Monthly Archives: December 2015

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you

A huge thanks to everyone who has contributed to Big Red Box this year. Big Red Box has managed to collect enough food to make up 1355 boxes, with more boxes still coming in…

This is at least 1355 families who would otherwise go without some of the luxuries at Christmas. Mince pies, Christmas puddings, Chocolates for the kids and the family. Some of the families would struggle to feed their family or even themselves on a regular basis, and the pasta, rice, meat and sauces will go a long way to helping them to do this.

So thank you to everyone who has donated anything to Big Red Box – whether it be food or time. We couldn’t have done it without you.

1355 Big Red Boxes in 2015

1355 Big Red Boxes in 2015


There is a huge list of people and companies to thank – too many to mention them all, but some people have come to collect food at Supermarkets as well as sort through food and pack boxes more than a dozen times – you know who you are and thank you so much.

We are grateful to the supermarkets who have partnered with us. Some have let us come into their stores and collect food from their customers.

  • Sainsbury’s Sydenham – Special thanks to Amanda, Karl, Nick, Paul and the rest of the team as well as the amazingly generous customers who gave so much to Big Red Box 2015
  • Sainsbury’s Lee Green – Thanks to Terry, Stacey and the team
  • Co-op Downham – Special thanks to Jey and the team
  • Waitrose Bromley – Thanks for the donations on behalf of your customers – 100% of the donated money was spent on food for the boxes
One of the stunningly generous donations of food!

One of the stunningly generous donations of food!

Thanks also go to local companies who have adopted Big Red Box as their Christmas charity.

  • JP Morgan – provided a truly staggering amount of food. It was hard to count it up, but the two van loads of food was enough to fill 150-200 boxes for local families. As a direct result we were able to expand our donations to charities in Tower Hamlets for the first time
  • Direct Line Bromley – provided many boxes of food and items to top up boxes
Photos of JP Morgan's efforts

Photos of JP Morgan’s efforts

Thanks also to the schools who grouped together in year groups and classes to donate to Big Red Box – we had some truly impressive donations from schools this year!

  • Ravensbourne Primary School
  • Adamsrill Primary School
  • Baring Primary School
  • Dog Kennel Hill Primary School
  • Morden Mount Primary School
  • Rathfern Primary School
  • Ravensbourne Secondary School
  • Sandhurst Primary School
  • St Michael’s Church of England Primary School
  • Trinity Primary School
  • Trinity Secondary School

Finally, this is very much a team effort with Simon, Dave & Alice making up the core team in the office – they go above and beyond in ensuring that Big Red Box runs efficiently and do their very best to ensure that boxes get to the right people at the right time. They are Big Red Box heroes.

Please check back early in the new year for a breakdown of what boxes went where, together with some feedback we’ve received from those who gave them out and those who received them.

So thank you, thank you and thank you to everyone who has supported us this year – whether or not you are mentioned above. And we hope and pray that every person who receives a box enjoys their Christmas more than they might otherwise do.

I wish you all a very happy, restful and blessed Christmas.

Where can I drop off my food donation?

There are multiple drop off points for Big Red Box this year, whether you’ve filled a box, have a bag full of food or just one item – anything and everything you give is much appreciated.

We will be collecting food every Sunday at our Lee, Downham and Catford sites during our service times:

Catford Site, Catford Hill SE6 4PS: 9:30am – 1pm & 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Downham Site, The Green Downham Way BR1 5LS: 9.30am – 1pm
Lee Site, 21 Meadowcourt Road, SE3 9EU: 10:30am – 12noon

We are also able to take food at the Catford Site Monday – Friday between 9am and 5pm.

We have three collection weekends coming up at local supermarket stores so if you haven’t bought your Big Red Box donation food yet please join us on one of the following dates and hand your food to one of our fabulous volunteers:

Co-Op Downham: Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd November
Sainsbury’s Lee Green: Friday 27th Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th November
Co-Op Downham: Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th December

We have already packed over 380 boxes this year, but we still need your help to reach our goal of 1000 Big Red Boxes! Any and all items of food help us to achieve that goal but if you can help we are particularly short of the following food items:

  • Fruit Juice (long life)
  • Christmas Puddings
  • Custard
  • Rice Pudding
  • Rice
  • Mince Pies
  • UHT Milk
  • Jam
  • Cereal
We'll be back again soon!

We shouldn’t be too hard to spot, we’re the ones wearing these great t-shirts!

This year we have also partnered with Kings Christmas Trees and will have Big Red Box drop off areas at their tree collection points in Catford, Beckenham and Deptford. For more information about the Kings Christmas Tree project, how to buy a tree and where there collection points are please check out their website.

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