This article is part of our "Homelessness: Not Just For Christmas" appeal.
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. Things like sturdy shoes, rucksacks and warm clothing will help someone at Christmas and beyond.
What should I give?
If you’d like to give a gift to a homeless person this Christmas, here’s our recommended list. We want your presents to last, so we are only asking for new items.
- Men’s sturdy walking shoes (like these), sizes 6-12
- Women’s sturdy walking shoes (like these), sizes 3-9
- Mid-sized rucksacks (like this), 30-40L
- Men’s boxer shorts (dark colours), sizes S, M & L
- Women’s underwear (dark colours), sizes 8, 10, 12 & 14
- Men’s and women's deodorant
*As thoughtful as they are, unfortunately we can’t accept hand-knitted items as they tend to let in the cold.
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.
How else can I help?
If you work for an organisation that might be able to donate some of the above items, or give CCM supporters a discount on their gifts, please contact Esther Lambert at email@example.com.
Thank you for your kindness and donations.
This appeal is specifically for gifts at Christmas. If you've got something you'd like to donate that isn't on the list, or is second hand, please visit our Practical Donations page to find out what we need year-round.