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BIG RED BOX Journeys

2016 - 1760 boxes
  • 296 boxes: Social Services, Lewisham
  • 265 boxes: Social Services, Southwark
  • 235 boxes: Social Services, Greenwich
  • 150 boxes: Social Services, Bromley
  • 136 boxes: Family Support
  • 120 boxes: Health Visitors
  • 108 boxes: Salvation Army
  • 82 boxes: Community Support
  • 65 boxes: Lewisham Refugee & Migrant Network
  • 60 boxes: Hospice
  • 56 boxes: Housing
  • 55 boxes: Freedom Recovery Project
  • 50 boxes: Health Centre
  • 47 boxes: Jericho Road Project
  • 20 boxes: Age UK
  • 15 boxes: Other
2015 - 1356 boxes
  • 749 boxes: Social Services n Lewisham, Southwark, Bromley & Greenwich
  • 155 boxes: Health Visitors
  • 135 boxes: Salvation Army
  • 101 boxes: Lewisham Refugee & Migrant Network
  • 50 boxes: St Christopher's Hospice
  • 45 boxes: Housing
  • 33 boxes: Freedom Recovery Project
  • 20 boxes: Honor Oak Family Support team
  • 20 boxes: Northover Mental Health Team
  • 15 boxes: Disability Coalition
  • 10 boxes: Marvel Lane Children's Centre
  • 43 boxes: Other
2014 - 1096 boxes
  • 342 boxes: Lewisham Social Services
  • 140 boxes: Southwark Social Services
  • 100 boxes: Salvation Army
  • 80 boxes: Voluntary Care Centre
  • 77 boxes: Health Visitors
  • 50 boxes: Lewisham Refugee & Migrant Network
  • 50 boxes: St Christopher's Hospice
  • 46 boxes: SHIP (Single Homeless Intervention and Prevention)
  • 33 boxes: Freedom Recovery Project
  • 30 boxes: Bromley Social Services
  • 20 boxes: Bench Outreach
  • 20 boxes: Honor Oak Family Support team
  • 20 boxes: Northover Mental Health Team
  • 16 boxes: South London & Maudsley NHS
  • 15 boxes: Individuals known to King's
  • 10 boxes: Marvel Lane Children's Centre
  • 10 boxes: Family Support, Bellingham
  • 9 boxes: Downderry Lewisham
  • 3 boxes: Beecroft Children's Centre
  • 1 box: Family Lives, Southwark
  • 24 boxes: Other
2013 - 776 boxes
  • 324 boxes: Lewisham Social Services
  • 100 boxes: Bromley Social Services
  • 50 boxes: Lewisham Refugee & Migrant Network
  • 11 boxes: Honor Oak Family Support team
  • 70 boxes: Voluntary Care Centre
  • 12 boxes: Fairway Lodge Mental Health
  • 30 boxes: Southwark Social Services
  • 12 boxes: Health Visitors
  • 30 boxes: SHIP (Single Homeless Intervention and Prevention)
  • 12 boxes: Northover Mental Health Team
  • 10 boxes: Bench Outreach
  • 10 boxes: Freedom Recovery Project
  • 7 boxes: Jericho Road Project
  • 98 boxes: Individuals known to King's
2012 - 215 boxes
  • 120 boxes: Lewisham Family Support & Intervention Service
  • 10 boxes: Lewisham Refugee & Migrant Network
  • 5 boxes: Honor Oak Family Support team
  • 3 boxes: The Bridge School of English
  • 45 boxes: Voluntary Care Centre
  • 10 boxes: Northover Mental Health Team
  • 10 boxes: Southwark Social Services
  • 5 boxes: Female ex-offenders
  • 5 boxes: Ladywell Mental Health Team
  • 2 boxes: Jericho Road Project & those known to King’s
2011 - 246 boxes
  • 150 boxes: Lewisham Family Support & Intervention Service
  • 30 boxes: Lewisham Refugee & Migrant Network
  • 10 boxes: Honor Oak Family Support team
  • 6 boxes: The Bridge School of English
  • 30 boxes: Voluntary Care Centre
  • 20 boxes: Jericho Road Project & those known to King’s
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About BIG RED BOX

"The hampers have been really well-received. It's not just the families who appreciate them – the staff love giving them out and much consideration was given to making sure they were shared out fairly. Of the ones I took, one girl unpacked it as soon as I got there. The family were delighted! In another two families I know for a fact the adults in the families will habitually skip meals to feed their kids. The hamper will have made a big difference for them. I heard my colleague say that one little girl wrapped it up and put it under the tree." Social Worker


BIG RED BOX 2016

In 2016 we wanted to reach even more families in South East London and bless them with a Big Red Box. We had an amazing response and received an incredible 1,760 boxes – which took our grand total of boxes delivered to 5,000+ over six years!

As a result, nearly two thousand families and individuals were blessed over Christmas with a box containing a mix of essential items and Christmas treats. The boxes were distributed through partner organisations such as Social Services and local charities.

We are so grateful to everyone who partnered with us, especially the following:

  • Those attending King's Church London
  • Shoppers, staff and management at Sainsbury's Sydenham
  • Shoppers, staff and management at Sainsbury's Lee Green
  • Shoppers, staff and management at The Co-op, Downham
  • A generous donation from Waitrose Community Matters, Beckenham
  • Parents, pupils and staff at local schools & colleges
  • Employees at many businesses across South East London & Tower Hamlets
  • Many others in the local community


Background

We launched our Christmas hamper project in 2011 and ran it for two years under the title ARMS WIDE OPEN, wanting to express that our arms are wide open to the people around us.

In all, we collected 215 hampers. Whilst the majority were from individuals, families or community groups from within King’s, local schools and businesses also got involved in providing hampers, including Rushey Green, Rathfern and Prendergast Vale Schools. The Association of British Insurers also provided 7 hampers.

The hampers were given to the organisations listed on the left who delivered them to individuals and families for whom life is hard.

One volunteer said last year: "I was so glad that we decided to do this in this way. It made me feel proud to be part of something that is not about shining glory on ourselves and 'bigging ourselves up' as kind and generous but that truly wants to help those in need regardless of the status or thanks that we receive."

So check out the Food List to see how you can get involved this year.


Feedback

Packing Boxes "Just wanted to say thanks again for the hampers. I had the privilege of giving out 8 and they were certainly very well received by people struggling and would have made a big difference to their Christmas. I've heard lots of stories of kids being excited to find the chocs!"Children's Social Worker (2011)

Boxes"I gave one to a family who were overwhelmed to have been thought of. They opened it then and there and were especially grateful for the treat items, mince pies and Christmas pudding."Social Worker (2012)

Children"One box went to a staff member who recently lost her job. She anticipated a Christmas without any goodies and prayed about it with her daughter. The hamper was an answer to that prayer and a testimony of God's provision to her daughter." Language School (2012)