The ‘In-the-Box’ was created by Manchester United and England International footballer Marcus Rashford to support some of Manchester’s homeless charities – Barnabus, Centrepoint, and Lifeshare.

Members of the public are encouraged to fill a shoebox of essential items to be distributed to adults in greater need this holiday period. Partnering with Selfridges Manchester Exchange (1, Exchange Square Central, Corporation St, Manchester, M3 1BD) to bolster the campaign, the box drop will be located on the first floor within menswear and will be manned from 12:00-18:00 Monday-Sunday.

“Last Christmas I prepared and delivered some gifting boxes around Manchester for those in need, with the help of my family. It was one of the most gratifying moments of the year so when planning activity this time around I was adamant that we would reach more people in a more effective way. I’m excited to have Selfridges Manchester Exchange partner with me on the project for Christmas 2019 to help achieve this.

I’m extremely proud of where I’m from, I love this city and appreciate all of the support the city has given me over the years so this is my opportunity to help out those that might not otherwise have the best Christmas.

I’m hoping lots of people will want to get involved too so we can make a real impact together”.

Lifeshare Trustee, Robin Toal, said “We’re  thrilled that Marcus Rashford has chosen to support supporting an attacking trident of @LifeshareUK, @centrepointuk & @BarnabusMcr with his exciting “In-the-box” campaign. His support will make a real difference to people experiencing poverty and homelessness this Christmas”

Deadline for drops is December 20th 2019 at 18:00.

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Want to get involved?

The following contents list has been collated in partnership with organisations who specialise in homeless care to guarantee the most urgent and essential needs are met. Alternative items are not prohibited and it is kindly requested that lids are not sealed when dropped to allow for suitability vetting process.

  • Comb Thermal Underwear – Long Johns and Vest
  • Gloves Toothbrush
  • Hand Sanitiser Toothpaste
  • Hand Warmers Wet Wipes
  • Hat Wind Up Torch
  • Hypo-allergenic Soap
  • Socks