This year has been so hard on so many.  BS3 is a fantastic place to live, filled with kind people who are willing to help others.  This year the local mutual aid group BS3 Community Covid-19 Response group Admin team, BS3 Community Development and BS3 Community Larder are working together to organise the biggest gift donation scheme the BS3 area has seen to date.

We have coordinated with other organisations to ensure that we reach as many of those in need as we can, so they get a little something special this Christmas.  Local schools, as well as local shelters and the tenants at Help Bristol’s Homeless accommodation will be given gifts kindly donated by you.

The gift list will link you to a local shop that sells a suitable gift item to donate, so that any money spent goes back into the community, and we will ensure the gift gets passed on to the right recipient.  Hopefully, this way everyone in the BS3 area will enjoy a slightly happier Christmas.

As you are probably very aware there are now only 5 weeks to Christmas Day!  That means we actually only have a maximum of three shopping weeks to get in all our donations – as we will need time to quarantine them, wrap and then deliver to the hundreds of families, children and vulnerable people in our community.  In fact the schools will need them earlier than this – so please start shopping and donating as soon as you can!

Obviously, we don't want to be inundated with the same gift for everyone so it would be great if you could check the amount of an item we need, and the amount already bought.  There should be a comment underneath the item link on the ‘Pass the Parcel Wish List’ that states the amount required and the amount bought to date.

If you would prefer to make a monetary donation which we can then purchase the gifts with, please use the following BACS transfer information:

Account Name:                BS3 Community Development

Account Number:            65477267

Sort Code:                         08-92-99

 

Please make sure to put ‘Larder Pass’ on your reference as that will ensure the monies get transferred to the Pass the Parcel account.

The system will not be perfect (as it has been brought about very quickly) but if you have any questions or are unsure of something please do get in touch.  Please contact us on either the BS3 Helpline 0117 381 2181 (between the times of 10am-4pm Mon to Fri) or email us at bs3.covidresponse@gmail.com.

There will be collection points for donated gifts at various points throughout the BS3 area – details of which can be found on the link below.  Also, many of the retailers taking part will hold back your donated gift in their store and inform us when it is ready to collect.

Thank you so much in advance for your generosity!  Please do pass on the word about the scheme.  We will need as many donations as possible to ensure everyone in BS3 receives a little something from us this Christmas, with love from this great community.

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