Parcel

Donate a post-parcel

The goods are distributed in Switzerland, to people in need and to local social institutions.

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What should I give?

Please only fill your parcel with non-perishable foodstuffs or toiletries and other hygiene products. For example, tea, coffee, pasta, rice, cooking oils, tinned goods, toothpaste, toothbrushes, cotton wool, soap and shampoo.

Where can I bring my parcel?

Drop off your parcel at any post office free of charge from 24 December 2018 and 11 January 2019. The post office will provide printed labels for you to use.

Other parcel options

pick@home

With pick@home, the postman will come to your home to collect the parcel.

Parcel at home

coop@home

With coop@home, you can order parcels with a value of 20, 50 or 100 francs.

Gift parcel at coop@home
Sara fauster web

Poverty in Switzerland

Sara Fauster, a single mother of five, was struggling to get by in precarious financial circumstances. The 2 x Christmas campaign helped her and her family through this difficult period.

Other questions about donating goods

Will my parcel be forwarded directly to someone in need?

No, every year hundreds of volunteers come to the Swiss Red Cross Logistics Centre in Wabern near Bern to unpack all the parcels received. The goods are sorted and packed up for delivery to the Red Cross cantonal associations that take charge of distributing the foodstuffs and toiletries to vulnerable people. Some cantonal associations distribute the goods to social institutions that aid people in need in Switzerland.

When can I send my parcel donation?

The 22nd campaign is due to start on 24 December 2018 and will run until 11 January 2019. During the campaign you can hand in your unaddressed parcel marked '2 x Christmas' at any post office and it will be delivered free of charge to the Swiss Red Cross.

What can I put in my parcel?

Only put foodstuffs with a long shelf life or toiletries in your parcel. Foodstuffs must have a shelf life of at least six months. It is best to choose dry produce, such as tea, coffee, pasta, and rice; oil or tinned goods. Toiletries are also in great demand, such as toothpaste, toothbrushes, cotton wool, soap and shampoo.

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