​Shoebox Appeal 2015 – The Result 

Last year, alongside our Give A Dinner appeal, we asked if you could fill a shoebox of gifts for the people we support, and the response was overwhelming…


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When we asked you if you could put together a shoebox of gifts for the people we support, we had hoped to be able to provide gifts to some of our residents in our supported accommodation, most of whom have very little.  We were amazed and so grateful at everyone’s generosity- all of you really did all make Christmas a very special day, for local vulnerable people.

Mark from our Integrated Offender Management team said:

The first two presents went to two young lads who were totally over the Moon, both with what they received and the fact that they were gifts from unknown people.  

There was a lovely note in one which was from a mother who’s own son had been homeless for a while.  It even had a Starbucks gift card in it so he could go and get a hot drink and a bacon roll.  

I was really touched by everyone’s generosity.

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Our Care Home were really pleased to share this photo of their Christmas tree, with all your gifts ready to be opened by the people we support on Christmas morning.  Andy, who has lived with SSJ for some time, pictured above, said:

The Presents look amazing as we have not usually got many presents under our tree at the Care home

And our Housing Management team were delighted when hand-delivering your gifts, particularly when residents chased after them to thank them.  Some people told them this was the first Christmas gift they had in many years!

Alongside shoeboxes from individuals we were very happy to visit Netley Marsh Brownies to see them create their boxes and would like to thank them for their thoughtful gifts.
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We also had a great number of donations from local businesses, with Simply Finance collecting 100 boxes, distributed to SSJ and other local homeless charities.  You can read more about this donation in this Daily Echo article


SSJ Operations Director, Jane Smith, told the Daily Echo this week:
Many of the people we support have no family or social networks and Christmas can be a very isolating and distressing time and the generosity of local people has really been a huge benefit to them


We were truly overwhelmed by the response and would like to extend a huge “THANK YOU” to everyone who took the time to put a shoebox together and hope that you’ll continue to support our shoebox appeal in coming years.

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What’s the next event?   One Bag Drop …


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2 Responses to ​Shoebox Appeal 2015 – The Result 

  1. Rev Mavid Masters October 19, 2016 at 5:25 pm #

    Do you guys have a POSTER I can put up in the church?

    • Sam Bax October 20, 2016 at 11:24 am #

      Hi Rev Masters. We’ll email one to you! Thanks for your interest in the Shoebox Appeal!

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