FSCI is once again asking the public to help some of Europe’s poorest people through its annual Christmas Box Appeal.
Christmas boxes are put together by people in the UK. Each box is wrapped in festive paper and filled with small gifts such as soap, stationery, gloves, hats, toys and sweets. The boxes are distributed to orphanages, poor Roma communities, women’s refuges, refugee camps, prisoner’s children, poor rural schools and isolated elderly or disabled people in Bulgaria and Serbia. For many, this will be the only gift that they receive this Christmas. Last year, despite Covid, nearly 6,500 Christmas boxes were donated by supporters in the south of England and the Midlands.
FSCI Operations Manager Rich Parsons says, “The Christmas box appeal continues to capture the imagination of people here in the UK, who generously donate presents and their time to help on the project.” Rich adds, “The response to last year’s appeal was amazing, considering all that was going on, and we hope lots of folk will want to get involved again this year. Your presents spread a great deal of joy and send a really encouraging message to people who live in extreme poverty. Many of the people we visit live with the risk of exploitation by people-traffickers and other criminals. For them to receive a Christmas box shows that there are people who want to bless them, not use them. That’s why we’re asking everyone who gives a box to tell a friend about our appeal. If everyone helps out in this way we can brighten many more Christmases!”
Find out how you can join in with the 2021 Christmas Box Appeal here.