Estranged from family and friends, Christmas can be a lonely time for some in the Waterloo area. So, remind them that somebody cares by getting involved in our annual winter appeal and help us continue to make a difference to the lives of local homeless, vulnerably housed and elderly people.
For several years Better Bankside have been running the Together at Christmas collection in 2016 businesses collected 4700 gifts delivered to over 1,600 people supported by 28 local charities and community groups. This December, WeAreWaterloo are joining Better Bankside in this effort to enable the Together at Christmas campaign to reach out to even more people.
If you or your business would like to take part in Together at Christmas 2017, here are the various ways you can get involved:
1. Host a collection box
Encourage your colleagues to donate unwrapped gifts by hosting a collection box in your office. Why not host more than one box and see which team can donate the most? Our festively wrapped boxes are 45x45x45cm in size, so can easily fit into your office. Boxes will be delivered straight to your office in early November and collected in early December (dates TBC). This allows the charities to receive the gifts in time for their own Christmas celebrations with service users.
For local residents or organisations not hosting a collection box, there will be a number of public collection points which you can bring your gifts to. Locations will be announced in November.
2. Donate gifts
What kind of gifts are needed? It’s very simple, we have three set categories:
• New warm clothing (predominately for men): underwear, warm socks, t-shirts, gloves, hats, joggers, jeans and footwear (size 9-10)
• Toiletries: disposable razors, shaving foam, deodorant, towels; shower gel, moisturisers
• Festive non-perishable food: luxury treats, boxes of chocolates and biscuits, Christmas puddings
Please avoid donating second hand clothes, tins or cans of food and alcohol. Remember these are special gifts, rather than charity shop donations!
3. Hold an in-house gift wrapping session
If you’re hosting a collection box, why not use this as an opportunity to bring your colleagues together and host a fun wrapping session. Full guidance will be provided by Better Bankside about what’s involved. All in-house wrapping sessions must be completed in early December (date TBC). This allows the charities to receive the gifts in time for their own Christmas celebrations with service users.
4. Sign up to WeAreWaterloo public gift wrapping sessions
Every year we hold a number of public gift wrapping sessions to help wrap and make the donated items into parcels before donating them. These sessions will be held in the first week of December so that the charities have the gifts in time for their Christmas celebrations. Specific dates, timings, and venue TBC. Wrapping sessions generally take place during the day with one late wrapping session after work. Any time you can volunteer to help is much appreciated.
Due to demand, only Waterloo based organisations, employees and residents are eligible to participate in our Together at Christmas winter appeal.