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Sewa Day and CWT Christmas Shoebox Appeal 2021 – Can you help?

Sewa Day Nottingham is a charity which focused on doing selfless acts of kindness.

Over the last 18 months, in response to the pandemic, the charity has supported various foodbanks with over 100 tonnes of food, cooked over 50,000 hot meals for vulnerable and homeless people, distributed activity packs and Easter eggs to children and families alongside Christmas presents for survivors of domestic violence, homeless people, teenagers, young carers and children and families. You can find the details of our work on social media at


Last year, on the weekend of 12th December, a team of volunteers came together to sort and pack Christmas shoeboxes with gifts in Rushcliffe.

This event received media attention and Sewa Day was featured on BBC East Midlands Today and ITV News Central.

Articles about the impact of the project are available on the West Bridgford Wire, the Derby Telegraph and the YMCA website.

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None of this would have been possible without the support of members of the community.

At the end of a very difficult year, together we made a huge difference to those in need. We are planning to run this appeal again this Christmas along with Communities Working Together and we hope that you will consider supporting us again. For updates please follow us on Facebook: Christmas Gifts in a Shoebox.


This year we plan to pack over 1000 shoeboxes at the Edwalton Church Hall in conjunction with another charity, Communities Working Together. The recipients will be foodbank users from the Rushcliffe area, homeless people in Nottingham City and County, survivors of domestic violence in Nottingham City and County, Young Carers, Teenagers, Care Leavers and children in need. We are very grateful to Edwalton Church Hall, West Bridgford Colts, Green Treat Socks, Rehab Beauty and various other donors and volunteers without whom we would not be able to pack these shoeboxes.

Victoria Orr from Orrsum, Wilford said: “GreenTreat socks were delighted when asked to support the Christmas Shoebox Appeal and we hope to make a big difference to many local families this Christmas”.


Rev Ade Perham from Edwalton Church said: “We are so pleased to be helping Sewa Day Nottingham with their Christmas shoebox appeal.  The church looks forward to providing support to the volunteers to carry on their amazing and valuable work”.


We would like for people – both children and adults to get involved and for them to wrap a shoebox filled with presents for any of the categories below:

  • Children who are vulnerable
  • Survivors of domestic violence
  • Men (homeless)
  • Teenagers (care leavers, vulnerable)
  • Homeless people living in hostels
  • Alternatively, we are happy to just collect donations of things if you don’t have shoe boxes. No donation is too small!


We are happy to collect the wrapped shoeboxes from you or you can contact us directly on 07581 422 396 or 07739 296 582 and drop these shoeboxes to various drop off points in the City and County. It would be wonderful if schools and colleges can participate in our shoebox appeal and get all the students involved in the act of giving.


Last year we packed almost 1000 shoeboxes and this year we have the same target! We will be packing on 12th December in Edwalton and would ideally like to collect the shoeboxes or receive them by 3rd December.


Sewa Day’s Hetvi Parekh said: “Little drops of water make the mighty ocean. In the same manner, little acts of kindness make a massive impact in people’s lives”.

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