It goes without saying that Christmas is a difficult time for homeless people. Not only is the weather cold and unforgiving, but the focus on gift giving and spending time with loved ones can easily make a homeless person feel deprived and isolated.
That’s why the gifts you give each year are so important. Even the smallest present can let a homeless person know that they’re not forgotten. So first of all, thank you for everything you’ve given in previous years. Your gifts will have made a big difference in people’s lives.
Sadly, what is sometimes forgotten is the fact that a homeless person’s hardships last beyond the Christmas period. So this year we’re focussing on giving good quality gifts that will be useful in the long term.
What should I give?
If you’d like to give a gift to a homeless person this Christmas, you can find the list of items we're accepting on our Practical Donations page. Unfortunately, due to our limited storage space, we can only accept items on this list.
What about shoeboxes?
In previous years, we’ve asked you to put a collection of items in a shoebox. However, sorting through all of the boxes has proved very labour-intensive for our volunteer team. The boxes are also rarely of use to homeless people, which can unfortunately result in a lot of littering in our neighbourhood. That’s why we’re asking for individual items this year – saving you and us time, and making sure homeless people receive useful, long-lasting gifts.
Where does my gift need to go?
Christmas gifts can be dropped off at our main office at 32 Stapleton Road, Easton, Bristol, BS5 0QY, Mon-Fri 8:30am-5pm. Or, if you’re ordering them online, you can get them delivered straight to us using the same address.
When's the latest I can give?
We're closing for Christmas at 12pm on Christmas Eve, so please don't drop off or have anything delivered any later than this.
Thank you for your kindness and donations.