Christmas can be a difficult time for the most vulnerable in our communities, and this year it is likely to be even tougher due to changes to Universal credit, increased energy costs, food shortages, and the rising cost of living. We were very thankful to everyone who contributed and made our Christmas appeals successful last year – whether that was donating gifts for seniors or delivering hampers to local families.
We are running a Christmas hamper appeal again this year and hoping to spread even more Christmas cheer to those most in need. We are looking for donations and practical support from individuals, local organisations and businesses. Can you pledge a hamper (or more) to help?
Keep reading to find out more about how to get involved.
What is the Christmas Hamper Appeal?
This year we aim to deliver 150 hampers to people in need over the Christmas period. The hampers will include Christmas food, gifts, and for some beneficiaries, store cupboard essentials and household consumables.
Who is it for?
The hampers are for families, seniors and single adults either in financial need, or experiencing isolation.
When does it take place?
We will be taking pledges for the hampers until 19th November. We will contact you shortly after the 19th November with details for making up hampers. The hamper will then be delivered between the 16th and 22nd December.
How can I get involved?
Once we’ve matched your offer with a resident/family we will be in touch with details of the recipient(s).
Then all you need to do is make up your hamper, either individually, as a family, or with friends or colleagues, and we will let you know about arrangements for dropping off.
Please feel free to get creative with your wrapping and hamper decoration – a great looking hamper really shows people they are valued.
Your hampers will be delivered by our volunteer drivers over the Christmas period, alongside emergency food supplies, where needed.
Deliver some cheer
It takes a lot of drivers to deliver all the hampers, so if you own a car and would be happy to gift some time delivering, please get in touch via email@example.com or ring 01223 211945.
Partner with us
We’d love to hear from local organisations and businesses that would like to support the appeal in other ways:
- helping with to recruit drivers,
- supporting the appeal co-ordination,
- nominating families,
- donating store cupboard goods to accompany the Christmas hampers
- Make a Donation
Funding donations can be made via Donate | Abbey People CIO
What is in a hamper?
Below is a suggested list of contents for a single person. Please increase quantities appropriately if you are providing a hamper for a couple or family. We expect a hamper will cost between £35-50 but may be more for larger families.
You do not need to include store cupboard essentials in your hamper, as we will provide these and deliver alongside the hampers.
Please cleck the hamper recipient information carefully for any dietary requirements (e.g. vegetarian, halal, dairy-free)
- Coffee/hot chocolate
- Savoury snacks/nibbles
- Selection box or chocolate treats
- Festive sweets/biscuits
- Christmas cake/ pudding/ chocolate log or equivalent
- Mince pies
- Long-life custard or cream
- Age-appropriate gifts
- A Christmas card with a personal message