Kitmas was founded by Paul Watson and his wife Lizzie, with support from stand-up comedians Vix Leyton and Mark Watson (Paul’s brother).
More families than ever before will struggle to afford gifts this Christmas due to the cost of living crisis. Many City and Bears fans will have childhood memories of the joy and excitement of pulling on a new kit, and Kitmas aims to spread that happiness around the country.
The partnership with Kitmas is part of our continuing sustainability initiative, Project Whitebeam and our efforts to reduce all forms of waste by extending the lifecycle of every donated kit.
There are three ways to help:
- Make a donation here. Kitmas will use money raised to buy brand new replica kits for the campaign
- Donate your pre-loved kit directly to Kitmas. This is the best way for Kitmas to sort, process and deliver shirts in time for Christmas Day. Simply send your unwanted old shirt to Kitmas Appeal, PO Box 481, Stroud, GL6 1NZ. Please check the criteria below and remember to pay the postage costs before sending
- Drop your old kit at the Ashton Gate kit amnesty point at Bristol City’s game against Stoke on Saturday 17th December. The kit amnesty point will be located at the pop-up shop in the south-west concourse near the Sports Bar doors. The Robins Foundation and Kitmas will endeavour to deliver as many as possible before Christmas and over the festive period. The kit amnesty point will be in the same location for Bristol Bears’ game against Zebre on Sunday 18th December.
What Shirts Do You Want?
- We are looking for replica shirts of any size (junior or adult)
- They can be of any club but Bristol City and Bristol Bears (as well as major European clubs and international kits) are particularly desired
- Importantly, we request that all shirts are new of ‘like new’ or ‘very good quality’ – suitable for a Christmas present for a child
- Unfortunately we’re currently unable to take leisure wear, replica short/socks or other sports equipment at this time
All kits donated directly to Kitmas or at the Ashton Gate amnesty point will be distributed to children in the local area via community charities.
We will endeavour to find alternative charitable uses for any shirts which don’t quite meet quality control checks to ensure someone benefits from the top and the product lifecycle is extended. We are unable to donate unwearable or damaged shirts.
We will also be collecting the following donations for St Mungo’s this weekend:
- Cold Weather Sleeping bags
- Thermal Gloves, Leggings, Long Sleeved top, hat, new socks
- Underwear [New medium sized]
- Toiletries – new toothbrushes & toothpaste, body wash, deodorant, tissues, hairbrush etc
- Hand Warmers
- Sanitary Products
- Edible treats – chocolate, sweets, biscuits etc
- Tesco or Greggs £5 – £10 vouchers
- Hand sanitiser, face masks, anti-bacterial wipes