KidsOut works hard all year round to bring fun and happiness to disadvantaged children living in refuges across the UK. Their mission is simple – to make kids happy through fun days out and events.
At Christmas, their focus turns to kids in refuge who won’t get any gifts at all, while children up and down the country unwrap piles of presents.
Because children in refuges deserve to have a magical Christmas too, KidsOut launched a Giving Tree scheme. Instead of doing ‘Secret Santa’, every year, they urge companies and individuals across the UK to contact them for Christmas tree tags. Each tag has a gift suggestion on it for a child who is in a refuge. The idea is that you take a tag, buy the gift on it and then send the gifts to KidsOut. KidsOut’s brilliant army of volunteers then distribute the gifts to shelters across the UK. That way, no child goes without a Christmas gift.
Last year’s Giving Tree scheme provided children in refuge with over 18,000 toys and board games to play with on Christmas Day, thanks to the generosity of people like you.
You can find out more about it in our Christmas issue (posting out tomorrow, Friday December 6), which features The Toy Tree – a story inspired by the Giving Tree idea. We hope it will encourage some Christmas kindness.
Here at Storytime, we love what KidsOut do and we’d really like to add Storytime issues to the Christmas stockings of children in refuge. So if you’re looking for stocking fillers, then why not buy a Storytime back issue? We’ll tot up every issue you purchase until Christmas and then donate the same number of issues to KidsOut. That way, children in refuge also get the gift of stories this year.
Buy a Storytime issue and help us give children in refuge a happier story this Christmas!