Christmas Box Appeal

Spreading joy in Southeast Europe

Everyone loves to receive a present at Christmas. 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 you can help to spread joy to thousands of people, fight poverty and prevent modern slavery…

Please come back in late July for news about the 2020 appeal.

Who Will Receive a Christmas Box?

Abandoned children living in state care,  poor rural schools and kindergartens, women’s refuges, prisoner’s children, isolated elderly people,  refugees and Roma children living in difficult conditions. Children like Elena…

How Do Christmas Boxes Help?

These presents show people who have been rejected or are living in poverty that they are loved and help us to build bridges with communities. Any surplus money generated by the appeal will help support our long-term projects – making a direct impact on the lives of vulnerable children and teenagers.

How to make your Christmas box


How can Christmas boxes help to prevent modern slavery?

We ask for a donation of £3 per box to help cover the cost of transporting and distributing your presents. Any surplus is used to help our long-term projects, such as the House of Opportunity, which prevents slavery and transforms the lives of vulnerable care leavers.

But a commitment of just £3 a month from you could help us to do even more.

Find out more here.

Find out how your school can join in with the Christmas box appeal.

Find out how your 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 2019 we had over 600 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 in Southeast Europe.

Christmas Box Appeal 2019 Project partners

We are very grateful indeed for the support of local businesses and organisations:


Would you partner with us to help spread joy to thousands of people in 2020?

Follow our 2019 Christmas box distributions