Christmas can be a difficult time for families of people in prison, asylum seekers & refugees, and other vulnerable people. The Christmas parcels appeal seeks to offer support and friendship at this time by providing food parcels.
Each year an appeal is made to Quakers, Trusts and other churches to contribute funds so that food can be purchased and supplied to those in great need known to the Probation Service (including families of those in prison) plus asylum seekers and refugees. A team of volunteers meets at Selly Oak Quaker Meeting House in the run-up to Christmas to pack the parcels: anyone is welcome to help out with the packing sessions, which are a positive, community-building event.
What is provided by the appeal?
- Over £18,000 raised
- 21,840 items distributed
- Weighing 6.2 tons
- Packed into 912 parcels (valued at £16 each)
(Figures: 2016 appeal)