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Fill a Box

One: Get the Food

Pick up a list or use the website and decide what you're going to get. You can buy one or a few items, get it all yourself, or you can join with others: family; friends; work colleagues; classmates; community group - you choose! Decide who will buy what. Head to the shops and buy your chosen items.

Two: Get a Box

If you don't already have one, pick up a flat-pack Big Red Box (if you want to fill a whole one) and carefully place all the items inside. Boxes are available from King's Church sites from mid November.

Three: Give it in

You can contribute a complete box or simply bring in some items from the list that you would like to contribute. Full boxes and items should be brought to any of the King's Church sites early-mid December.

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How can you get involved?

There is a huge list of individuals and organisations that have helped with the Big Red Box since the start of the project in 2011 and we are so happy to see lots of new faces joining the team every year. Find out how you could get involved this Christmas:

  • Join our packing evenings On Tuesday evenings in November & December we come together as a community and pack the Big Red Boxes. We'd love for you to come along to Lee and help out.
  • Get your school involved Why not invite your school to get involved and help collect food together. We have all the resources you need to start your partnership with Big Red Box.
  • Get your family involved Bring the family along on your weekly shop and pick up a few of our key items to fill your own Big Red Box. Check out our full shopping list below.
  • Your local shop Join us at one of our store collection days, where you can either volunteer with us or put a couple of extra items in our trolley on your way out of the store, it's as easy as that!
  • Spread the word at work You could get your business involved, we've got a number of ways you can choose from. Get in touch to find out more.
  • Word of mouth The quickest way for any news to travel is if you share it, so why not do just that. Talk to your friends, family and colleagues about the project, you can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Don't forget to share our posts!

Shopping List


You can buy just one or two items - or even a whole box!

  • Christmas pudding
  • Kid's Christmas Chocolates
  • Cereal
  • Pasta sauces
  • Pasta
  • Rice
  • Tinned meat
  • Vegetables (tinned)
  • Tomatoes (tinned)
  • Soup
  • Jam
  • Rice pudding (tinned)
  • Custard (tinned/instant)
  • Tinned fruit
  • Biscuits
  • Mince pies
  • Fruit juice (carton)
  • Sugar
  • Tea bags/instant coffee
  • Milk (UHT)

Please do not add other items to the box; the box contents are designed to both feed and bless the recipients and we would love them all to be as similar as possible. Thank you!


How to Make a Box

Let Simon show you how to make a Big Red Box.


Tweet it!

When you've bought your box, why not tweet it and let the world know?


"I just wanted to thank you, all the volunteers and the contributors who worked so hard to provide the Hampers. Most of the families we work with have high levels of need or are children classed as vulnerable or in need, so I can assure you that the Hampers are very much appreciated and will reach those in most need in the borough." Social Services Manager (2012)

"The hampers below were provided by my team at the LOCOG (London 2012 Olympic Organising Committee) Accreditation and Uniforms department. They were so excited to know the great work that King's is doing. I was overwhelmed by the response." LOCOG (2012)