Christmas Box Appeal

Spreading joy in Bulgaria and Serbia during Christmas

Each Christmas FSCI delivers thousands of shoeboxes filled with presents to some of the poorest people in Southeast Europe. Thanks to your wonderful generosity, we received an amazing 11,480 shoeboxes for distribution to poor and marginalised children and families in Bulgaria and Serbia during Christmas 2017.

The deadline for getting Christmas boxes to us for the 2017 appeal has now passed. Please come back later in 2018 for news about next year’s appeal.

Follow our 2017 Christmas box distributions

Who Will Receive a Christmas Box?

Your presents will make their way to abandoned children living in state care, Roma people living in difficult conditions, poor rural schools and kindergartens, women’s refuges, prisoner’s children, housebound elderly people and refugee centres.

How to make your Christmas box


How Do Christmas Boxes Help?

Christmas boxes show people who have been rejected or are living in poverty that they are loved. Received with smiles, laughter and even tears of joy, these presents help us build bridges with communities so that we can help through long term projects.

Can I join in with the appeal?

We would love to have your support, whether as an individual or a family or if you represent a school, church, business or community group.  Our logistics coverage provides for collection hubs in Salisbury, Coventry and North London (Brent). If you are northeast of the M40, west of the M5 or east of the M/A23 do get in touch and we’ll see how we can get you involved.

Find out how your school, business, church or community group can join in.

How does the Christmas Box Appeal work?

Fill a shoebox

Find and wrap a shoebox and decide who you’d like the box to go to. Fill your box with goodies to make up a great present. Take your box to your participating school, church or organisation or bring it directly to us.

Sort & pack

In 2017 we had over 650 amazing volunteers give their time to help us sort and pack all the Christmas boxes in Salisbury. If you’d like to help us this year you can find out more here.

Get on the road

It takes four days and a lot of cost to get the boxes as far as Bulgaria. A £3.00 donation will help cover the transport and distribution of your box. This can be done online which will help cut admin costs and is easier for you.

Spread a little joy

We start giving out boxes about December 10th. Follow us via the buttons at the foot of this page as we deliver your presents to children and families in Bulgaria and Serbia.

What if I am unable to make a Christmas box but would still like to contribute?
You could help pay for the costs of getting boxes to children and families. A donation of £3.00 will pay for the transport of one box.

Help us bring joy at Christmas to some of the most vulnerable people of Bulgaria and Serbia.