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Country Tried: UNITED KINGDOM
Location Tried: City (suburb inner city city centre)
Estimated costs: £20000
Suggested frequency: Daily
Hosted by: Local Churches
Activity: Other
Author: HOPE
Published: 24/11/2014

Description

Operation Rudolph gives quality hampers to those who face a difficult Christmas in Nottingham. These 'hampers of hope' have items that are carefully chosen, lovingly packed and faithfully delivered to contacts of the church and those recommended by local agencies.

The concept is simple and could be easily replicated even on a much smaller scale. It does however require months of planning and organisation by a few committed people, prior to all the volunteers helping assemble and deliver the hampers over a three day period. Sufficient space is required to set up a production line with all stock (and possibly storage in the weeks leading up to this) as well as stacking packed hampers awaiting collection/delivery. A computer, transportation, financial resources and commitment from the congregation are all vital.

It costs approximately £20,000 for 1,000 hampers including contents and packing and other running costs associated with the project. This is in addition to any stock received through corporate donations.

Rationale

Receiving an Operation Rudolph hamper has multiple impacts upon individuals and families across the city. The most tangible benefit for so many is the gift of food including seasonal treats such as mince pies, chocolates and Christmas crackers that they may not otherwise have enjoyed.

For one family the delivery of an Operation Rudolph hamper on a Saturday morning a few days before Christmas was incredibly timely as until that point there was no food in the house for the children to have breakfast.

Outcome

In addition to practically providing food, the hampers make people feel loved and valued. Over the years, the gift of a hamper has triggered the establishment of new friendships and transformation in people's lives as they have come along to services at the Christian Centre and encountered the love of Jesus.

This idea can be found on page 52-54 of Hope Heartbeat ©2013 HOPE08 Ltd. For more ideas, Hope Heartbeat is available for purchase from the website above.

Hope Heartbeat

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