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GSS Holiday Hampers

Holiday Hampers

With the holiday season swiftly approaching, we understand that it can be a tough time for some graduate students and their families. However, we can make a significant difference by coming together with your support to ensure this season is as memorable as possible. 

This winter, the GSS is dedicated to spreading joy during the holidays by creating and distributing holiday hampers. These hampers are designed to provide assistance to current graduate students at UBC Vancouver who are facing financial challenges while pursuing their studies. The size and contents of the hampers will be tailored to meet each student's unique needs. 

Rest assured, the GSS will take care of assembling and delivering these hampers to make this initiative a success. 

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Donation Drive

Your support is crucial for the success of the Holiday Hamper Program! Heading into our third year of the initiative, the GSS provides fellow graduate students, as well as university departments and units, with a chance to create a memorable holiday season for UBC graduate students and student-families. 

We gratefully welcome all donations at the GSS Office (452-6371 Crescent Rd, Thea Koerner House 4th Floor Penthouse, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2) until November 30th, 2023. 

Recommended items for donation (including items suitable for student-families):

  • Gingerbread House Kit 
  • Good Quality Chocolates 
  • Hot Chocolate Mix 
  • Apple Cider Mix 
  • Tea 
  • Popcorn (microwave) 
  • Candy Canes 
  • Cookies (boxed and festive-themed) 
  • Panettone (boxed) 
  • Family Games: 
    • Puzzles (250-500 pieces) 
    • UNO 
    • Playing Cards 
  • Holiday Crackers (pull apart novelties with prizes inside) 
  • Cereal (festive themed) 
  • Marshmallows (festive ones) 
  • Colouring Pencils 
  • Colouring Books 
  • Toiletries 
  • Candles 

GSS Hampers

Hampers Sign Up

Please ensure that you fill out the form below completely. The application window is open until November 18th at 5 p.m. Applicants who are selected will receive an email notification in early December. 

To be eligible, recipients must: 

  • Currently, be registered as graduate students at UBC Vancouver. 
  • Fill out the sign-up form, providing details about their need for assistance and any specific barriers they face in pursuing their studies at UBC. 

Preference will be given to applicants who belong to one or more of the following groups: 

  • Single parent students 
  • Students with families 
  • LGBTQIA2S+ students 
  • Indigenous students 
  • Students of colour 
  • Students with disabilities 
  • International students (please note, international students must be in Vancouver to collect a Hamper) 

Please be aware that completing this form does not guarantee that you will receive a hamper. Additionally, by submitting this form, you consent to the GSS contacting you. 

The Graduate Student Society (GSS) is run by and for the 10,000 graduate students at UBC Vancouver. We promote and protect our members’ academic, social and cultural interests.

Thea Koerner House, the home of the Society, has been the centre of graduate student life on campus since it was opened in 1962.


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