BIG RED BOX Christmas Hampers is a King's Church London initiative supporting those in the local community who might otherwise go without during the festive period.
Over the past seven years, we have given away over 7500 boxes, which were distributed to families and individuals in need across SE London through our charity & local authority partners. Our final total at the end of our 2017 collection was an incredible 2136 boxes, smashing through our original 2000 target. Thanks so much to all who supported us in 2017.
In Summer 2018 we are piloting a scheme providing food in long-life bags to two partnering schools. The schools will then distribute to the children who are in need of extra support across the summer holidays. As it is a pilot scheme, we are asking for donations via Justgiving this year. The number of hampers we distribute to the schools will be determined by how much money we are able to raise over the next few weeks. We would really appreciate any support you can give.
We are really grateful to Sainsbury's in Sydenham, Charlton and Lee Green and their incredibly generous customers for the 8 days in October & November when we collected food. You're awesome!
We are one of the Community Matters charities in Waitrose's Beckenham store for November, so we'd love for you to drop your green tokens in our slot!
We are also grateful to Co-op Food Store in Downhamfor opening their store to us and allowing us to collect from their customers who donated so generously.
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!
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 London sites from Sunday 16th November.
You can give a complete box or simply bring in some items from the list that you would like to contribute. All items and boxes should be brought to any of the King's Church London sites on any Sunday before 14th December.
If you're not able to give a box in person, you can donate to us and we'll do your shopping for you!
You can either give by text, or by using our Just Giving page. For more details, go to the Donate page.
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"Where are the places without hope? Let's take boxes to them and brighten them up." Volunteer (2013)
"We had a client in 2016 with no access to any funds, she had children and Big Red Box really helped them to be well fed! They were extremely grateful and said it made a huge difference to their Christmas." Voluntary Services Lewisham (2016)
This Christmas we will once again be running our Christmas hamper project after its successful launch in 2011. The Big Red Boxes collected will go to the neediest families in our local community.
We would love everyone to be involved in this. For some of us, it will simply be buying one item of food to go in a Big Red Box, for others it will be in buying the food for an entire box.
"This food will really be helpful for me and my children this Christmas"
"Thank you so much for all the wonderful food, it will make make my Christmas more happy" Families via Lewisham Refugee Network (2016)
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Sharing hope this Christmas