Christmas Box Appeal for Your School

Guidance and resources to help you make the most of the Christmas Box Appeal.

Thank you for your interest in the Christmas Box Appeal. Whether you are simply thinking about joining in, or your school has committed to supporting the appeal, hopefully you will find all the information you need to make a decision or get started here. If you have any questions, please get in touch with us at rich.parsons@fscinet.org or 01722 580192.

Can my school join in with the appeal?

We would love to have your support, but our logistics coverage is mainly limited to Southern England, South & West London, the West Midlands and South Wales. 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.

Your school can choose from two different ways to take part in the appeal:

OPTION 1:
Individual pupils make boxes at home and bring them into school.

This is the standard way of making boxes. The process usually looks something like:

  1. After initial approach from FSCI school agrees to support campaign.
  2. Optional presentations take place in school assembly, ideally before end of term in October.
  3. Children take home a leaflet each, containing instructions on how to make a box and make a donation for its shipping, along with ideas and suggestions of what to put in the box.
  4. Children bring in their boxes by a deadline date fixed by school and FSCI (typically mid-November).
  5. FSCI arrange collection of boxes (normally day after above).
  6. FSCI sort & pack boxes ready for shipping and…
  7. Distributions in SE Europe from December 10th.

Download Leaflet  Download Labels  Download Poster

OPTION 2:
School integrates appeal into autumn term curriculum.

This way offers the chance for the school to create lessons around the appeal. Aspects can include social responsibility, giving and even maths (see below). It also means that everybody gets a chance to participate – ensuring that those who may not be able to make a box in the normal way have an opportunity to join in.

  1. After initial approach from FSCI school agrees to support campaign.
  2. Optional presentations take place in school assembly, ideally before end of term in October.
  3. Children take home lists of items to purchase for boxes. Parents then can buy and donate items in bulk, such as:

Sweets
Small toys
Balls
Jigsaws
Small “Loom” kits
Combs & hair accessories

Pens/pencils/cases
Colouring books
Sticker books
Toothpaste/brushes
Soap/facecloths
Gloves/Hats/Scarves

In addition, empty shoeboxes will need to be sourced (max size 395mm long x 240mm wide x 118mm deep). Buying items in bulk will be cheaper and less time intensive for the parents. In some schools the PTA adopt the project and raise funds to add to the donated items. We also ask for £3 per box to help with shipping and distribution costs. This can be requested of parents or the PTA could target this.

  1. Items are brought into school and a time set for the children to “make up” the boxes from the donated items. This can take the form of time slots being set for each class to come in during a designated day for a “making session”, where the children, working in pairs or small teams choose from the donated items to make up boxes using simple process and guidance supplied by FSCI (see Resources, below).
  2. FSCI arrange collection of completed boxes (typically during mid-November).
  3. FSCI sort & pack boxes ready for shipping and…
  4. Distributions in SE Europe from December 10th.

A number of schools are now adopting this second approach and have found it to be a very effective means of teaching about related issues as well as supporting a positive cause. It can help cover a number of curriculum items and has involved the whole school as even those whose parents cannot contribute get the chance to join in with the box making.

Resources

Downloadable templates and materials to support OPTION 2.

Participated before?

Download 1: A combined note and list (A5) for parents that you can edit and print to suit.

Change dates and add other information to suit your timetable.

The template varies the list of items a little, so try and give out equal numbers of each list. Hopefully this will help to get an even spread of suitable items.

Note & list

Download 2: Cover letter to go with the list above.

Cover letter

New to our Christmas Box Appeal?

Download 1: A combined note and list (A5) for parents that you can edit and print to suit.

Change dates and add other information to suit your timetable.

The template varies the list of items a little, so try and give out equal numbers of each list. Hopefully this will help to get an even spread of suitable items.

Note & list

Download 2: Cover letter to go with the list above.

Cover letter

How to make a Christmas box
Process for pupils

How to make...

Guidance for teachers
Help your pupils pack shoeboxes

Guidance

Reminder list for parents
Short pre half-term reminder?

Reminder

Maths worksheet
For Primary School children

Maths sheet

If you would like to join in with the appeal this year, please do get in touch at rich.parsons@fscinet.org or 01722 580192.

Bring a group to help sort & pack Christmas boxes in Salisbury this November


Would you like to bring some of your pupils to help us sort and pack the boxes?
It’s another way for children to get involved and it also gives them a chance to volunteer in a safe, controlled environment. Get in touch at rich.parsons@fscinet.org to find out more.

We’ll be open during the day for sorting from 10.00am – 5.00pm from Tues 12th Nov – Fri 15th Nov and Mon 18th – Fri 22nd Nov TBC.

This year we will be sorting and packing boxes in 18 College St (former CAB building), Salisbury, SP1 3AL directions here.

Some of our volunteers took the time to tell us what they like about helping to sort & pack the Christmas boxes.