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Emergency Request from ODAS

posted 28 Mar 2020, 06:19 by Project Shoebox Oxford   [ updated 4 May 2020, 09:29 ]

Update 4 May 2020

My apologies for not updating you sooner, but we had a fantastic response to the request posted in March even though we were only collecting physical items for a few days.  On April 9 our contact with ODAS was able to pick up all the goods in photograph below and she was amazed, and very thankful, for what we (you!) had been able to gather. We also gave her £70 towards chocolate Easter eggs for the children in refuge. 

A few groceries for Easter.
Later in April we were able to give them £650 (yes, £650!) in vouchers for various grocery stores from money collected during the last few days of March.

Financial donations have still been arriving during April so we will be in discussion with ODAS as to how these can best be used to support them during this difficult time, whether with grocery vouchers or arranging grocery deliveries to the refuges.   
Update 30 March 2020

I have been talking with my contact at ODAS and they are concerned that collecting items may expose me to the Covid-19 virus and they would not want to be responsible for that obviously. 

What we have agreed is that I will accept donations that have already been promised up to 30 March, taking due care and precautions with gloves and sanitiser. The items will be stored for 72 hours before sorting to reduce any possibility of contamination as per current advice from the NHS. 

Going forward we are asking if people are able to help with financial donations and those will be pooled to buy grocery vouchers for the families in refuge. People can donate via the website PayPal button (on the right of this page), by making a donation from their own PayPal account to us, shoeboxoxford@gmail.com, OR by making a direct payment to our bank account. 

The bank account details are: 
Bank: Coventry Building Society 
Sort Code: 40-63-01 
Account Number: 70204712 
Name on account: Ms R C Tucker 
Reference: Your name. 

This is a separate bank account that was set up for handling donations for Shoebox Oxford. Where I can match a name to an email/message I will acknowledge the donations privately. (One reason why PayPal is useful is that I am able to use the email address easily for acknowledging the donation.) 

Many, many thanks to everyone who has responded so far. Both ODAS and I have been overwhelmed by people's generosity. 

Health and happiness to you all, 
27 March 2020

I realise that we all have to take care of ourselves first but would like to ask you if anyone can spare anything, I can organise a collection from the garden gate if you are self-isolating or are in quarantine. As you may know, the type of food items that we normally collect are: 

Basic items: 
  • Tea bags, regular and herbal 
  • Coffee, instant regular and decaff 
  • UHT milk, sugar, herbs, spices, cooking oil, rice, pasta 
  • Tins of soup, vegetables, fish, meat stew, pasta sauce etc 
  • Breakfast cereal, crispbreads, jam, honey 

  • Cake, biscuits, special teas, chocolate (or is this an essential basic?!) 

Even if all you can spare is a tin of tomatoes it will be a great help to families in refuge, all of whom will have moved away from family and friends in a desperate attempt to cut connections with an abuser. 

If you are able to spare some change, I will be pooling any cash donations to buy vouchers for various grocery stores so that families can get fresh produce to eke out the tinned supplies.  See the PayPal donate now button on the RH side of the page, or contact me for the bank account details if you wish to make a direct payment.

Many thanks for considering this request, wishing you and your families health and happiness. 
Blessings, Christine
More boxes
The packing team in 2014 including Cameron Jones who took the photo. 

Food packs
First food packages in 2015

Just some of the finished boxes 2015

Christmas Collections 2017

posted 31 Oct 2017, 20:45 by Project Shoebox Oxford   [ updated 14 Nov 2017, 17:03 ]

Christmas Collections 2017

Yes, it is November 1st and we are getting into gear for Christmas (finally).  This year, we are fortunate to have collection sites across Oxfordshire, so click on the link on the left that says 'Collection Sites' for a map that will give you the details of the site nearest to you.

Collections UK!

Unless stated otherwise, all the collection points will be open from the 1st to 30th November, and we will accept collections/packed boxes up to Thursday 7th December.  This will give us a chance to get it all sorted and delivered to the recipients before Christmas. 

We will also be holding various packing parties in Oxford during November and the first 10 days of December, details and dates here.  If you can't stay to one of these events and just want to drop off donations, that is fine. And if you can only come for an hour that is grand also. The more help the merrier!

We have updated our promotional materials, see the 'Useful documents' page for pdfs for you to download / print and use.  These will include guidelines to what goes into a box if you want to do your own. For people who want to have a packing party of their own we'll also be publishing our tips for holding one of these later in the month (available after November 15!)

Finally, on Wednesday 15 November, All Saints' in Headington are holding a Coffee morning, with proceeds supporting the work of Project Shoebox Oxford. Come along, drink some nice coffee, eat luscious cake, and hear about the work of Oxfordshire Domestic Abuse Services and O'Hanlon House.

Coffee and cake, yeah!

Upcoming Events

posted 13 Jan 2017, 15:27 by Christine Tucker   [ updated 31 Oct 2017, 20:11 by Project Shoebox Oxford ]

New Year, and we are carrying on with ... 

