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case studies > How Giving World Online helps John Lewis meet community aims

John Lewis Donates Christmas Boxes Through Giving World Online

Children plyaing with the Christmas boxes

It’s a familiar situation, your business has surplus that needs to be moved on or you are looking for new ways to connect with the community or local good causes. This was the case for John Lewis Leicester when it first found Giving World Online.


Whilst researching new avenues to reach out to the community, Community Liaison Co-ordinator Chaz Kotecha came across Giving World Online and the relationship started from there.


Chaz said: ‘We believe in redistributing our unwanted stock whenever possible and Giving World Online was another route that we could use to get in touch with local charities and community groups.’


Through Giving World Online, John Lewis Leicester found a number of local causes to pass on surplus goods to. Like many other businesses around Christmas, the department store had a large amount of Christmas decorations used to decorate its branch. Previously decorations had been given to individual charities, but this year John Lewis opted to use Giving World online to distribute the decorations.  Within only hours of contacting Giving World Online the decorations were taken up by a variety of local projects.


Amanda Dammers, Managing Director at John Lewis Leicester said: ‘The decorations looked so fantastic in the shop, I’m glad we can pass them on to good homes.’


One such home is Goldhill Adventure Playground, a free service on the Saffron Lane estate in Leicester.


Max Hiley from Goldhill: ‘We have over 2,000 children registered on our books. We give much needed respite breaks for parents and carers, many of whom get referred by social services because they are at breaking point.’


‘Without this break families can break down and children go into care with social services because the parent cannot deal with the stress anymore. So we’re here to give that respite and to try and keep the families together.’


Thanks to Giving World Online and John Lewis the children were given an array of Christmas presentation boxes to play with.


‘They’ve used the wooden boxes as chairs and to play Deal or No Deal. They’ve cut slots in the top of another box and made it into a mini puppet theatre stage.’


Following the success of the Christmas decoration donation, John Lewis Leicester has worked with Giving World Online to donate other items such as clothing, crockery and cutlery, providing support to a number of local projects, including a homeless shelter, domestic violence project and a children’s adventure playground. The two organisations will also be working on developing a strategy for John Lewis Leicester’s 2011 charity programme, which will support charities tackling homelessness in the area.


Our free website offers retailers the chance to divert goods, such as surplus items and rebranded products, away from landfill and on to support people in need through a network of charities and community projects.


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