Over the years we have been able to build relationships with many families, who have been empowered to succeed. With the help of numerous partners, we have been able to bless many families in Brighton and Hove through our Christmas Cheer Project. We have provided hampers to families who most need the help and support over the Christmas period.
For Christmas 2017 we were able to provide 85 overflowing hampers; gifts and non-perishable foods. This allowed us to bless, approximately 230 individuals on Christmas morning. The recipients were delighted, overjoyed and overwhelmed at the love demonstrated. Families were fully able to celebrate Christmas and share the gifts with those they love.
Continued support enabled us for the second successive year, to provide 35 families with all the ingredients for a traditional Christmas dinner; turkey, stuffing and all the trimmings, along with Christmas pudding and cream. As with the hampers these was gratefully received.
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Quotes of appreciation for Christmas hampers
‘We were really blessed to receive hampers and food parcels. We were able to share the contents with five other families. It was amazing! Thank you so very much for this wonderful Christmas gift.’
Single Dad with young son
Text message from a friend of dad and son; ‘Dad is so happy! The little boy has been asking for a bike but dad couldn’t afford it! He says thank you! thank you! A terrible year has just got better’.
On Christmas Day; text message; ‘the little boy loves his bike, thank you’
‘I have just opened my hamper thank you for all the lovely things inside, I wasn’t looking forward to Christmas, I was just going to let it pass by, but receiving this hamper changed my outlook thank you’.
Single mum with daughters
‘Thank you for the lovely toy and food hampers I don’t know what to say but thank you for making my girls' Christmas a happy one’.
Family of 6
‘Thank you for the amazing hamper, my boys had an amazing, perfect Christmas, thank you is not enough for all of what you have done’
Family of 3
‘We were overwhelmed with the gifts and food we received in our hamper. It was such a blessing to us at a time when we were struggling with the pressures to afford toys for our son and gifts for all our family. We are so grateful to everyone who donated and made our Christmas an extra special one’
Fresh Start would not be able to do so much without the generous donations and we are delighted to be able to empower so many people at this time from donors wanting to give but not knowing how to; to recipients who received the gifts that enabled them to be able to enjoy Christmas in ways they had not expected. The confidentiality of those that received the gifts is maintained at all times.
With thanks to our donors:
- Southern Cross Evangelical Church, Portslade
- Central URC Church, Hove
- Hurstpierpoint Evangelical Church
- St Luke’s Church (Prestonville), Brighton
- Brighton City Boxing Club
- Soiree Rotary Club, Hove
- Holy Cross Church, Hove
- Waitrose Community Matters
- And many individuals