner city residents

Food Connections Project- Wolseley Family Place (cookie purchase)

The food Connections Project blends pre-employment programming and Community economic Development (CED). This project provides supported employment training to single parent mothers with little or no employment experience.

Native Women’s Transition Centre (cookie purchase)

The Native Women’s Transition Centre is a long-term residential safe house for Aboriginal Women and their children. The centre’s catering provides employment and training to 15 women who live at the centre. Training included preparing budgets, purchasing, food safety, handling, and cooking.