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How does hosting a Shine for Shelterbox dinner help families affected by disaster?

Every penny you raise helps us to provide essential aid items to families affected by disaster. £10 could provide a solar light, £30 could provide a kitchen set, £385 could provide a bespoke family tent. Is it possible to add icons here? 

By hosting a Shine for ShelterBox dinner you are also helping to raise awareness about the work that ShelterBox does. The more people that know about ShelterBox, the more likely we will see a world where no family is left without shelter. 


Do I have to host a dinner?

Whether a disaster has happened or not, cooking and eating dinner is a vital part of everyday routine. It helps establish a sense of normality. By having a fundraising Shine for ShelterBox dinner you are helping us to provide the essential aid items that help families rebuild their lives and get back to their routines. 

However, if having a dinner gathering is not your thing then don’t worry. You can still take part in Shine for ShelterBox and adapt it to your plans. People have previously made Shine for ShelterBox into a wreath making workshop, a school fare or a quiz night. Just make sure you let us know your plans so we can celebrate your event.


How many people do I have to invite to a Shine for ShelterBox dinner?

Whether you want to fill the house with your local community or just have your closest friends and family, choose as many guests as you can comfortably manage for a fun, stress-free evening. 


Where can I get help on what to do for a Shine for ShelterBox dinner?

Anyone signing up to host a Shine for ShelterBox dinner can choose to either download or receive a physical fundraising pack. This will include everything you need to know about Shine for ShelterBox.

You’ll find resources to help plan your evening such as a script and impact stories. In addition, the physical packs contain a mini ShelterBox donation box and Shine for ShelterBox lantern. You can also download and print more materials like invites and a light themed quiz from our resources page.


Does my Shine for ShelterBox dinner have to be at home?  

No, your Shine for ShelterBox dinner can be at home, in a restaurant you love or in your village hall, or anywhere else. It's completely up to you, the most important thing is to have fun, get together with your friends, family or community and raise vital funds for families affected by disaster. 


Do I have to host a Shine for ShelterBox dinner in winter?

Shine for ShelterBox dinners are usually held in winter as nights draw in days get shorter. This is a great time to get together with your friends, family or community and raise vital funds for families affected by disaster.  

However, if you are too busy this winter then don’t worry, you can host a Shine for ShelterBox dinner whenever suits you best, just be sure to let us know what you are planning. 



What do I do with my donations after the dinner?

There are several ways you can pay in your donations:

Don’t forget to say that your fundraising is from your Shine for ShelterBox event.

If you have used an online fundraising page, then you don’t need to do anything. The money you have raised will be automatically transferred.  


How much of my donation will directly help to provide families with shelter?

Around 71p of every pound raised is used to give families a place to call home after disaster. The remaining 29p is invested in raising this vital money so we can continue to support families after disaster.

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