a collection

Getting started

1. Register your group online

2. Set a date for your collection

The earlier the better! We have a lot of sorting and packing to do to make sure the food and gifts get distributed before Christmas.

Your collection could be one specific day or a period of a few weeks — just make sure everyone knows when the deadline is.

3. Promote your collection!

  • Put up the posters.
  • Hand out the postcards.
  • Play the video.
  • Share what you’re doing on social media.

Shopping list


Here are the things we include in a food hamper. Standard sizes (as indicated) are preferred to help fit everything in neatly.

  • Christmas cake
  • Christmas pudding
  • Dried pasta (500g)
  • Jam (500g)
  • Lollies (200g)
  • Long-life milk, custard or cream
  • Packet of biscuits
  • Pancake or cake mix
  • Sugar (500g)
  • Tea (50pk) or coffee (100g)
  • Tinned fruit (825g/425g)
  • Tinned ham (450g)
  • Tinned salmon (415g)
  • Tinned vegetables (425g)

Gift ideas

  • Pre-school
    • Age-appropriate games
    • Educational toys
    • Picture books
  • Children
    • Good-quality toys
    • Outdoor games
    • Sporting equipment
  • Teenagers
    • Gift cards/vouchers
    • Sporting equipment
    • Toiletry packs

Sadly we can’t include chocolate as it’s likely to melt.


You can download these resources to help promote your collection.