Action for Children

Action for Children Christmas Appeal: Be a Secret Santa for a vulnerable child this Christmas

 

For most of us, the festive season is a time of joy and family celebrations. But unfortunately, there are thousands of children in the UK right now who are facing a Christmas without food, warmth or love. Action for Children is working to change this - and they need your help. 

 

Why should you get involved?

  • Their Emergency Foster Carers are trained to ensure children in care have a safe and loving home over Christmas, with spare presents wrapped for children they need to help at a moment’s notice.
  • Some Action for Children centres are open over the holidays to support families who have nowhere else to go.
  • They distribute food from local food banks to make sure children don’t go hungry.
  • Their staff call children on Christmas day to let them know someone is thinking of them.

 

This is why they are asking you to be a Secret Santa for a vulnerable child this Christmas to help them make a vulnerable child's Christmas safe, warm and bright. Their Santas don’t have reindeers or wear big red suits. But, they’re doing something very special indeed. 

 

See how becoming a Secret Santa will make a difference to children like Lily this Christmas in this lovely animated film: https://youtu.be/Em41wDI1cFA.

 

Please sign up to become a Secret Santa and donate by texting Santa2 to 70607 or visiting iamsanta.org.uk/northwest

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Bonds of perfect charity

 How Action for Children brings fullness in abundance

 Our work, which comes in truly various forms, reaches children and young people across the UK. It is, therefore, quite challenging to convey in a   few words how we make a real difference. However, a closer look at just one of our almost 600 services can do just that.

 Tafarn Newydd Children & Families Service, based in Pontypool, Wales, supports disabled children. During the week, children with Autism, aged     up to four years old, can play, learn and develop in a safe and happy environment, with multi-agency support tailored towards their specific needs.

New ImageAn after-school club is available to reduce the risk of family breakdown by providing regular short breaks. It offers disabled children, aged from four to eighteen, chances to integrate with the local community through fun activities of their choice.  

During weekends, the service runs Saturday short breaks for children, aged from 8 to 18, with a diagnosed or emerging diagnosis of a range of disabilities. Here, we support children to increase their social independence and access community activities.

While these initiatives operate, parents and carers can have a regular break, or do the crucial things that are essential, but sometimes made very difficult with a child with additional needs, such as grocery shopping.

You can learn more about what we do and how we do it through special events like Action for Children Sunday. This year, the annual occasion takes place on Sunday 8 July – some churches may mark it on another Sunday before or after that. The generous offerings from these special worship services go towards helping more children and families, whatever their needs.

Thank you for your support and generosity to Action for Children.

Dean Pettipher

Methodist Talent and Communications Intern, Action for Children

For more information, email us at ask@actionforchildren.org.uk or visit www.actionforchildren.org.uk