Making Christmas
better for Cornwall

Welcome to Cornwall Christmas Box 2019

Christmas Box 2019 is in full swing!

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.

If you have any question be sure to get in touch – either by email ( or via Messenger on our Facebook page.

Thanks again

3 Rivers Vineyard Team


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.


Here’s what to do

  • Print out the checklist (Click here to download a PDF of the list)
  • Get shopping! Make sure that everything you buy for the box will still be in date at Christmas.
  • Cover a close-able cardboard box in Christmas paper – we need it to have proper close-able portions that fold over so we can transport the boxes more easily!
  • Tick off each item on the checklist as you put it into the box. You can add other items too, but we need to be clear – NO ALCOHOL, and we’d prefer nothing breakable either.
  • Drop it off at one of the collection points, so there’s plenty of time to get them to the people who need them before Christmas.  Please get your boxes to you collection point by the 4th December 2019

If you have a question, please email us. You can use,  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.

Happy shopping!

Collection points

Drop off your Christmas Box at one of these amazing businesses and we’ll get them to families that need help over Christmas.

North Cornwall

Barefoot Media

Barefoot Media, Little Trewollack, St Wenn, Bodmin. PL30 5PL

Charlies café and Deli


Fore Street
Cornwall PL34 0DA

Duchy Designs

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

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

Kilkhampton Spar Shop, The Square, Kilkhampton, Bude, EX23 9QQ

Mid Cornwall

Cornwall Based Dispensaries

Unit A Rocklands
Narrowcliff Road
Newquay Cornwall

 Premier Store St Blazey Post Office

Premier Stores and Post Office, St Blazey

Carclaze School

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

West Cornwall

Control Print

Cardrew Industrial Estate, Redruth. TR15 1SS

St Ives Infants School

St Ives Infants School, The Burrows, TR261DN

Whole Again Commmunities

Treneere estate, Penzance

Falmouth, Penryn & The Lizard

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)

Truro area

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

CSA Architects, Truro Technology Park, Heron Way, Truro, TR1 2XN

Clive Pearce Property

31 Lemon St., Truro TR1 2LS Open Saturday till 1pm

Epiphany House

Truro. TR1 3DR

Spar Shop

Tresawles Road, Highertown, Truro, TR1 3LF

Open Saturday and Sunday


Building A, Green Court, Truro Business Park, Threemilestone, Truro. TR4 9LF

Vans Store

25 Boscawen Street, Truro, TR1 2QW

Open Saturday

East Cornwall


26 Fore Street, Liskeard PL14 3JB (pedestrianised in front of building between 10 & 4, so time your visit carefully!)

Darren’s Cars

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)


    • Donate a box!
    • Get together with colleagues, friends, neighbours and anyone else you can persuade to join you, to donate a box
    • Ask whether your school, church or business could act as a collection point. We’re particularly keen to find collection points in North Cornwall!
    • Donate some storage space! If you have room to store boxes donated between now and 9th December we’d love to hear from you
    • And finally – spread the word! Like our Facebook page, follow us on Twitter and tell your friends and contacts about Cornwall Christmas box

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


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