Giving Tree 2018

It’s that time of year again! KidsOut are delighted to announce the launch of Giving Tree 2018.

giving treeKidsOut’s Giving Tree initiative invites firms to ‘Ditch Secret Santa’ and buy toys for children in local refuge homes instead. Many of the recipients are children who have escaped domestic violence, being forced to flee their homes quickly and leave their possessions behind. Without Giving Tree, these children may not otherwise receive a gift at Christmas.

Businesses, schools, and organisations can take part by turning their Christmas tree into a special KidsOut “Giving Tree”. In the lead up to Christmas, decorative tags with a child’s name*, age, and suggested gift are placed on the tree, with participants being invited to take a tag and buy the present for £5-£10. KidsOut will arrange the collection of the gifts to distribute to children in local refuges.

Now in its fifth year nationally, The Giving Tree initiative has grown tremendously from 63 companies taking part in 2014, to 371 companies in 2017. We are aiming for as many as possible to take part this year to fulfil our aim of every child in refuge receiving a present over the festive period.

To quickly sign up, please fill out the short form on our website: http://www.kidsout.org.uk/givingtree/

Alternatively, donations can be made by texting the code KOUT16 followed by a space and the amount to 70070. For example, to donate £10 you would text the following to 70070: KOUT16 £10

For any further information, please contact the KidsOut Fundraising team on 01525 243219 or email max.avard@kidsout.org.uk.

If you are already involved in the Giving Tree, please keep us updated of your office’s contribution on social media – the official hashtags are #GivingTree2018 and #MakeKidsHappy. Click the links for our Facebook and Twitter

We are excited to hear how you get on and see pictures of your decorated Christmas trees and toys!

*Please note the names are fictional to protect the identity of the children in refuge, however all toys donated will go to real children in refuge. The tags are a tool to make sure that we receive toys for a range of ages and genders of children. Any toys that KidsOut are unable to distribute at Christmas time will be used in our ongoing Toy Box scheme throughout the year, for children relocated from refuge.