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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.