Christmas Appeal 2023
Christmas Tree Star Appeal
What is the Christmas appeal?
We support children from struggling families with everyday essentials every day, and Christmas is no exception!
For the past 3 years we have been running our Christmas Appeal to ensure all local children receive a gift on Christmas morning.
What started with 300 children in 2021, increased to 500 in 2022 and incredibly 750 this year!
These are all children from local families who face waking to no presents this Christmas.
With the support of the local community, every year we have managed to meet the number of gifts required, however with the cost of living crisis we are worried this year we might not be able to meet our target, so any help is very much appreciated.
How does it work?
We work closely with local organisations and schools who pin point us local vulnerable children who face waking to no gift Christmas morning.
They then provide us with the age, gender and interests of any children requiring a gift.
This information is then placed on a star and hung from a tree in our Kideco Store in Lakeside Shopping Centre.
People are then welcome to come in and select as many starts as they want.
They can use the information on the star to purchase a gift for their selected child.
This needs to then be returned to us, or one of our drop off points, unwrapped by Monday 4th December.
Rolls of wrapped paper are much appreciated also.
Where are your drop off points?
We have many drop off locations across Havering, Thurrock, Barking and Dagenham.
Kideco - Lakeside Shopping Centre, Thurrock RM20 2ZF
Marks Gate Community Hub- Rose Lane, Marks Gate RM6 5NJ
St Georges Church - Chippenham Road, Harold Hill, Romford RM3 8HX
Griffin Estate Agents - 12 Station Road, Upminster RM14 2UB
Griffin Estate Agents - 21 Station Parade, Hornchurch RM12 5AB
Griffin Estate Agents - 4-6 Queensgate Centre, Grays RM17 5DS
Griffin Estate Agents - 107 Diaglen, South Ockendon RM15 5EH
Co-op Funeral Care - 148 North Street, Romford RM1 1DL
Co-op Funeral Care - 153 Hilldene Avenue, Harold Hill, Romford RM3 8DL
Co-op Funeral Care - 8 Chase Cross Raod, Collier Row, Romford RM5 3PR
Co-op Funeral Care - 200-203 Elm Park Avenue, Elm Park, Hornchurch RM12 4SD
Co-op Funeral Care - 215 Manford Way, Chigwell IG7 4DJ
What if I cant get down to the store?
If you are unable to get down to our store, dont worry, you can still get involved.
You can contact our team on firstname.lastname@example.org or 07379575792 and they will select tags for you and provide you with the information so you can purchase the gifts and drop to one of our drop off points above.
Alternatively you can make a donation and we will use the funds to purchase gifts on your behalf.
Due to demand, we have also set up a Amazon wish list, where you can purchase gifts and have them sent to us directly. Please see that list here