Marcus Rashford donating presents for the people of Manchester.

Why Rashford wants your help this Christmas

Thursday 17 October 2019 14:43

Marcus Rashford is proud to be from Manchester and feels passionately about giving back to his community, which is why the homegrown hero has launched the ‘In the Box Christmas Campaign’.

In partnership with Selfridges Manchester Exchange, the project will support three of the city’s biggest homeless shelters in Barnabus, Centrepoint, and Lifeshare.

Members of the public are encouraged to fill a shoebox of essential items (see below for specifics) that will be distributed to adults who are in greater need this holiday period.

Marcus has previously given back to the homeless community with his family and the proud Mancunian, who grew up in Wythenshawe, is keen for the public to enhance the cause.


“Last Christmas I prepared and delivered some gifting boxes around Manchester for those in need with the help of my family,” says Marcus. “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 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.”


To note, 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 the shelters kindly request that lids are not sealed when dropped off, to allow for a suitability vetting process. Check out the list of recommended items here: 

Hand Sanitiser
Hand Warmers
Hypo-allergenic Soap
Roll on Deodorant
Thermal Underwear – Long Johns and Vest
Wet Wipes
Wind Up Torch

Marcus is proud to have launched the ‘In the Box Christmas Campaign’.


The box drop is located on the first floor of Selfirdges Exchange Square, within Menswear, and will be manned from 12:00-18:00 Monday-Sunday. The full address is 1 Exchange Square Central, Corporation St, Manchester, M3 1BD.

Make sure to share pictures of your drops on Instagram and tag @marcusrashford or use hashtag #intheboxmanchester.

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