We launched our Christmas hamper project in 2011 and ran it for two years under the title ARMS WIDE OPEN, wanting to express that our arms are wide open to the people around us. Since then, the number of hampers collected has risen from 215 in 2012 to 2,136 in 2018.
Whilst the majority of hampers have been donated by individuals, families or community groups from within King’s Church London, many local educational institutions and businesses have also been involved in providing hampers. The hampers are distributed through partner organisations, such as Social Services and local charities, who deliver them to individuals and families for whom life is hard.
Big Red Boxes are available from mid-November to mid-December from the four King's Church London sites in Catford, Downham, Lee and Beckenham.
Details of how to donate are on the BIG RED BOX website (from October to December).
I just wanted to thank you, all the volunteers and the contributors who worked so hard to provide the Hampers. Most of the families we work with have high levels of need or are children classed as vulnerable or in need, so I can assure you that the Hampers are very much appreciated and will reach those in most need in the borough. Social Services Manager (2012)
One went to a student – a single mum whose husband is in immigration detention. She was VERY grateful and sent me a text later. Language School (2012)
For more information or any other queries please contact Big Red Box:
020 8690 5121 (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm)