Making Christmas
better for Cornwall

Welcome to Cornwall Christmas Box 2018

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.)

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 by Sunday 9 December; we’ll be collecting them on Tuesday 11th December, so there’s plenty of time to get them to the people who need them before Christmas.

If you have a question, please email us. You can use hello@cornwallchristmasbox.co.uk,  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.

Happy shopping!

Collection points

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.

North Cornwall

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

New

Churchtown Café

Churchtown Café, Fore Street, St. Teath, PL30 3JA

Concern Wadebridge

The John Betjeman Centre, Southern Way, Wadebridge, PL27 7BX

Kilkhampton Spar shop

The Square, Kilkhampton, Bude, EX23 9QQ

NEW

Ruby Tuesday’s cafe

Ruby Tuesday’s Cafe, 18 New Road, Port Isaac PL29 3SB (Open Wednesday -Sunday, 10-3)

Mid Cornwall

Barefoot Media

Little Trewollack, St Wenn, Bodmin. PL30 5PL

Carclaze School

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

NEW

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.

NEW

Trevornick Holiday Park

Holywell Bay, Newquay, TR8 5PW

NEW

Gilmore’s Restaurant

11 Tower Road, Newquay TR7 1LS

West Cornwall

Control Print

Cardrew Industrial Estate, Redruth. TR15 1SS

St Uny Primary School

Polmenor Drive, Carbis Bay, St Ives, TR26 2SQ

Whole Again Commmunities

Treneere estate, Penzance

NEW

Abode Property Agents

48 Fore Street, Hayle, TR27 4DY (opposite the post office in the Copperhouse end of Hayle).

Falmouth, Penryn & The Lizard

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

NEW

Red Lion, Helston

4 Church Street, Helston, TR13 8TG
(open 11-midnight Tue-Sat, 12-midnight Sun & Mon)

Truro area

Truro Vineyard Church

c/o Trelander Children’s Centre, Truro, TR1 1PH, during our collection service on Sunday 9 December only.

New

CSA Architects

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

Clive Pearce Property

31 Lemon St., Truro TR1 2LS

Epiphany House

Truro. TR1 3DR

Spar Shop

Tresawles Road, Highertown, Truro, TR1 3LF

Pollaughan Holiday Cottages

Portscatho, Roseland Peninsula, TR2 5EH

Whyfield

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

Vans Store

25 Boscawen Street, Truro, TR1 2QW

South East Cornwall

RIO

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

NEW

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)

WAYS TO SUPPORT CORNWALL CHRISTMAS BOX

    • 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
    • This year we are going to need some help with collecting the boxes – if you can make yourself available on Tuesday 11 December to come out with us in one of the vans, and are good at lifting and carrying boxes, we’d love to hear from you. We’ll be starting from Pool at about 8am.
    • This year we are also launching a Just Giving page, so that people who can’t put a box together for whatever reason can still support the scheme. We’ll put a link up, once we have sorted it out. Money donated will go towards creating bespoke boxes if anyone needs them, and then 1) hire of vans, 2) fuel for vans, 3) other costs incurred while running the scheme, eg stamps, 4) admin costs of running the scheme. Any money left over once these costs have been covered will be donated to Cornwall Food Banks.
    • 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 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

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