A New Year Sort out - Thursday 25th January, 6:30pm at All Saints Church House, New High Street, Headington.
Yes, it is after Christmas but we still have donations that we weren't able to sort out before then .. so we'll just be getting together to find out what we have got, possibly wrapping boxes with sparkly paper but generally having a fun time! So anyone who wants to join us will be more that welcome to come along and help. 
 If you can't stay and just want to drop off donations that you weren't able to give us before Christmas, that is fine. And if you can only come for an hour that is grand also. The more help the merrier. 
We'll have some refreshments (eg tea, coffee, biscuits, I may even bake a cake) to keep us fortified for the task! 
 All Saints Church House is in the same road as the house with the shark coming out of its roof. There will be a notice on the front door stating that this is where the party is! For those people driving, there is some parking on New High Street, which is part of a one way system. The postcode, for anyone using a sat nav, is OX3 7AL.

Then, Coffee Morning and Cake Sale - Saturday 25th February, 10:30am to 12noon, at All Saints Church, Lime Walk, Headington.
Together with All Saints Church we are holding a fund-raising coffee morning and cake sale. What better way to spend a Saturday morning than sipping coffee with friendly people and eating cake?!  (Cakes will also be available to buy.)  There will be a speaker from Oxfordshire Domestic Abuse Services to give a short talk about the work that they do.  There is no admission charge for this event, but if you want to bring a toiletry or food item (unopened and unused) please feel free to do so. Donations of cakes also welcome.
Please click here for a poster to advertise this event. 
More boxes

Christmas 2016 – The scope of the problem

posted 15 Nov 2016, 07:18 by Project Shoebox Oxford   [ updated 15 Nov 2016, 16:06 ]

In any one month, there are over 90 women and 40 children (including teenagers) living in an Oxfordshire domestic abuse refuge. Some may stay for a few days before moving on, others can be there for months. 

Project Shoebox Oxford aims to give them a bit of kindness with a gift of essential toiletries and food, enabling them to start again. Some women are able to make a planned withdrawal from an abusive situation and pack a bag.  Others may arrive at refuge with just the clothes they stand up in.  Over the holidays when food banks tend to be closed, the packs are essential. For some women, who are not able to access public funds due to their visa situation, the food packs are a vital part of their survival.

Our aim is to be able to give Oxfordshire Domestic Abuse Services (ODAS) at least 120 boxes for women and 60 for children this December. 

Giving them a gift of the essentials helps them cope with their situation, also it helps the workers with ODAS concentrate on building a rapport with the woman and her family straight away rather than worrying about how to meet their physical needs. 

Any extra items we get are distributed to homeless women in Simon House, or refugees via Asylum Welcome. This year has seen an increase in the number of people accessing both charities, and is unlikely to change soon. 

So all we ask is something simple, buy an extra toiletry or food item when you do a weekly shop and help us build a box of hope. If you are able to get together with friends or work colleagues to put a box together, that would be very welcome but is not an expectation.

We appreciate any items that we are able to use for the gift packs. This is all run by volunteers on a lot of love, kindness and sympathy for those in Oxfordshire for whom life is not good.

Shoebox Oxford – because we can’t do what we do without you.

Collection Points 2016

posted 17 Oct 2016, 13:57 by Christine Tucker   [ updated 3 Nov 2016, 06:14 by Project Shoebox Oxford ]

We are delighted to announce that we have several collection points set up for this year, and will let you know of any more as they come forward. 

We are collecting donations during the month of November, to allow adequate time for sorting and packing of boxes during the first week of December. Last year it all got a bit frantic at what can be a very busy time of year for people.

So far, collections are taking place in the following places:
Monday October 31 to Saturday November 12
104 London Road,
Headington, Oxford OX3 9AJ
Shop hours are 9:30am to 5:30pm, Monday to Saturday. 
* NB: Please, do not leave donations outside the shop when it is closed!

Tuesday November 1 to Wednesday November 30
85 Old Road,
Headington, Oxford OX3 7LB
Donations can be left in the porch at any time. 

Catte Street, 
Oxford OX1 3BW
Donations can be left in the Porter's Lodge, clearly labelled for Project Shoebox

7 The IO Centre,
Juggles Close,
Banbury, OX16 3TA 
Storagebase in Banbury have agreed to host a donation point for us during the month of November. Their opening hours are 8am to 6pm. Please contact them for further details if you are in the area. Phone 01295 221 122.

23 Upper High Street,
Thame, OX9 3EX 
Thame Therapy Clinic are kindly hosting another donation point for us during the month of November. Their opening hours are 9am to 6:30pm. Please contact them for further details if you are in the area. Phone 01844 215555.

We are very grateful to friends at The WindmillAll Saints, Hertford CollegeThame Therapy Clinic, and Storagebase Self Storage Banbury for their help with this project. 

How many weeks until Christmas?

posted 20 Sept 2016, 04:22 by Project Shoebox Oxford   [ updated 22 Sept 2016, 07:52 ]

OMG! How many weeks until Christmas? (About 13 actually)

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