Get crafting for ShelterBox this Christmas

Join others in your community to fundraise for disaster-hit families who have to face the additional threat of coronavirus

Deck your home with hope this Christmas

Connect with your community and join others around the world in creating Christmas decorations, inspired by international communities.

Donate the money you save by making your own decorations to help give disaster-affected families shelter this Christmas.

In the Philippines, families will be busy making parols, a traditional decoration that symbolises the victory of light over darkness. The Philippines has recently been hit by several typhoons, with more severe weather on the way. Your support this Christmas will mean more than ever.

With our charity fundraising idea, you can connect with your community and join other communities around the world in making Christmas decorations.


A parol decoration in the Philippines
A traditional parol, a star-shaped Christmas lantern from the Philippines

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Last Christmas, the Rotary Club of Portadown in Northern Ireland worked with their community to decorate a tree in aid of ShelterBox.

They set up a Christmas Tree in the doorway of their local indoor market, they asked for small donations using JustGiving and lit electric candles on the tree for each donation they received.

The club raised both vital funds and cheer at Christmas in their community.

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A woman decorating a Christmas tree

How your support helps

woman posing in front of her damaged home in the Philippines
‘Christmas is a very special occasion here. We will have a little food and cake after church. The children are already excited about singing Christmas carols.’ - Teresita

Your fundraising will provide a home and hope to families around the world. Families like Teresita’s.

The Philippines is situated on the notorious Pacific Ring of Fire, one of the most disaster affected areas in the world. Storms are building up in the Pacific right now, and will force many thousands of families from their home over the coming weeks.

Teresita’s world was turned upside down when her home was destroyed by tremors from the eruption of the Taal volcano in the Philippines. Teresita had no time to collect her things.

‘I couldn’t think of any other things to bring because I was scared and just wanted to leave immediately. What worried me most was the safety of my family, especially my granddaughter.’

To make things worse, as the coronavirus pandemic took hold, Teresita’s temporary, cramped accommodation became increasingly unsafe as social distancing was impossible. Thanks to the kindness of supporters like you, we were able to support Teresita to move back to her home.

We provided Teresita’s family with a shelter kit, tools, two solar lights and mosquito nets. Most of Teresita’s house had been devastated but these aid items, combined with Teresita and her family’s skilful work, means she will be back in her own home in time for Christmas.

Other ways to help

Give a Home for Christmas

Whatever the emergency, one box can give a family their home back this Christmas.

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Our homes have meant so much to us this year. But what if you didn’t have a home to shelter in?

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