As I am sitting on my sofa this evening, looking at my wonderfully decorated Christmas tree, sipping a glass of red and chilling out, I find I can not quite settle.
It is only 16 sleeps until Santa and yet, I wonder if I have to resign myself to the fact that the majority of the young people for whom I am the corporate parent, will not be ‘having themselves a merry little Christmas’, they will probably be feeling more isolated, more lonely and more vulnerable than they do for the rest of the year- and that’s saying something.
I decided in September that I was not going to allow Christmas to be as bleak as it was last year for the kids my colleagues and I work with. Last year we received a few gifts from a lovely local Church. It was very generous of them really but many of the gifts were totally inappropriate, poorly wrapped and came in on around the 22nd December, way to late for us to plan who would benefit and how they’d be delivered etc. As I am constantly saying, they wouldn’t have been good enough for my kids, not good enough for yours so WHY did we think they were good enough for these kids?
I am not being ungrateful but, I work with these young people, I have the privilege of getting to know them- hearing what they like, what they enjoy, what they think.
I should be able to spare the time (but can’t) and our service should be able to spare the cash (but can’t) to give them a thoughtful Christmas gift that they will appreciate.
I wrote a letter to around 30 local companies and so far have had back…
£10 from Tescos
2 cinema tickets
and lots of sorry letters….
I really want to make these (260) kids feel valued, loved and appreciated, especially at Christmas- want to help?
Great stuff- it’s not too late!!
I know that Christmas is a busy and stressful time of year for everyone so, this year more than most given the economic climate so, if you are too busy or too skint please don’t worry about it- just please don’t be offended that I have asked.
Eagle radio have offered to donate some gifts to us from their toy appeal but they very rarely get gifts for teenagers or young adults and with 260 on our books we could do with some help!
There are several different ways that you can donate a gift or some money:
1) let me know that you’d like to be involved and I will come and collect your donation at a convenient time and place.
2) drop a gift in to any of Surreys librarys- it is best to bag it and mark the age group- THE YOUNG PEOPLE WE SUPPORT ARE 18-24 OR MARK IT CORBYSAYS
3) Post a store card- (light, easy find and cheap to post) to Eagle Radio: 96.4 Eagle Radio, Dolphin House, North Street, Guildford GU1 4AA
4) Click here to see where else gifts can be dropped off.
5) Tell others about this if you feel it is appropriate.
Following my last post I have had several replies- sometimes from the most unlikely sources. I have been so touched that people have taken the time to consider what gifts a young person would like, go out and get them and then deliver them- THANK YOU.
I am so looking forward to delivering these pressies to the kids on the 21st- it will make their day and I will be sure to tell you all about that too.
Have a great day 😉
BE THE CHANGE YOU WISH TO SEE IN THE WORLD.