...but for many vulnerable children and families in Southeast Europe Christmas serves as a reminder of their isolation and poverty. By supporting FSCI’s Christmas Box Appeal your company could help to spread joy to thousands of people and prevent modern slavery – read on to find out how.

Christmas Box Appeal 2017 – Thank you

How the Christmas Box Appeal works

Public donate presents

Our supporters fill up wrapped shoeboxes with carefully chosen, appropriate items. The appeal enjoys the support of schools, churches, businesses and community groups from all over the South of England, London, the Midlands and South Wales.

Sorting & packing

Hundreds of volunteers give their time to sort & pack donated Christmas boxes in Salisbury, where we are based.

Get trucking

The Christmas boxes make their way by road to Bulgaria, Serbia and Eastern Croatia, where more volunteers give their time to unload and distribute the presents.

Spread a little joy...

Christmas boxes are given to children and families in orphanages, Roma communities, refugee centres, women’s refuges and schools and kindergartens in poor rural communities.

More than Christmas shoeboxes...

How can a Christmas box help to prevent modern slavery?
It costs thousands of pounds to run the appeal so we ask for a £3.00 donation for each shoebox made. Any surplus will go to support projects like the House of Opportunity…

Thousands of vulnerable young people are trafficked throughout Europe every year

“The team of House of Opportunity were the reason I did not give up. They gave me hope.”

Maria* had every reason to be fearful of the future when she was faced with leaving the institution in Bulgaria where she grew up and having to find her own way in the world.

Throughout Southeast Europe, tens of thousands of vulnerable young people just like Maria are exploited by human traffickers, or fall into extreme poverty. Many end up on our streets, through no choice of their own.

FSCI’s House of Opportunity gave Maria the chance and the support that she needed to make positive choices. Maria is now married, has a young son and is a qualified kindergarten teacher.

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The more you can do to sponsor the Christmas Box Appeal, the more resources we will have to release into life-changing projects like the House of Opportunity.

Christmas Box Appeal profile and costs in the UK

The appeal enjoys support from right across the south of England and Wales, and is growing in the Midlands and London. Up to 200 schools join in with the project and well over 100 churches, business and community groups, along with thousands of individuals and families who also get involved. Last year over 650 people volunteered their time to help sort, pack and load the donated presents.

FSCI would like to grow the project, but there are significant costs that need to be met.

UK costs

Advertising & Marketing

Materials (20,000+ leaflets and posters), school visits, online (promotional video and web/social media).

Collections & Warehousing

Up to three vehicles, each covering up to two weeks of collections from participating organisations. Costs of suitable facility in which to sort & pack the Christmas boxes, making them ready for transportation.


Cost of transporting boxes from the UK to Bulgaria, Serbia and Croatia, including 1,500+ large cartons.

Project Lead

Time spent leading and coordinating all aspects of project in the UK and Southeast Europe.

Would your company help to meet the costs of this year's FSCI Christmas Box Appeal?

If your company would like to contribute either all or part of one of the above costs, or help the Christmas Box Appeal in kind, please get in touch with Rich at rich.parsons@fscinet.org or 01722 580192.


Introduction to FSCI

The Foundation for Social Change and Inclusion (FSCI) works in partnership with local communities and organisations to combat poverty and marginalisation in Southeast Europe. Led by a dedicated team in Sofia, FSCI is responsible for launching these programmes throughout the greater Balkan region.

Visit www.fscinet.org to see the impact our work is making on the lives of  vulnerable young people.

To help transform the lives of vulnerable young people, or to find out more, contact:
St Paul’s Church
Fisherton Street

01722 580192

FSCI (UK) is a Reg. Charity in England & Wales (1170914)
FSCI is a Reg. Bulgarian NGO (175633540)