As we reach the end of one of the craziest and most challenging years, the number of people that need help has grown exponentially. Christmas Box HQ is going full blast again this year, and we have been blown away by Cornwall’s generosity, we really live in a beautiful place with beautiful people. There have been some challenges to make sure that we do it as safe a way as possible for people involved. But we believe that we have to help as many people as we can again this year.
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 over 3500 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!
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.
Jolly Little Gifts
20a Church Street, Launceston, PL15 8AR
St Issey Primary School
St Issey, Wadebridge, PL27 7RN
Pets at Home Launceston
Launceston Retail Park
Little Trewollack, St Wenn, Bodmin. PL30 5PL (please check with them before delivering on email@example.com or phone 01208 895089.)
The Square, Kilkhampton, Bude, EX23 9QQ
The Rectory *open for drop-offs, if no one is there they can be left in garage*
St Minver School
Rock Road, Wadebridge PL27 6QD -Please leave all boxes on the porch and do not enter the building
Trevisker garden centre
Padstow PL28 8LD
Muddy Paws Pet supplies
5/7 Market House Arcade
Charlies café and Deli
Cornwall PL34 0DA
Trewornan Bridge, St Minver, Wadebridge, Cornwall. PL27 6EX pls drop-off between 9am-6pm
The John Betjeman Centre, Southern Way, Wadebridge, PL27 7BX
The Duchy Unit, Hawksfield Cornwall, A39 Atlantic Highway, St Breock, Wadebridge, PL27 7LR
Cardrew Industrial Estate, Redruth. TR15 1SS
St Meriadoc CofE Junior Academy
Cranfield Road Camborne TR147PN
Salvation Army – St Ives Now at the Guildhall
TR26 2DS (from the 7th Dec)
St Ives Infants School
The Burrows, TR261DN
WAC (whole again communities)
Treneere Estate at Colinsey Road, Penzance. TR18 3NZ.
The Baking Post
St Pirans Rd
TR6 0BJ. (open Wed to Sun)
Falmouth Natural Health
30/31 Church Street, Falmouth, TR11 3EQ. 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
Red Lion (Mawnan Smith)
The Square, Carwinion Rd, Mawnan Smith, Falmouth TR11 5EP
Jolly Sailor Crossfit
Longdowns, Penryn, TR109NA
Falmouth Training Solutions
Bridge House, Tregoniggie, Falmouth, Cornwall, TR11 4SN
St Michaels Resort
Gyllyngvase Beach, Falmouth TR11 4NB
Red Lion, Helston
4 Church Street, Helston, TR13 8TG
(open 11-midnight Tue-Sat, 12-midnight Sun & Mon)
Building A, Green Court, Truro Business Park, Threemilestone, Truro. TR4 9LF
Clive Pearce Property
31 Lemon St., Truro. TR1 2LS
Roseland Visitor Centre
Open MON-THURS 10am-1p
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)
61 Fore Street Torpoint
9-4 Tuesday Thursday Friday
Closed Sunday Monday
2, Pike Street, Liskeard PL14 3HS (next to Barclays bank) Mondays, Tuesday, Thursday and Fridays between 9:30 & 3
St Piran’s Cl, St Austell, Saint Austell PL25 3TF
Trevornick Holiday park
Holywell Rd, Newquay, TR8 5PW
CO-OP Food Store (Petrol Station)
Treway Farm Turkeys
Chapel Parc, Chapel Town, Summercour, TR85AH
St Blazey Post Office
Premier Stores and Post Office, 12 Fore Streer, St Blazey, Par, PL24 2NJ
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 18 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. Jesus taught us to feed the poor and hungry, and this us trying to do that.
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. And last year we collected a whopping 3500 boxes. Once again, we were blown away by everyone’s generosity. There are no words!
We are unashamedly, a Christian charity, we don’t have any preferences for where the boxes go, or where they come from. In fact we don’t directly distribute the boxes ourselves, we rely on partners in Social Care, Food Banks and other 3rd party organisations that already have contact with people in need. We don’t add anything to the boxes that you donate, our only aim is help feed as many hungry people as possible.
Find out more: 3 Rivers Vineyard Church