Cornwall Christmas Box 2018 is well and truly launched!
We have over 30 Collection points, across the whole of Cornwall, and most of them are open to receive boxes from this week. Opening times and other restrictions are listed next to the addresses, below.
You are welcome to start purchasing items for your boxes now – some people like to buy a couple of things each week to spread the cost, or you can get it all done in one go – it’s up to you!
The boxes are given out by Cornwall Council’s teams working with vulnerable and impoverished families, the poorest in Cornwall, and you really make a difference to their lives.
We hear many wonderful stories about how doing this has impacted those giving, and the trouble and effort people have gone to in order to help out those less fortunate. Thank you all so much for your involvement, and watch this space for more stories from this year.
The point of Cornwall Christmas Box is to make Christmas better for people in Cornwall, and we love that you want to help us do that. Thank you.
Exciting news: we have been invited to become the Charity Partners for the Bedruthan Christmas Fair, on 24 and 25 November. Come along and meet us! Find out more on their website.
CHRISTMAS DINNER IN A BOX!
DONATE FOOD FOR A FAMILY OF 4 – 6 TO CELEBRATE THIS CHRISTMAS
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. Following the success of 2017, we will again be delivering to local council offices, so Boxes collected in the Penzance area will go to help families near Penzance, and so on. (Please don’t take the boxes to your local council offices yourself.)
If you have a question, please email us. You can use firstname.lastname@example.org, or get in touch via Facebook or Twitter. Please don’t email to tell us you’re donating, but do drop us a line if you have a question.
We have had a huge response to our request for Collection Points, and now cover most of Cornwall, which is awesome! There are well over 30 now, including a handful of schools which are collecting internally, not for their wider communities.
Unfortunately, we cannot accept many more, simply due to logistics, so if you’re in a part of Cornwall that hasn’t got any, please do drop us a line ASAP.
We will have to stop adding new Collection Points after Tuesday 13 November, wherever you are, so hurry if you want to be involved.
Duchy Designs Creative Kitchens
The Duchy Unit, Hawksfield Cornwall, A39 Atlantic Highway, St Breock, Wadebridge PL27 7LR
Charlie’s Cafe and Deli
14th Century Cottage, Fore Street, Tintagel PL34 0DA
Churchtown Café, Fore Street, St. Teath, PL30 3JA
The John Betjeman Centre, Southern Way, Wadebridge, PL27 7BX
Kilkhampton Spar shop
The Square, Kilkhampton, Bude, EX23 9QQ
Ruby Tuesday’s cafe
Ruby Tuesday’s Cafe, 18 New Road, Port Isaac PL29 3SB (Open Wednesday -Sunday, 10-3)
Little Trewollack, St Wenn, Bodmin. PL30 5PL
St Pirans Close, St Austell, Cornwall, PL25 3TF Open for collections 7:45am – 4pm. 3rd – 7th December only.
St Petroc’s Church Bodmin (acting as a collection point for all the Bodmin Team Ministry churches)
St Petroc’s Church Office, Priory Rd, Bodmin PL31 2DT Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 10am-3pm only
Premier Shop and Post Office
12 Fore St, St Blazey, Par, PL24 2NJ
Open Mon-Fri 7.30am-9pm, sat 8am-9pm, Sun 9am-9pm.
Trevornick Holiday Park
Holywell Bay, Newquay, TR8 5PW
11 Tower Road, Newquay TR7 1LS
Cardrew Industrial Estate, Redruth. TR15 1SS
St Uny Primary School
Polmenor Drive, Carbis Bay, St Ives, TR26 2SQ
Whole Again Commmunities
Treneere estate, Penzance
Abode Property Agents
48 Fore Street, Hayle, TR27 4DY (opposite the post office in the Copperhouse end of Hayle).
Falmouth Natural Health
30/31 Church Street, Falmouth, TR11 3EQ. Open 9-4 Mon –
Thur, 9-6 Fri
The Red Lion, Mawnan Smith
The Square, Carwinion Rd, Mawnan Smith, Falmouth TR11 5EP
Red Lion, Helston
4 Church Street, Helston, TR13 8TG
(open 11-midnight Tue-Sat, 12-midnight Sun & Mon)
Truro Vineyard Church
c/o Trelander Children’s Centre, Truro, TR1 1PH, during our collection service on Sunday 9 December only.
CSA Architects, Truro Technology Park, Heron Way, Truro, TR1 2XN
Clive Pearce Property
31 Lemon St., Truro TR1 2LS
Truro. TR1 3DR
Tresawles Road, Highertown, Truro, TR1 3LF
Pollaughan Holiday Cottages
Portscatho, Roseland Peninsula, TR2 5EH
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 16 years, 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. As more churches, organisations and groups of friends have joined us in recent years to gather more Christmas boxes, three years ago we have decided to open the opportunity to anyone in Cornwall to donate a box, knowing that it will help to make Christmas better for a family in need. 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, who knows! We’re not even going to set a target!!
Find out more: 3 Rivers Vineyard Church