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Welcome to Cornwall Christmas Box 2020

Christmas Box 2020 is happening!

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 1200 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!

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

Thanks again

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.

 

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 drop-off 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 11th December 2020

If you have a question, please email us. You can use hello@cornwallchristmasbox.co.uk,  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. NOVEMBER LOCKDOWN – *indicates which venues are open for drop-offs during lockdown*

North Cornwall

Jolly Little Gifts*closed, but will meet to receive box please contact directly*

Units 1 & 2
Market House Arcade
Market Street
Launceston
PL15 8EP

Barefoot Media *can receive boxes during lock down, but please contact first to arrange a time*

Little Trewollack, St Wenn, Bodmin. PL30 5PL

Kilkhampton Spar *open for drop-offs*

The Square, Kilkhampton, Bude, EX23 9QQ

The Rectory *open for drop-offs, if no one is there they can be left in garage*

The Rectory
Forrabury
Boscastle
PL35 0DJ

St Minver School *open during lockdown – please leave boxes on porch*

Rock Road, Wadebridge PL27 6QD -Please leave all boxes on the porch and do not enter the building

Camelford Library *open during lockdown*

Market Place
Camelford
PL32 9PD

Trevisker garden centre*open for drop-offs*

Padstow PL28 8LD

Muddy Paws Pet supplies*open for drop-offs Mon-Sat 10am-2pm*

5/7 Market House Arcade
Fore Street
Bodmin
PL31 2JA

The Laid back Coffee Co *open for drop-offs on Mon & Fri, or contact to arrange a time*

Unit 3
Saltbox
Goldsworthy Way
Wadebridge
PL27 7GF

Charlies café and Deli *open for drop-offs on Tue, Wed, Fri & Sat*

Fore Street
Tintagel
Cornwall PL34 0DA

Trewornan Manor. *business closed, but you can still drop-off during lockdown*

Trewornan Bridge, St Minver, Wadebridge, Cornwall. PL27 6EX pls drop-off between 9am-6pm

Concern Wadebridge *open during lockdown*

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

Duchy Designs *Boxes can be left on table by the front door*

The Duchy Unit, Hawksfield Cornwall, A39 Atlantic Highway, St Breock, Wadebridge, PL27 7LR

West Cornwall

Control Print

Cardrew Industrial Estate, Redruth. TR15 1SS

St Meriadoc CofE Junior Academy *– open during lockdown–*

Cranfield Road
Camborne
TR147PN

Redruth Library * Open during Lock Down*

Redruth Civic Centre
Alma Place, Redruth TR15 2AT

Salvation Army – St Ives

Wharf Road
St Ives
TR26 1LF
United Kingdom

St Ives Infants School*open for drop-offs please maintain social distancing*

The Burrows, TR261DN

WAC (whole again communities)*open Mon & Tue 9am-2:30pm during lockdown*

Treneere Estate at Colinsey Road, Penzance. TR18 3NZ.

St Uny Primary School *open during lockdown*

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

Falmouth, Penryn & The Lizard

Falmouth Natural Health *closed for lock-down*

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

Jolly Sailor Crossfit *– closed during lockdown–*

Longdowns, Penryn, TR109NA

Trelowarren Arms *– closed during lock down–*

Trelowarren Arms, Budock Water, Falmouth TR11 5DR

Falmouth Training Solutions

Bridge House, Tregoniggie, Falmouth, Cornwall, TR11 4SN

Red Lion, Helston* closed but will meet at pub to receive boxes if messaged on FB*

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

Truro

Spar Shop *open for drop-offs*

Tresawles Road, Highertown, Truro, TR1 3LF

Whyfield

*open for drop-offs*

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

Roseland Visitor Centre *CLOSED – but email manager@roselandinfo.com to arrange a drop-off time*

The Square
St Mawes
TR2 5AG
Open MON-THURS 10am-1p

East

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)

Price Busters

61 Fore Street Torpoint
Pl11 2AB
9-4 Tuesday Thursday Friday
9-1 Wednesday
9-2 Saturday
Closed Sunday Monday

Rio

2, Pike Street, Liskeard PL14 3HS (next to Barclays bank) Drop-off times TBC

Kernow Cars & Coaches *open on Saturdays between 10pm-8pm*

Unit 7 Millbrook business park
Millbrook
Cornwall
PL11 3ED after 5pm on Fridays and after 10am all day Saturdays.

Mid

Venton

Chapel Parc, Chapel Town, Summercour, TR85AH

C Space *open for drop-offs Tue & Thur 9:30am – 3:30am*

5-7 The Crescent, Newquay TR7 1DT
9am to 3pm Monday to Friday

Trevornick Holiday park *open to receive boxes between 9am-5pm*

Holywell Rd, Newquay, TR8 5PW

CO-OP Food Store *open during lockdown*

Church St
St Columb Minor
Newquay
TR7 3ET

Treway Farm Turkeys *open for drop-offs*

Treway Farm,
Coombe,
St Austell,
PL26 7LS

Gilmores

11 tower road Newquay.
Open tues-sat 3pm-10pm

St Blazey Post Office

Premier Stores and Post Office, 12 Fore Streer, St Blazey, Par, PL24 2NJ

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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
    • 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 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 1200 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

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