Christmas Boxes

Christmas Boxes
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Hello darlings

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This Christmas is really bothers me that we cannot support charities and so on as we usually can. Moreover there are people in our local communities finding the expensive time of Christmas more difficult in the pandemic. Christmas for families using foodbanks is going to be harder than ever and there are more of them than ever. So this year I would like to run an initiative where we pack up Christmas boxes for the children of these families so they have something to open on Christmas day. Attached is a PDF to help you but the idea is simple.

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  • There will be three age range boxes. 2 to 6 years, 7 to 11 years and 12 to 16 years.
  • THE GIFTS MUST BE UNISEX.
  • The gifts can all be obtained from a supermarket or online so no one has to go anywhere they wouldn’t ordinarily be going.
  • You MUST ensure is that the gifts are safe and age appropriate.
  • Each box should contain a chocolate selection pack along with some small presents.
  • Decorate your box with Christmas paper
  • MARK YOUR BOX WITH THE SYMBOL on a gift tag so the foodbank know the age range.
  • The value of the box should be around £15.
  • Take it to your nearest drop off point

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There are photographs on the attachment that help you with ideas. It is important that we keep to that £15 figure so no family has one box with £50 of stuff in and another with £5 in. Horrible for the kids. The total value of everything in the pictures was £40.50 so £15 a box is enough. Ideas can range from magic one size fits all gloves, to books, light up toothbrushes, slime pots, colouring books and pens, craft packs and more. You will see the three boxes I have created. Make sure you label them with the symbol for that age. We need to make this easy for the foodbanks to do. They are very busy sadly.

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I have contacted the foodbanks in Exeter, Plymouth, Exmouth, Ottery, Honiton and Sidmouth. Exeter have said they are very fortunate and have run a scheme so that they don’t need this help and would be delighted if the smaller foodbanks could benefit instead. I will be collecting these all up on Monday December 7th and taking them to the foodbanks that week. You take yours to the drop off point nearest you. Please don’t disturb the person living there. You simply leave it in the dry place they have specified.

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The drop off points:

EXETER – Julie Short, 60 Cowick Hill Exeter EX2 9NG – GREEN SHED. Leave inside it

SIDMOUTH – Paul Burton 52 Sidford Road, Sidmouth EX10 9LP – Please drop boxes to the porch at the back door in a bag. Don’t disturb the house. No need to knock. They’ll be moved to the garage by Paul

OTTERY – Anne Eckhardt Green Pastures, New Street, Ottery St Mary EX11 1EA – Please leave parcels in the porch and ring the bell! They can then be moved to the garage

EXMOUTH – Khristine Norton 11 Withycombe Park Drive, Exmouth EX8 4EJ – Leave on the doorstep. The dog will bark so Khristine will know you’ve been. On road parking

PLYMOUTH – Beccy Warner 38 Revel Road, Higher Compton, Plymouth PL3 5EL – Lidded box near front door. Dogs inside will alert Beccy. On road parking

PLYMSTOCK – Kerry Woodall Santander The Broadway, 9 Dean Hill, Plymstock PL9 9AA – Take into branch which is open 10am to 2pm until December. Car park nearby

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It is important to say that £15 doesn’t sound a lot to some of you but may be a huge amount to others among you. This is a really difficult year and I do not want anyone feeling pressured at all in to doing this. You might want to make a load of boxes, others might want to get three people to put in £5 each for one, others this is the last thing you want to think about. All of that is ok. We are in this together. And if anyone is in the position where they could do with some of these boxes coming to them for your family then please do get in touch. I will help.

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Thank you for continuing to support La La’s wider work. I have always believed that the balance payment I make for being able to do what I love for a living and have all of you in my life, is to put something good back into the world and I could not do that without your help.

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Love you all millions

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Sam xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx