‘Shortage of money and anxiety make it very difficult at Christmas. The shoe boxes were a huge help and had such lovely things in them that it made Christmas for us’
‘If they didn’t have the shoe boxes they wouldn’t have had fun’.
‘Like all parents we want to try and make Christmas as special as we can. Without your kind donations this just wouldn’t be possible, it’s such a great feeling knowing my kids will have presents to open.’
‘‘Not only have you provided a physical gift but happiness and a much needed morale boost that money cannot buy’ – Childrens Services
These are just a few of the comments that we received in 2015.
Over the last ten years the Andover foodbank has distributed more than 5000 Christmas gift boxes to local children in need. This year, after the opening of the Romsey foodbank, we will be helping children in a slightly reduced geographical area. We invite you to help make Christmas happy for a local child by donating a gift box or by donating money.
The scheme is very simple. Key workers at local agencies and schools identify children for whom a gift box will make a real difference and request a box for a boy or girl of a certain age from the Andover foodbank.
How you can help:
- We need churches, companies, schools and individuals to donate gift boxes or cash.
- Our Andover christmas box leaflet, which you can print and distribute, gives details of how to make up a box, labels and gift ideas.
- You can donate on line – £15 helps us produce an exciting box of gifts for a child.
We need the gift boxes by Friday 11 November to ensure that they are given to children by their care worker in early December. You should deliver them to the foodbank or contact us if you need to arrange collection.
We are grateful for your support.