After our wonderfully successful shoebox campaign last Christmas, which was thanks to all of our lovely supporters and partners, I Have Enough are pleased to announce that we will be running another Shoebox campaign again this year. This is with the aim of helping as many people in need that we possibly can over the Christmas 2019 period. #LETSDOTHIS
Firstly, we have to thank everyone who helped us last year with very first Christmas Shoe box appeal for the homeless last year. We were utterly overwhelmed and completely touched at the kindness and effort that so many of you showed us last Christmas. (198 Boxes!) From those arranging collections, to those manning drop off points, to shoe box packers and donators and anonymous gift posters, everyone was so amazing and we really are grateful, from the bottom of our hearts to everyone who contributed in any capacity.
Our collected boxes were delivered to the Emmaus church refuge, Chatham on Saturday 22nd December 2018 and made a lot of people smile and after such success, we couldn't not do it all again this year.
2019 : How YOU can get involved
This Christmas, we're hoping to muster as much love and support as we can and repeat the amazing goodwill and compassion that we saw from so many of you last year. We would dearly love to be able to provide as many shoe boxes full of essentials and Christmas goodies to as many deserving people as we possibly can.
For you beginners, this is the drill :
Wrapped up empty Shoebox + Goodies + Christmas Card with a warm message of love = 1 lovely gift for someone in need.
For those of you that know how it works, what are you waiting for! #LETSGO
2019 : Loyalty Cards
Something new that we've come up with for the 2019 appeal is that this year, we're asking people to donate any fully stamped loyalty cards for coffee shops or fast food chains. This can be done by adding them to your shoeboxes. We think giving loyalty cards away is a great idea as it allows the recipient to use that card as and when they need. An essential factor, especially through the winter months.
Don't be shy! Donate as many loyalty cards as you can muster!
If you would like to set up a loyalty card collection point in your school, or place of business, this would be absolutely fantastic. We're after as many loyalty cards as we can possibly gather to help as many people that we can.
Background and Details
It's Christmas Time
Christmas should be a wonderful time of celebration. A time of sharing happiness, warmth and laughter with loved ones in a safe and joyous environment.
Perhaps a time of reflection? Reflection on the past year, on our own lives and our loved ones. A time to think about bright and exciting new beginnings that the coming year may bring.
Perhaps a time of appreciation. Appreciation, again of our loved ones and our pretty decent lives that for the other 364 days of the year, we may actually take a little too much for granted.
There's no need to be afraid?
Unfortunately for some, Christmas is none of these things. It isn't anything.
It's just another day. Another Struggle. Another time to be cold, hungry and alone.
Think of your fellow man. Lend him a helping hand.
This year, 'I have enough' are hoping to bring a smile of joy to the homeless of Kent by collecting desperately needed items, wrapped up in a Christmas shoe box with a little festive love and humanity thrown in.
If you would like to help us spread a little happiness this Christmas, we would be forever grateful and would like you to know what an enormous difference your generous gesture will make to someone this Christmas. Someone who is alone and homeless all year round.
put a little love in your heart (and your shoebox)
Our target this Christmas is to be able to collect 200 filled shoe boxes (1 more than last year!) for our homeless brothers and sisters, which will all be donated by you – the kind and generous people who care enough to help us make a difference.
If you're up for getting involved, thank you so much, we are so appreciative.
We’re hoping this is a quick and easy way for you to help someone this Christmas.
Donating is easy!
(As many of these sorts of items as possible!)
> Wet Wipes
> Small tin/container
> Puzzle book
> Snacks (see below guidelines)
> Hand warmers
> Disposable razors
> Make up (women)
(At least 2 of these, but the more the merrier!)
As mentioned above, we think an extra special item is a Christmas card hand written by you, with some kind words of encouragement, love or motivation that may help bring a smile to someone who doesn't have much to smile about all year round.
Drop off points
Drop off deadline Saturday 21st December 2019!
Central Avenue, Chatham Maritime
Kent, ME4 4TB
Please arrange a convenient drop off time - E: K.Johnson@gre.ac.uk T: 01634 883046.
University of Greenwich, a charity and company limited by guarantee, reg no. 986729.
25 Rocks Close
A few important guidelines, if you please...
> Please feel free to include appropriate snacks such as chocolate and sweets. Please do not include anything that may spoil.
> Please do not include anything that includes alcohol such as hand sanitiser… or alcohol!
> Please do not include any dangerous items such as knives or razors (disposable razors are acceptable) or medicines.
The more the merrier
I have enough are proud to be partnering with the fantastic homeless charity 'One Big Family' for our Christmas Shoebox appeal 2018. Without the tireless effort of One Big Family and their distribution channels and constant dedication, none of this would be possible. Thank you so much. It's an honour to work with you.
I have enough are also proud to be partnering with University of Greenwich #medwaycampus who are kindly allowing their Chatham campus to be used as a drop off centre for Shoe boxes. Without the assistance and co-operation of the campus we wouldn't have a Medway presence and for this we are eternally grateful. Thank you so much.
Thank you again from the bottom of our hearts. Thank you, thank you, thank you. With your help we can continue to make a difference to the lives of real local people who are just like you and I but may need an extra helping hand to get back on track.
We look forward to seeing you get involved and we wish you the most magical and warm festive season filled with love, happiness and peace. Something that all of us should be able to take for granted. Bless you all.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New year. #shoeboxappeal2019 #Ihaveenough