Uncle Tom’s Hampers – From Our Family To Yours At Christmas

Michelle

October 7, 2020

Uncle Tom's Hampers Christmas Hamper

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Uncle Tom’s Hampers is a charity that provides hampers at Christmas to families in need. Inspired by Uncle Tom and his work with St. Vincent de Paul, the charity has grown from supplying 2 hampers in the first year to now supplying over 200 hampers annually to families in need at Christmas. They were chosen by you as one of our Mykidstime Charities Of The Year for 2020. Read on to find out more.

Update for 2020

Unfortunately Uncle Tom’s have just contacted us to say that they have just been advised that during the pandemic, hampers will not be accepted this year.

So what can we all do to help? To ensure that the families and Chapters of St Vincent de Paul we have been assisting for the past 10 years continue to be assisted by us, we are seeking the following:

·       Food vouchers for any of the major supermarket retailers
·       Smyths toy vouchers
·       Or cash donations in any format

All vouchers, donations and cheques can be sent or delivered to Uncle Tom’s Hampers, c/o SOS Cleaning Services, Unit 4 Hillview House, Bracken Road, Sandyford, Dublin 18. If you are ordering vouchers online these can be emailed to [email protected]. If you wish to make a money transfer, we can accept Revolut or you can lodge money through our Go Fund Page (please email us for the link).

Unlike previous years where we had the hampers delivered 5-10 days in advance of Christmas.  This year we are hoping to have all donations made by the first week in December, to allow us the time to distribute the donations and the families to buy their much needed food and presents for Christmas!

Many thanks to you all in advance and we hope you and your families stay safe.

From all of the helpers in

UTXH

xxx

How Uncle Tom’s Hampers Began

Uncle Tom was an active member in St. Vincent de Paul for many years until he passed away in December 2014. Uncle Tom’s Hampers came about when founding member, Shane O’Reilly attended some meetings at the Bray Conference with Tom to get a better understanding of how St. Vincent de Paul works and how he could get involved too.

Coming up to Christmas, Tom suggested that Shane create a hamper for a large family that were badly in need. Shane asked his Mum to help him choose the goods to be included. They ended up with enough items for 2 hampers, which were both given to different families. The following year, with the help of friends and family, they created 5 hampers. And so it began.

What Uncle Tom’s Hampers Do

Uncle Tom's Christmas Hampers collection depot

Uncle Tom’s Hampers currently work with 6 different SVP conferences between Wicklow and Dublin. Each year they are given a list of families in need and they match them with suitable volunteer donor families of a similar size and make up.

They encourage the donor family to include their own children in the shopping, preparation and delivering of the hamper so the hamper is thoughtful and age appropriate as well as being an essential part of Christmas for the recipients.

How You Can Get Involved

Uncle Tom' Hampers shopping

If you and your family would like to help a family in need this Christmas, visit the Uncle Tom’s Hampers Facebook page. Use the private message function to contact the team and include your email address. You will be contacted for some information about your family to help match you with a suitable family to take care of this Christmas.

All members of the family are encouraged to help in the shopping, preparation and delivery of the hamper. You will be given guidelines on what to include.

Your family will be invited to come to the collection depot in Sandyford on an appointed date in December to drop off your hamper and meet other donor families. It is a family friendly occasion with tea, coffee and mince pies. And a lovely way to introduce your children to ways they can help others and give to those less fortunate than themselves.

Make a difference here.

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Published On: October 7th, 2020 / Categories: For Parents / Last Updated: March 31st, 2021 / Tags: /

About the Author: Michelle

Michelle is a Mum to 2 girls and co-founded Mykidstime.

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