Together we send parcels of joy For people living in poverty in Switzerland, Eastern Europe and Central Asia
Receiving a gift is always a happy occasion. And offering one makes the giver happy too. Swiss Post has been running the “2 x Christmas” charitable campaign for almost 25 years, working together with the Swiss Red Cross, the broadcaster SRG SSR and Coop. The campaign involves the collection of goods across Switzerland, which are then distributed to people living in poverty in Switzerland, or the proceeds of the online parcels are used to buy food and essential items for people in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.
- You can hand over your “2 x Christmas” parcels at all Swiss Post branches and branches with partners free of charge.
- No time or unable to visit a branch? Simply have your parcel collected from your home with Pick@home: from 24 December 2020 to 11 January 2021, Swiss Post will collect your donation for the “2 x Christmas” campaign free of charge from your home. You can register your parcels here from 24 December.
Only put food with a long shelf-life in your parcel, for example:
- Baking ingredients
- Breakfast (e.g. jam, honey, muesli, hot chocolate powder, tea)
- Dried food (e.g. soups, spices, corn, lentils, peas, semolina, mash)
- Sauces (e.g. mustard, mayonnaise, pasta sauces)
- Sweets (e.g. chocolate)
Hygiene products and toiletries are also welcome, such as toothpaste, toothbrushes, cotton wool, soap and shampoo.
The best before date of the products should be at least the end of June 2021. The goods are distributed in Switzerland to people living in poverty and social institutions.
Alternatively, put together an online parcel.
Instead of filling a parcel at home, you can also put together an online parcel at 2xchristmas.ch. Select the gifts you want to send to meet the most urgent needs, or simply send a donation according to your budget. By doing so, you will help people living in poverty in Eastern Europe and Central Asia to make it through the hard winter months.
In Switzerland, over eight percent of the population lives in poverty. They have to get by with less than 2,259 francs a month. The “2 x Christmas” campaign lends a helping hand – either directly or through institutions which assist people in need.
Furthermore, thanks to “2 x Christmas”, you support people living in poverty not only in Switzerland, but also in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.
More information: how your parcel helps
As part of the 2020/2021 edition, 49’000 postal parcels and 4300 online parcels worth CHF 537’900 were donated. In addition, 8’000 prefabricated donation packages worth 160’000 francs from Coop outlets and 1’500 packages from coop.ch worth around 83’000 francs were donated. A great success - and: on a new one!
Have your parcel collected from home free of charge
From 24 December until 11 January, Swiss Post can collect your donated goods parcel for “2 x Christmas” free of charge from your home – with pick@home.
You can register your parcels here from 24 December.
Parcels could of course also be handed in free of charge at any Swiss Post branch during this period.