Simply click here and follow the instructions to donate. The appeal closes on November 30 to ensure enough time to deliver the gifts.
Give UK children books this Christmas
This year the BookTrust is sending surprise book parcels to vulnerable children and those in care.
The charity is aiming to make sure 16,000 children receive a festive read this year. Half will be distributed through food banks to families facing poverty, while the other half will go to children in the care system.
By donating £10 to the appeal, one child will receive a book parcel selected according to their age. They’ll receive one of six hardbacks:
- Tales from Acorn Wood by Julia Donaldson
- Paddington Treasury by Michael Bond
- My Encyclopedia of Very Important Adventures by Will Gater
- Weird but True 2022
- Guinness World Records 2022
Each parcel will also include a special letter, a poster and a bookmark.
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Be a secret Santa for a child facing a difficult Christmas
Through Action for Children, you can select a gift for a child in need to brighten their festive season.
For £25 you can pay for a young person’s Christmas present; £10 will pay for their food for a day, ensuring UK kids are less likely to go hungry this winter as demand for food banks soars.
Alternatively, donate £10 to fund a child’s visit to Santa, or keep them warm with £40 worth of winter clothes.
Larger donations of £60 or £100 can cover a child’s essentials for four days or even a bed.
Support survivors of domestic abuse
Fleeing domestic abuse often means being left with little but the clothes on ones back. It can be even more difficult around Christmas, especially with children.
Through Refuge, you can buy a charity Christmas gifts for a child or mother which can provide some joy or comfort this festive season.
From bath toys to colouring books to backpacks, or puzzles, lipstick or bath sets for mum, it’s easy to donate to those trying to rebuild their lives.
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Give a Christmas hamper to a family
Based in the north east of England, Feeding Families supports people trapped in poverty. For many, the pressure of Christmas is just another source of dread and unaffordable extra costs, and disadvantaged children often have to go without the Christmas treats their better-off peers receive.
The charity provides a matching service putting families in touch, so one can create a festive hamper and personally gift it to another.
Online tips make it easy to know what should go in the hamper and, once you’re matched with a family in need, you’ll be notified of any dietary requirements.
There are currently more families on the list to receive a hamper than there are who have signed up to donate one. You can help rectify that here.