Not Everyone Receives A Gift At Christmas

Not Everyone Receives A Gift At Christmas

I have been writing a lot about Christmas this past week. It’s hard not to. I love Christmas. I enjoy the time sent with my family. It is so much fun finding amazing presents that will make my children shout with excitement. And then there’s decorating the house and the Christmas tree whilst listening to festive tunes. And of course we will be filling our tummies with prosecco and turkey. It all makes me feel so happy and so very grateful.

But there are so many people who will be struggling to feed their families this Christmas. There will be many children in the UK, and across the world, who won’t have any gifts waiting for them on Christmas morning. No, we can’t help everyone. But Christmas is about giving. So for the past two years my family and I have been donating toys to children in the UK.

Our kids do not receive extravagant gifts from Father Christmas. They each get one gift and the money saved goes to one or two gifts for children who otherwise wouldn’t receive anything. So, while you are doing your Christmas shopping, pick up something extra to donate. Or maybe you have a box of spare birthday gifts, grab one of those and donate. It won’t make a difference to you, but it could make a big difference to someone else.

If you would like to donate a gift to a child in need this Christmas, the Salvation Army is running a Christmas Present Appeal until the 14th December. Bring in a new, unwrapped toy to your nearest Salvation Army drop-off centre.

Suggested Gifts

  • 0-3 years:  dolls, teddy bears, cot mobiles, baby clothes, bath toys, CDs of suitable music and nursery rhymes, puzzles
  • 3-5: dolls and action figures, cars, lorries, DVDs and CDs (music and nursery rhymes), colouring sets, pencils, crayons, books, puzzles
  • 5-9: educational games & toys, stationery (colouring sets, pencils, crayons, school sets), CDs & family friendly DVDs, books, puzzles, wordsearch, crosswords
  • 9-12: games and toys, stationery, CDs, DVDs, books, T-Shirts, hair accessories, gloves, scarves, hats
  • 13-16: CDs, DVDs, books, make-up and toiletries (please try to ensure non-allergic ingredients if possible), gloves, scarves, hats, T-Shirts, hair accessories

Here are some South London drop-off points, if you’d like to donate. But please check the Salvation Army’s website for details of drop-off points all over the UK and Ireland.

Raynes Park Corps
496 Kingston Road
Raynes Park
SW20 8DX

Wimbledon Corps
109 Kingston Road
Merton Park
SW19 1LT
Wimbledon

Wandsworth Corps
9 Ram Street Wandsworth
SW18 1TJ

Camberwell Corps
105 Lomond Grove
SE5 7HG  Camberwell

Upper Norwood
58 Westow Street
Upper Norwood
SE19 3AF

Bromley Temple Corps
Ethelbert Road
BR1 1HU
Bromley

Croydon Temple Corps
Booth Road Lower Church Street
CR0 1XY Croydon

 

Merry Christmas! xx

 

Christmas Pressies

I see Christmas as a magical time for spending with one’s family. Presents come into it, but is not a main part. With less than five weeks until Christmas, I am about to begin my Christmas shopping. I love buying gifts for others, but am not overly fussed with receiving gifts. And I want to instill that love of giving, rather than getting, to my children. I asked my daughter if she would mind only getting one gift from Mummy and Daddy so that we could buy some gifts for children whose families do not have much money. Being the dear that she is, she said it was a good idea.

I have just been researching giving to underprivileged children in the UK. For some reason, it is not something I have ever seen advertised. In the States, the Marines have a Toys for Tots program that arranges for gifts to be distributed to children from low income families in time for Christmas. This is a well publicized event. In the UK, I couldn’t really tell you what charities are targeted specifically for Christmas. I understand that charities might not want to ‘waste’ money on advertising, but surely they would get more from people if the general public knew about their programs. I would love to know how much charities pay chuggers to (often) obnoxiously harass people on the street.  

I finally discovered that The Salvation Army accepts toys at various Superdrug locations. So as you all start, or continue, to buy Christmas presents, if you have a little spare cash please order/buy something for a child who won’t have much this Christmas. 

More information can be found on the Salvation Army’s website: http://www.salvationarmy.org.uk/uki/christmas-present-appeal