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Christmas Box Appeal

Bring joy to a life this Christmas

Christmas Box Appeal 2023 is now on!

Find out how you can get involved this year.

A Christmas box is a unique present put together by you, and donated via House of Opportunity and its partners to a marginalised child, woman or man living in poverty in Southeast Europe.

You can join in with the Christmas Box Appeal in a number of different ways – making presents; organising a campaign at your school, workplace, or church; donating items for boxes; volunteering to help us sort & pack boxes; donating money to help distribute the boxes. Read on to find out more…

Who Will Receive a Christmas Box?

Abandoned children living in state care,  poor rural schools and kindergartens, women’s refuges, prisoner’s children, isolated elderly people,  refugees and Roma children living in difficult conditions. Children like Elena…

How Do Christmas Boxes Help?

These presents show people who have been rejected or are living in poverty that they are loved and help us to build bridges with communities. Any surplus money generated by the appeal will help support our long-term projects – making a direct impact on the lives of vulnerable children and teenagers.

How to make your Christmas box


How can Christmas boxes help to prevent modern slavery?

We ask for a donation of £3 per box to help cover the cost of transporting and distributing your presents. Any surplus is used to help our long-term projects, such as the House of Opportunity, which prevents slavery and transforms the lives of vulnerable care leavers.

But a commitment of just £3 a month from you could help us to do even more.

Find out more here.

Find out how your school can join in with the Christmas box appeal.

Find out how your business, church or community group can join in.

Other ways to join in with the Christmas Box Appeal

Send us items to put into Christmas boxes

We need some items that we can use to help create boxes, or top up boxes that need a little extra. Donations of items in bulk will be very gratefully received. You can find a list of what we need below.

Please get bulk items to us by:

Volunteer: Sort & pack Christmas boxes

Each box we receive needs to be checked and made ready for transport. If you, your friends, family or group would like to help, and you live near our sorting & packing depot in Salisbury, then we’d love to see you in November! Find out more below.

Donate towards shipping & distribution costs

There is a lot of cost to get the boxes to Southeast Europe, and on to their ultimate recipients.  Any amount donated to help meet this cost will be very gratefully received. £4 will help cover the transport and distribution for one Christmas box.

What if I am unable to make a Christmas box but would still like to contribute?
You could help pay for the costs of getting boxes to children and families. A donation of £4 will pay for the transport of one box.

Follow the latest Christmas box distributions