Monday 13 November 2017

Emmaus Colchester and Colchester Foodbank join forces this winter

christmas donations

We are appealing for Christmas present donations suitable for children aged 0-16 this winter for #ProjectChristmas.

From teddy bears, to toiletries, board games to stationery, donors are kindly asked to bring along brand new, unwrapped presents to the Emmaus office (175 Magdalen Street) by Friday 15 December. Presents will be wrapped and distributed by Emmaus Colchester staff shortly after this date.

People who collect donations from Colchester Foodbank will be given a voucher to take to Emmaus Colchester, where they will be able to collect a Christmas present for their family.

Last December Colchester Foodbank saw 310 children, and demand is rising this year. Emmaus Colchester is hoping to donate over 300 children presents this Christmas.

Michael Beckett, Colchester Foodbank Interim Manager says:

 "At Christmas, when finances are stretched, the weather is freezing and many people struggle to make ends meet, looking after vulnerable children is especially important.”

Speaking about why the charity has decided to distribute gifts to local little ones this year, Gintare Petrauskaite, Community Manager at Emmaus Colchester says:

“Last year, as a community we joined the Operation Christmas Child and wrapped shoe boxes that went to less fortunate children all over the world. This year, however, we decided to bring a smile and a bit of comfort to families in our local community. Christmas is the most magical time of the year that reminds us all of what is really important - kindness, solidarity to one another, compassion and empathy; and most importantly, it reminds us that the most valuable gifts are the ones we give to others.”

For more information on donations that Emmaus Colchester require, please contact Gintare on