Each year, 52 Lives helps to buy Christmas presents for people who might otherwise not receive anything. Last year, we helped to buy gifts for almost 1000 people staying in refuges, homeless shelters, suffering domestic abuse, or living in deprivation.
We asked you to nominate organisations, schools or charities who work with people in need, so we could choose several to work with and provide gifts for the people they help. But, when it came time to choose between them - we simply couldn't and said yes to everyone! So, now we need your help!
HOW DOES IT WORK?
We have set up Amazon wishlists for each of the organisations, and the gifts you buy from these lists will be given to people very much in need of kindness.
WHAT DO I DO?
Click on the 'Buy a Gift' link underneath the organisation of your choice below. You will be taken to the an Amazon wishlist where you can buy a gift that will be sent straight to the organisation to give to the people who need them. For the gifts going to children this year, where possible I have chosen things that they have asked their parents / carers for.
WHERE WILL MY GIFT GO?
The gift you buy from the wishlist will be sent to the organisation, who will distribute the gifts (please don't chose the 'gift wrap' option).
These organisations have been overwhelmed that people they don't even know might consider buying gifts for the women, men and children they work with. Last year, a woman who was suffering domestic abuse said it restored her faith in humanity, that she feels 'seen' and that she wishes all of you could see her children’s faces on Christmas morning when they receive a present. Another said she felt like she had won the lottery.
Your kindness will make such big difference to the person receiving your gift...at a time when they really need it.
(Most of the gifts are priced between £10 and £20 but there are some slightly cheaper options as well. When you purchase, please don't choose the 'gift wrap' option as they need to see what the presents are to ensure they are given to the right person).
WHAT WE DID
We did it! Thank you all so much for helping. What you gave was so much more than a gift - you let almost 1000 people know that they aren't alone, and that there are people out there who care about them. You gave some relief to struggling mums and dads who were so grateful to receive gifts they could give to their children, and you helped to spread so much kindness.
A big thank you to the lovely Lucinda Watson from Christmas Wrapped who raised more than £2000 for us by doing a mammoth trek in Bhutan, and by donating a percentage of her profits to 52 Lives - which helped to buy more than 200 gifts. Thank you also to Paul from The Chubby Monger for his amazing support. Paul got in touch with me just days after sadly losing his father. He wanted to do something kind for someone else, to help lift his spirits. So he bought every gift remaining from the Shropshire Domestic Abuse Service wishlist, helping so many women children going through tough times. Thank you to Baked Sensations By Kelly for offering to bake some amazing Christmas treats for the homeless men and women visiting the Camberley All Night Cafe.
And finally, thank you to every single one of you who bought a gift or helped to spread the word about our campaign (I know not everyone an afford to help financially, but helping us reach more people is just as important). Without all of you none of this would have been possible. So thank you!
Here are a just few of the messages we have received from some of the organisations and individuals you helped…
“We would just like to say a BIG thank you to all those who donated to the Centre over Christmas.
All the gifts were very much appreciated.” ~ Hope 4
"Christmas day was a lovely event, we did a huge Christmas spread and after dinner, our homeless customers received their parcelled up gifts and were really delighted and very thankful. How much nicer to give new and quality gifts to people and the guys were really happy. Great to have your support and love 52 Lives. Thank you so much” ~ Camberley All Night Cafe
“From all of us at Home-Start Ceredigion we would like to thank you so very, very much for the special gifts.”