The Cheer Board was started in 1919 by a number of Winnipeg churches. The original intent was to provide Christmas Hampers and toys for the widows and orphans of the soldiers lost during World War One.
The churches operated as a loose group for many years and realized very quickly that there were many other families in the community that also needed help at Christmas. As the project grew it became necessary for the churches to work with each other in order to coordinate the Christmas giving in the community. In the mid-forties the churches decided that everything should be brought into one organization in order to better look after needy families in our community.