Christmas boxes

The journey of a Christmas box is one of sharing, giving and joy. The journey serves as a reminder that everybody deserves to wake up on Christmas morning with a heartfelt gift and a smile on their face – and you can make that happen. We know the festive season can be packed, and it can feel like there just isn’t enough time for gifts, socialising and endless food! Luckily the Silver Santa project makes your gifts journey streamlined and simple, making giving joy that little bit easier.

Follow the journey of one our Christmas boxes as it arrived at Amarna House Care Home in York, ready to be opened on Christmas Day.

Step 1

The first step of our Christmas boxes journey was to create one! Eager volunteers took shoeboxes, and wrapped the lid and the box separately. These were then ready to fill with lovely things, ranging from cozy fluffy socks and fun card games to mince pies and miniature Baileys to celebrate the season.

Step 2

Next up was our Packing Party. This involved lovingly wrapping and rewrapping gifts, and organizing them into male and female to ensure that everybody was being given the perfect gift for them and finishing these off with a hand-written card – these personal messages really set being a Silver Santa apart and put a smile on people’s faces.

Step 3

In the final step of the Christmas boxes journey, more than 80 boxes were delivered to the home on Christmas Eve, ready to be opened in the morning. The reaction was fantastic and the residents were delighted with their bespoke gifts and handwritten cards. Many of Amarna House Care Home’s residents sadly don’t have family to give them a gift on Christmas Day or a myriad of presents to wake up to. That’s why the gifts you give are vital in showing residents that they are cared for, valued and thought of this Christmas.

Become a Silver Santa

Become a Silver Santa by donating, or support the delivery of presents to residents in care homes this Christmas by volunteering.

By getting involved, you will help bring joy into the lives of the residents. We need the support of your school, your friends, family, sports club – any group at all, or just you yourself to make donations, to wrap and deliver parcels, to hand them out on Christmas morning.

Get involved

Just wanted to say thank you for the lovely Christmas present you sent my father in Armana House, York. He was delighted and surprised as we were. I think the idea is brilliant as a lot of people in the homes do not get a Christmas present and to see them open the surprise box is lovely.

Resident’s daughter

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