Giving Tree is changing for 2020!
You can still sign up your office for tags like usual, but for 2020 we will also be going digital! More details will follow soon, along with an online shop where you can donate money for KidsOut to buy a toy of your choice.
“Thank you so much and please know your donations will be put towards making a child smile this Christmas.”- Feedback from a refuge benefitting from Giving Tree 2019
What is Giving Tree?
KidsOut’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 all 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.
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!
Giving Tree 2020 FAQs coming soon!
How does it work?
Taking part is simple. Here are five easy steps explaining the Giving Tree process:
- Sign up on the KidsOut website to order Giving Tree tags for your office
- KidsOut will send you tags with a child’s name, age, and suggested toy for you to hang up on your office Christmas Tree
- Encourage your colleagues to take a tag and buy the gift
- Collect the gifts from your office and deliver them to your nearest collection point
- KidsOut will collect the toys from the collection point and distribute them to children in refuge
Giving Tree 2020 posters for your office coming soon!
A record breaking 1,400 organisations signed-up to the Giving Tree 2019 – almost double the amount from 2018! This resulted in 23,328 toys being distributed to children in refuge over the 2019 Christmas period, along with £50,000 raised through monetary donations!
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Ways you can help
Any gift, small or large, can help us make a difference to vulnerable children.