Cornwall Christmas Box

Christmas 2016.

Welcome to Cornwall Christmas Box.

Last year we collected just short of 120 Christmas hampers from collection points around Cornwall and delivered them to Social Services teams in Truro and St. Austell for distribution to families in need at Christmas.

Many thanks to all of the amazingly generous people who took the time, made the effort and put a hamper together. This helped around 120 families (between 450 and 650 people) and the giving amounts to the equivalent of around £3,300. Awesome!

We also heard 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.


For 2016 we will be running the scheme again.  If you would like to be involved, keep an eye on our Facebook page and nearer the time, start to look for special offers in the shops.  It’s often possible to find BOGOFs and deals which mean you can put together a box for less than you’d think. 


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 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.

Donate a box

Here’s what to do!

  • Print out the checklist (click here to download printable pdf)
  • Get shopping! Make sure that everything you buy for the box will still be in date at Christmas.
  • Cover a closable 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 – please let us know what else is in your box by writing it in the space at the bottom of the checklist
  • Drop it off at one of the collection points by Tuesday 13th December, we’ll be collecting them on Wednesday 14th December.

You can also help by telling us that you’re planning to donate a box – drop us an email at or get in touch via Facebook or Twitter – this will help us to plan ahead so that we can make sure that each box goes to someone who needs it.

Happy shopping!

Christmas dinner in a box

Collection points

North Cornwall

Mid Cornwall

West Cornwall

  • Control Print, Cardrew Industrial Estate, Redruth. TR15 1SS
  • Whole Again Communities,Treneere Estate at Colinsey Road, Penzance. TR18 3NZ.  Please only on Thursdays between 10am and 2pm, as the centre is staffed by volunteers, and they can’t guarantee anyone will be around at other times of the week!

Falmouth and Penryn

  • Jolly Sailor CrossFit, Long Downs Ind Est, Penryn. TR10 9NA  (Mon – Fri 8:30am – 1:00pm, 4:00pm – 8:30pm. Not available for drop off between 9:30am-10:45am Tue and Thur)
  • Falmouth Natural Health,  30/31 Church Street, Falmouth, TR11 3EQ.  Open 9-4 Mon – Thur, 9-6 Fri
  • Pasty Emporium, 60 Church Street, Falmouth, TR11 3DS (in conjunction with Falmouth Harbour Chiropractor at 58 Church Street)

Truro area

Ways to support Cornwall Christmas Box

Here are some of the ways that you can help Cornwall Christmas Box this year:

  • 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.
  • Donate some storage space! If you have room to store boxes donated between now and 14th 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.

How it all started…

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 13 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, this year 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.

Find out more: Truro Vineyard Church


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