Epiphany House was a collection point again this year for Cornwall Christmas Box. The scheme collects donations of Christmas dinner boxes which are distributed via Social Services to local families in need.

Each box contains enough food for Christmas dinner for a family of 4 – 6, with all the extra little goodies, treats like mince pies and biscuits, and of course Christmas pudding. This year a record 245 Christmas boxes were collected across Cornwall!
Epiphany House had the privilege of hearing the wonderful stories of generosity as people dropped off their donated boxes to them prior to collection by the Cornwall Christmas Box team.

Loading up the Christmas boxes donated at Epiphany House.

They heard of several offices that had decided to donate a box together instead of doing Secret Santa. Other boxes were donated by a legal team running a training course at Epiphany House, from some of their regular House users and visitors and from those who had not been before but found them through the Christmas Box scheme. Cornwall Christmas Box is finished now for this year and they can’t accept any further donations, but you can find out about how to get involved next year, either by donating a box or acting as a collection point, at www.cornwallchristmasbox.co.uk.

Cornwall Christmas Box is organised by Truro Vineyard Church. They have been collecting Christmas dinner boxes to give away for the past 13 years. Each box is delivered by social services to families they know who need them. In 2016 there were 21 collection points across Cornwall, from Wadebridge and Bodmin down to Falmouth and Penzance. You can see the complete list of this year’s collection points and the shopping list for what to include in each box on the Cornwall Christmas Box website at www.cornwallchristmasbox.co.uk.

For more information, contact Lizzie Pridmore on retreat@epiphanyhouse.co.uk, 01872 272249 (part-time Monday to Thursday) or contact the Cornwall Christmas Box: hello@cornwallchristmasbox.co.uk