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This year is the 19th year of our annual Christmas Appeal, 'Operation Santa'. 

Back in 2004, Radio Mercury started a campaign live on-air to support Crawley Open House provide a 3-course Christmas Dinner with all the trimmings for those suffering the effects of homelessness and social exclusion.
Today, 'Operation Santa' has grown in to one of our biggest charity appeals, and we can't do it without you!

There are many ways you can get involved:


  • The first thing we need is lots of chocolate advent calendars, so that we can give one to all of our residents, Resource Centre visitors and those who get a food parcel from us in early December. Could you help by dropping off one or a few??

  • You could get involved by holding a fundraising event at home or work - anything to raise funds for the homeless and disadvantaged. Dress Down Day, a Raffle, Sponsored event - anything you like!


  • Give a gift to support the homeless to someone special with a 'Be 1 in 1000' Gift Voucher. Find out more here

  • You can support the homeless this Christmas by donating money by your mobile phone too! You can donate any amount, text OPSANTA to 70085 to donate £10 or any amount you like. For example;

  • To donate £5 - text OPSANTA 5 to 70085

  • To donate £2 - text OPSANTA 2 to 70085

  • To donate £1 - text OPSANTA 1 to 70085 - You get the idea!


Texts will cost the donation amount plus one standard network rate message. and you'll be opting into hearing more from us, if you would like to donate but don't wish to hear more from us, please text OPSANTANOINFO instead

Christmas day lunch at Crawley Open House

SUGGESTIONS FOR YOUR REVERSE ADVENT CALENDAR - But feel free to do your own thing!

1 December - Small Soft Drink Bottle (Juice/Fizzy Drink)
2 December - Small Bag of Sugar
3 December - Tin of Pudding (Rice Pudding/Fruit) 
4 December - Essential Clothing
(Men's & Women's Underwear / Gloves / Jogging Bottoms / Hoodie)
5 December - Hairbrush
6 December - Small Jar of Coffee
7 December - Packet or Tin of Custard 
8 December - Deodorant
9 December - Toilet Rolls
10 December - Shower Gel or Shampoo
11 December - Tinned Fish (Tuna, Salmon)
12 December - Biscuits
13 December - UHT Milk
14 December - Tinned Vegetables
15 December - Cooking Sauce
16 December - Nail Clippers or small Manicure Set
17 December - Noodle Pot
18 December - Tub of Margarine or Butter
19 December - Tinned Meal (Chilli, Meatballs, Stew, Curry)
20 December - Jar of Jam, Honey, Marmalade
21 December - Chocolate or Selection Box
22 December - Christmas Card from you


For any queries or for more information please contact us on
01293 407658 or

Everything we do is made possible by your kindness, your generosity and your support. Thank You. 

Operation Santa. Let's make it a happy Christmas for everyone.

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COH Christmas Cards Are Here!!

Pick up our new Crawley Open House Christmas Cards!

This year we are offering TWO card designs, one each by our residents Michelle & Grace. We are grateful to Xpress Group in Manor Royal for printing and donating them for free! They come in packs of 6 for £5, therefore all proceeds go to helping those experiencing homelessness or hardship locally. Get yours from Crawley Open House between 10:30 am and 4:00 pm on weekdays. Cash or card payments are accepted.

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