What were your favourite childhood gifts?

We all have memories of something special, a toy, a book, a piece of clothing, something that felt extra special and we clung to as if the world would end without it. Those were magical gifts and priceless memories.

You never truly know whether a gift will be the magical one.  For the person it was given to it may be the perfect gift, especially for someone who never expected it and so this is a perfect moment to think about the things that may change someone’s life, the thing or things that you won’t miss.

Is it strange to say that getting a Christmas presents isn’t a given for some children. For any number of reasons the ability to provide may not be there.

In 2004 The Salvation Army launched their first Christmas Toy Appeal. Last year over 76,000 gifts were distributed, that’s a lot of ‘Special’!

In many instances charities ask for new toys to be given or purchased but old toys, ones grown out of, out of favour toys are not ignored. Many charities will accept them in order to sell them to raise funds for new gifts.

It’s Christmas and we’re focussing on toys today.

At the point of writing there are 95,065 charities registered in England and Wales that are classified as helping Children and Young People.

For today, check in with your favourite charity or search online for a local charity near you and see who can be supported. Help  someone who expects very little this Christmas but hopes for something, be their Santa and ‘Make Life Special’.

We know that you, that people in general donate all manner of things throughout the year. Keep up the great work.

Thank you.

Salvation Army – Christmas Present Appeal

Donate toys to your local Oxfam shop.

Find a Charity near you

Do let us know how you get on, share with us on social media (you’ll find links on the right hand side of this page or at the bottom on mobile). We’d love to hear from you, to see some pictures and by all means share ideas for next year. We already have a growing list we couldn’t fit into this challenge.

Please continue to follow our Advent Challenge here



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