Christmas in the Community 2020 – how you can help

This year is going to be different but there will still be a huge effort from community groups to make sure that everyone in the community enjoys a festive Christmas. This has been tough year for so many, so if you can help, please contact the relevant charities below so hopefully no-one falls through the cracks and everyone has a reason to smile this Christmas.

Swift Couriers Louise Purton Christmas Toy Appeal

This annual Toy Appeal allows parents, carers and grandparents to select for themselves a gift for their child for free at the Community Furniture Project. They get to take it home, wrap it in their own paper, find a good hiding place and then give it to their child on Christmas morning.

If you would like to donate a gift, we need presents suitable for boys and girls, 0 – 19 years old. Gifts need to be new and un-wrapped. Please drop off gifts at these locations, or to arrange a collection please call 01635 571703 and Swift Logistics Group will happily come and collect.

 

West Berkshire FoodBank Reverse Advent Calendar

The FoodBank reverse advent calendar is a way to buy something everyday for 24 days in order to create a lovely hamper at the end for FoodBank. It’s a very popular idea with children and families. When your hamper is complete please either drop it to the FoodBank warehouse, 80 Greeham Business Park, RG19 6HW (Mon-Fri between 9am to 12pm) or arrange a collection by emailing FOYD@westberks.foodbank.org.uk or calling 07836 500610. Hampers must be received by Friday 18 December. 

Newbury Christmas Dinners

Christians Together in the Newbury area are offering a community Christmas Day meal delivery service this year using the St. George’s Church Kitchen and Hall for their meal preparations, with grateful thanks to them for allowing them to use their excellent premises. 

Unfortunately, due to the covid situation, they are not able to have their usual celebration but they have decided to do meal deliveries at home to the elderly and vulnerable who would otherwise be without a cooked meal, within 5 miles of Newbury.

Should you or anyone you know be in this category please contact Joanna on marinaoabraham@gmail.com or 07828244119 with their contact details for meal and gift delivery on Christmas Day.

This could not take place without willing volunteers who give up this special day to support the elderly people in every way possible to make Christmas Day a remarkable one for them.

Spotlight UK Berkshire’s Christmas Toy Appeal

Spotlight UK Berkshire’s Christmas Toy Appeal It is heartbreaking that so many children could potentially go without this Christmas and so this is why the Hungerford christmas toy appeal need your help to avoid this happening.
 
Please donate either using the amazon wishlist which you can do from the comfort of your own home or alternatively you can donate financially through justgiving.
 
If you would like to help but would rather use local companies, that is great too. Just contact Loretta@spotlightuk.org or Charlottec@spotlightuk.org who can arrange pick up and drop off points.
 

West Berkshire Council’s Community Santa & Giving Tree Appeal

In addition to the annual Giving Tree Appeal for victims of domestic abuse, this year the Council is also running a Community Santa appeal to bring a smile to those in our communities who have had a particularly difficult time, perhaps through isolation or bereavement. Please donate by 7 December.

Adopt a Family this Christmas

Shannon Oakey has set up the Adopt a Family this Christmas facebook group to appeal for Christmas gift donations for families in need. The drop-off point is the Co-op on Hungerford High Street. Please contact Shannon on facebook if you would like to donate or you know a family in need.

Wantage & Grove FoodBank Christmas Parcel Scheme

Christmas parcels usually contain a Christmas pudding, a Christmas cake, a tin of ham, a tin of salmon, mince pies, biscuits and other appropriate items, donations of which are gratefully received. Please note that the ‘best before’ date on these items should at least be the January after Christmas.

Please contact Wantage & Grove FoodBank on wantageandgrovefoodbank@gmail.com and we will arrange a time when it can be picked up, or be delivered to us.

Ray Collins Wantage Christmas Hamper Appeal

Over the last five weeks the Ray Collins Charitable Trust have been working with The Wantage and Grove Food Bank, Wantage Independent Advice Centre and The Mix Community Fridge to produce the Wantage & Grove Community Christmas Hamper. They have worked tirelessly over the last seven months helping those in need and they are joining together to reach more people and deliver hopefully about 300 hampers this year.
 
Sadly due to Covid restrictions usual collections in the supermarkets aren’t possible so supporters are asked to donate via www.raycollinstrust.org If you run a local business and would like to sponsor a hamper please email info@raycollinstrust.org
 
Many families and individuals are facing the threat of redundancies, loneliness, mental health issues and financial worries this year so with your continued support let’s bring some joy to their households with a Christmas hamper.
 

Wantage Christmas Day Dinners

 The Trust is also unable to hold their 8th Christmas Day Dinner for local elderly and vulnerable residents living in isolation so they have arranged for a traditional Christmas dinner, apple crumble and custard, mince pies and chocolates to be delivered along with a hamper on Christmas Eve or Christmas Morning depending on volunteer availability.
 
We have the capacity to cook and deliver 120 meals. A huge thank you to Claire Green for volunteering to cook all the meals in her kitchen at Thameside School Abingdon.
 
If you would like to volunteer to help pack the hampers, deliver the hampers or deliver the Christmas meals please email info@raycollinstrust.org and we will notify you of the dates.

Donate to Charity instead of having an Office Christmas Party

If your office party plans are cancelled this year, why not donate what the party would have cost to charity instead.
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