Help With Our Holiday Backpacks Of Cheer!


At Christmas time our Edmonton team assembles a backpack full of necessities and a few treats for each youth in our programs. Each pack generally contains bus tickets, $50 in assorted gift cards for food and necessities, $25 in movie tickets, gloves, a hat, socks, chocolate bars and sometimes blankets. We balance the bags carefully to ensure that the offerings are appropriate and nearly identical.

“We have approximately 100 to 150 students who could use a holiday backpack this year.”
— Joe Cloutier, Director

We rely on cash donations supplement our programming so that youth can move forward. We are also grateful to thoughtful donors who wish to brighten our youths' season with new items that bring holiday cheer. 

We divide the donations we receive evenly among our youth.

Our Wish List

Here are the items we need to supplement what we have already received. 

  •  Gift cards: Subway, Shoppers, Safeway, etc.
    •  $10, $15, $20, $25 and up
  • Movie passes
  • Men's & Women's gloves - all sizes
  • Men's & Women's socks
  • Men's & Women’s hygiene products
  • Headphones/earbuds
  • Portable phone chargers/power banks
  • Hats              
  • Chocolate bars/Christmas candy - nut free, no gum
  • Other gifts that promote Christmas cheer are also appreciated!

Please contact us to discuss your items and arrange a time with our staff for you to drop them off. Please leave all donations unwrapped and please do not pre-package your donations into individual gifts for our youths.

Or Donate Online

You can also make an online donation by visiting Canada Helps and donating to us through their service. 

We thank you for your support.  

Posted on December 15, 2017 .

FCSS and TELUS Fund High Risk Youth in the Virtual World

Thank you to FCSS for your support over the years and the contribution towards his project. We’d also like to thank the TELUS Edmonton Community Board for their support and financial contribution. Both organizations helped fund this innovative program. This initiative focuses on creating educational and developmental opportunities for Edmonton’s high risk youth.

A cheque was recently presented to us by the TELUS Edmonton Community Board’s Doug Gross (pictured above on left). The TELUS Edmonton Community Board guides TELUS’s support in funding a diverse range of local charitable organizations. The company and the Board look for community partners who are doing work that makes a meaningful difference in the lives of people in the community. More information about TELUS and their community investments can be found on their Facebook page.   

Many thanks to The City of Edmonton and TELUS for their continued support of Inner City!

Posted on January 17, 2017 and filed under Community Support.