For the last couple of years, there has been such an amazing response to our Christmas Box appeal. You have been absolutely incredible at responding to the need here in Cornwall, to help feed families. We’ve gone from collecting approximately 100 boxes a few years ago to almost 1000 boxes last year. This is fantastic, thank you!
Thank you to everyone that has got in touch and offered their time, their vehicles and expertise to help us this year. You guys are amazing! We think that we have everything covered now, and we are getting excited for the 4th December.
3 Rivers Vineyard Team
CHRISTMAS DINNER IN A BOX!
DONATE FOOD FOR A FAMILY OF 4 – 6 TO CELEBRATE THIS CHRISTMAS
Christmas Dinner in a box for the poorest families in Cornwall.
Each box contains enough food for Christmas dinner with all the extra little goodies, treats like mince pies and biscuits, and of course Christmas pudding – which all go to make up a feast for a family in need. Due to storage and distribution limitations we can’t accept fresh food but there are plenty of good things to eat that can still be included. A typical box costs around £30-£40 but you can share the cost by getting together with friends, neighbours and colleagues to fill a box together. The boxes will be distributed by Cornwall Council’s ‘Children’s Early Help, Social Care and Psychology Service’ team and some Children’s Centres to families in need. Other local charities working with disadvantaged families also took delivery of some boxes, to help the people they are working with – in Penzance, St Ives and Newquay.
If you have a question, please email us. You can use firstname.lastname@example.org, or get in touch via Facebook or Twitter. No need to email to tell us you’re donating, but do drop us a line if you have a question.
Drop off your Christmas Box at one of these amazing businesses and we’ll get them to families that need help over Christmas.
Barefoot Media, Little Trewollack, St Wenn, Bodmin. PL30 5PL
Charlies café and Deli
Cornwall PL34 0DA
The Duchy Unit, Hawksfield Cornwall, A39 Atlantic Highway, St Breock, Wadebridge, PL27 7LR
St Minver School
St Minver School, Rock Road, Wadebridge PL27 6QD
St Petroc’s Church
St Petroc’s Church office, Priory Rd, Bodmin PL31 2DT
Concern Wadebridge, the John Betjeman Centre
Relish Food & Drink
Foundry Court, Wadebridge PL27 7QN
St Breock’s School
St Breock’s School, Wadebridge, Tremarren Rd, Wadebridge PL27 7XL
Kilkhampton Spar Shop, The Square, Kilkhampton, Bude, EX23 9QQ
Cornwall Based Dispensaries
Unit A Rocklands
Premier Store St Blazey Post Office
Premier Stores and Post Office, St Blazey
St Pirans Close, St Austell, Cornwall, PL25 3TF Open for collections 7:45am – 4pm. 2rd – 4th December only.
Suez, Cornwall Energy Recovery Centre – St Dennis – St Austell – Cornwall – PL26 8DY
Trevornick Holiday park
Trevornick Holiday Park, Holywell Bay, Newquay, TR8 5PW
Cardrew Industrial Estate, Redruth. TR15 1SS
St Ives Infants School
St Ives Infants School, The Burrows, TR261DN
Whole Again Commmunities
Treneere estate, Penzance
Falmouth Natural Health
30/31 Church Street, Falmouth, TR11 3EQ. Open Mon – Thur 9-4, Fri 9-6
Please note this is not the Natural Store on Market Strand in Falmouth, they can’t accept boxes
The Red Lion, Mawnan Smith
The Square, Carwinion Rd, Mawnan Smith, Falmouth TR11 5EP Open Saturday and Sunday
Red Lion, Helston
4 Church Street, Helston, TR13 8TG
(open 11-midnight Tue-Sat, 12-midnight Sun & Mon)
3 Rivers Vineyard Church
c/o Trelander Children’s Centre, Truro, TR1 1PH, during our collection service on Sunday 1 December only – 10am-12 noon.
CSA Architects, Truro Technology Park, Heron Way, Truro, TR1 2XN
Clive Pearce Property
31 Lemon St., Truro TR1 2LS Open Saturday till 1pm
Truro. TR1 3DR
Tresawles Road, Highertown, Truro, TR1 3LF
Open Saturday and Sunday
Building A, Green Court, Truro Business Park, Threemilestone, Truro. TR4 9LF
25 Boscawen Street, Truro, TR1 2QW
26 Fore Street, Liskeard PL14 3JB (pedestrianised in front of building between 10 & 4, so time your visit carefully!)
Unit 1 Rylands garage St Ann’s Chapel, Gunnislake PL18 9HW
(open 9-5, but call as there might be someone in at weekends too)
If you don’t live in Cornwall and would like to run something like this near your home, we are planning to produce a ‘how to run a Christmas Box scheme’ pack in the New Year. Drop us your details, and we’ll put you on the list to be sent a copy.
Christmas is a time of joy and celebration but for those living on the breadline, Christmas can emphasise the difficulty of their circumstances. For the past 17 years, Three Rivers Vineyard Church (previously Truro Vineyard Church) have been collecting Christmas dinner boxes to give away through Cornwall Council’s Social Services team to those in need. We hope that these Christmas boxes help people to share in God’s goodness and to celebrate the new hope brought about through Jesus’s birth.
In 2012 we felt challenged to expand the Christmas Box appeal to the broader community, wanting to help as many people as possible. We collected just over 200 boxes in 2014, 120 in 2015, and 257 in 2016. In 2017 we had a target of 300, or 500 if you asked Heather. We thought she was being ambitious – but you all donated 540 boxes in total, so she was right!
For 2018, we collected almost 1,000 boxes, which were distributed to hundreds of families in need, across the length and breadth of Cornwall. Once again, we were blown away by everyone’s generosity. There are no words!
Find out more: 3 Rivers Vineyard Church