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 here at our refuge. I saw only a fraction of the gifts that were unwrapped on Christmas Day by our families but I know that each and every one of the gifts would have been very important to a child.
It might have been a cuddly toy that provides comfort at a scary time. It might have been educational at a time where they are missing school. It might have been a game that helps them play better with a sibling. It might have been a craft to focus on while everything else around them has fallen apart. Whatever the type of toy that was given, it provides a sense of ownership – for a child who has left everything behind, having just a single toy to call their own means the world.
The most important thing, however, is that this toy has been given to them. A stranger, whom they will never meet, has shown kindness and care (two things that our children here have very little experience of). A gift, given at Christmas, will make them start to realise that the world isn’t such a bad place after all. That there are people in the world that do good things.
And that, in my opinion, is the start to their journey of recovery.
The mothers were incredibly touched that complete strangers were so generous to their children at a time when they had no friends or family around them at all.
Please pass on our most heartfelt thanks to everyone who donated Christmas presents.”
If you would like to take part in our annual Giving Tree toy appeal and help make a difference to the lives of children in refuge, please sign up for your company’s tags here: www.kidsoutgivingtree.org.uk