'A Gift For All'. How to make and donate a festive shoe-box Hamper
All you need to know about making and donating a festive shoe-box hamper.
We've teamed up with partners; Age UK Merton, Commonside Trust, Friends in St Helier, Merton Council, Polish Family, St John’s Church High Path, Sustainable Merton and Wimbledon Guild to bring you the 'Gift For All Campaign' to help spread a little festive cheer to those more in need.
There are a few simple steps to make your festive hamper
Find a box, with a lid. A shoe-box sized one is perfect. Wrap the box and lid separately in cheerful paper.
We will be doing a quick check on the contents before it is gifted so please secure it in a way which can be easily reopened - we suggest an elastic band or loosely tied string.
STEP 2 - WHO IS YOUR HAMPER FOR?
We have the following recipient categories, so select who your gift is for.
*Please bear in mind that the majority of our vulnerable residents we're hoping to gift with a hamper are adult female.*
- Adult Female
- Adult Male
- Young Girl
- Young Boy
- Older Girl
- Older Boy
- Suits all
Find a gift tag and write the recipient details on e.g. Adult Female.
If you're making a hamper for a child then please also indicate the approximate age group your gift is for.
STEP 3. FILLING YOUR HAMPER
Please fill your shoe-box with a mix from the food and toiletry items along with a gift item bearing your recipient in mind.
Hot drinks including tea/coffee sachets/hot chocolate sachets
Festive treats; individual Christmas cake, Christmas pudding, biscuits, marshmallows, gingerbread
Confectionery – chocolates, novelty bars, small selection box
Wrapped sweets, novelty sweets, marzipan
Chutney, jams, relishes
Healthy bars – cereal bars, flapjacks, crackers
Jams, chutney, spreads, relish
Dry fruit, nuts
Toiletries A Gift
Soap bars/ Shampoo bars Warm socks
Bath bombs Warm slippers/Slipper socks
Lip balm Hat/Scarf/Gloves/Mittens
Body spray Reusable water bottle
Deodorant Reusable cloth bag
Hand cream Hair accessories - bands, clips, bobbles
Moisturiser Puzzle books/word search
Hand gel Diary/calendar/note book
Tissues Stationery/Writing set
Face wipes Book/Jigsaw Puzzle
Anti-bacterial wipes Christmas cracker or ornament
Nail varnish Colouring pencils/pens
Toothbrush Lego/Duplo/Play Dough
Make up remover pads Paying cards/Board Game
Face cloth Soft toy
Sponge Activity book - stickers, colouring
DONATING YOUR HAMPER
Once you've filled your hamper, please secure it in a way that it can be easily opened to allow us to do a quick check before gifting it - an elastic band or loosely tied string is recommended.
You can donate your hamper at one of the following donation points. We're doing our best to add to the list so please keep an eye on the page. If you're a business or organisation that could act as a donation point then please get in touch
Commonside Community Trust
New Horizon Centre
South Lodge Avenue
Monday to Fridays between 10am and 3pm
c/o Morden Baptist Church
Morden SM4 5BL
(Please come to the car park at the back of Morden Baptist Church - entrance on Grasmere Avenue)
Wednesday December 9th 4pm -7pm
Thursday December 10th 1pm - 4pm
Friday December 11th 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Saturday December 12th 10am-12pm
St John the Divine
Friday 27th November 9.00am-11.00am
Tuesday 1st to Friday 4th December 9.30am -11.30am
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