Christmas is an exciting time for all children, but it can be difficult for those escaping domestic violence. While kids all over the country receive dozens of gifts during the holiday season, children living in refuge may not even expect to have one. Having already left their home, toys and all that is familiar, we at KidsOut believe that these children deserve more and through Giving Tree work to give them a Christmas to remember. Through the Giving Tree KidsOut are able to distribute a toy to every child living in a Women’s Aid Federation refuge during the festive period throughout the UK.
How do I take part?
Get your company to sign up using the form here
We’ll send enough tags for your office/club to hang on your Christmas tree (each has the fictional name and age of a child on the back with a toy suggestion)
Take a tag from the tree, buy the gift (costing £5-£10), and return it to your office
We ask your company to deliver the gifts to one of 6 main collection areas: London, Milton Keynes, Leeds, Glasgow, Manchester or Birmingham* before Friday 14th December
KidsOut will collect the toys and distribute them to children living in refuge
*If you are based outside one of these 6 areas we ask that you either send your toys to the KidsOut office in Leighton Buzzard, or you can request a type of tag that allows participants to donate up to £10 to KidsOut instead, which will be used to purchase a toy for a child in refuge on the donor’s behalf.
In 2016 more than 300 companies signed up to participate in Giving Tree, with thousands of toys donated by employees, friends and customers. Designed to be a fun alternative to the more traditional Secret Santa, not only is it simple to get involved but a fun exercise for the whole office, with no cost to the company!
News & Views
Giving Tree breaks records again!
Now that the buzz of Christmas is sadly over, it is time to reflect on the phenomenal success of the 2017 Giving Tree. A record breaking number of over 400 companies took part in this year’s toy appeal, with businesses and individuals from all corners of the UK signing up to ‘ditch Secret Santa’ and … Continue reading Giving Tree breaks records again!
Fantastic Christmas Feedback
The below is a thank you letter to KidsOut, from a Hestia Refuge whom KidsOut sent 50 presents to over Christmas 2016 – one for each child residing in the refuge: “We were absolutely blown away by the generosity and thoughtfulness of your Christmas present donations. It really did MAKE Christmas for our families … Continue reading Fantastic Christmas Feedback
M&S Spread Festive Cheer
Colleagues at Marks & Spencer stores across the Home Counties have joined forces to ensure disadvantaged children in refuge have a gift to open on Christmas Day. Teams from 25 M&S stores across the region have donated over 1,000 presents to the KidsOut. Team members from across the 25 stores handed over the presents, which included … Continue reading M&S Spread Festive Cheer
Ways you can help
Any gift, small or large, can help us make a difference to vulnerable children.