Last year’s Christmas shoe box appeal was hugely popular within our community, providing gifts and food to local families with more than 400 shoe boxes being received.
The Christmas shoe boxes are distributed in the run up to Christmas to families being supported by the Welcome Centre. We also pass these boxes on to other services supporting families in crisis such as Family Intervention Project, Huddersfield Mission and The Basement Project to name a few.
This year we are asking for your support again to provide gifts to local people in poverty and have provided clear guidance below on what we are able to accept. Please take the time to read the guidance to ensure your gifts are appropriate for us to pass on.
- The gifts we give out are to children of all ages including newborns, both male and female.
- We provide gifts for the adults in the family too, so each person receives their own gift.
- We regularly run out of gifts for boys aged 12-18 years old.
- We suggest a box limit of no more than £15 per person.
- Gift ideas can include toiletries, chocolate or sweets, hats, gloves, toys, colouring items and other luxury items
- Please do not include alcohol, war related toys, second hand items, sharp or breakable items.
We accept two types of shoe box
- Food box containing food and toiletry items only
- Gift box containing gifts for a specific age group i.e aged 10-12 years old.
All items in either boxes should be in date, unopened and new.
What do I need to do?
Choose which type of box you wish to make up and if it is a gift box which age group and sex it is for, fill with suitable items up to the value of £15, and if you want to wrap the box please wrap the lid and box separately.
Where and when do I deliver them ?
Boxes need to be delivered to the Welcome Centre at Unit 7 Queens Mill Industrial Estate, Queens Mill Road Lockwood by 8th December so we have plenty if time to give them out.
Why do I need to wrap the box and lid seperately?
All boxes are checked to make sure their contents are appropriate before they are handed out. Although we set out clear guidance on the shoe boxes we do still find items that are not suitable within them, and as the provider of these gifts we must take responsibility for the contents of them. We also need to ensure that if a family of four receive a box each, that the boxes are of similar standard for fairness.
What happens to any items that are second hand, opened or inappropriate?
Any items that are not deemed appropriate are removed and either used to fund raise via our selling pages or passed to another charity. We try where possible to ensure that the guidance is clear as to what is appropriate so that we don’t have to do this.
Why do you need them so early?
Boxes are given out the via other services in the two weeks before Christmas as this is one of our busiest times.
What happens if you receive too many gifts?
Last year we received over 250 food shoe boxes which we were able to use in both our Christmas packs as well as for stock in January when donations are considerably lower. Any items such as selection boxes are handed out in the run up to Christmas as and extra gift to every Welcome Centre client. In the event of receiving too many toys etc we hold a stock of these for clients with children’s birthdays etc, and we may pass colouring items on to Sure Start and other childrens services.