Christmas is a time of giving!
Why not get involved and encourage your school to take on one of the charities below?
At school we call this our reverse advent month. During the few weeks of December all of our school children bring in non-perishable food items and gift wrapped toys for different age groups – you should see the wonderful piles that start to grow and grow. Our teachers then drop the food off to local charities. Some of the recipients might not receive many gifts and so our offerings are very well received and most welcomed.
Give it a go near you…perhaps with your school, brownie’s or scout group, church group or just as a nice gesture from your family to another.
If that does not appeal, see if one of the Appeals appeal (did you see what I did there?).
The Book Trust Christmas Appeal
Helps raise money to send book parcels to children who are vulnerable or in care. This year, more so than ever before, there will be children who may not be looking forward to Christmas.
Their families might be facing challenging circumstances or significant hardship; and some children may be spending this Christmas away from their families for the first time. Your donation could help brighten Christmas for 14,250 children who are vulnerable or in care – that’s 1,800 more children than last year. And for the first time, some parcels will be given out through community foodbanks to help some families who have been adversely affected by lockdowns and who are facing a difficult Christmas.
Wrap UP London
10 years of Wrap Up London is an amazing feat and you can get involved so easily every year. Just click on the link to find out more.
Christmas Present Appeal
Many Salvation Army churches and centres across the UK will be running a Christmas Present Appeal, collecting donated presents until mid-December.
Please support your local Christmas Present Appeal by finding your nearest appeal and donating new, unwrapped toys and gifts for children who might not otherwise receive a Christmas present.
The gifts will then be wrapped and distributed to those in need.
How to find your local appeal
To find out where to donate your gift or for more information on the Christmas Present Appeal please contact your local Salvation Army church or centre.
You can find your nearest Salvation Army centre by using our postcode and place search map page.
You can also search using our Google search map below.
Please note: the pandemic means that the appeal may be run differently this year.
Please check your local Salvation Army web page for details on how and when you can donate a present and to check your nearest centre is taking part.