Each year, 52 Lives helps to buy Christmas presents for people going through difficult times. Last year, we helped to buy gifts for more than 1000 people staying in refuges, homeless shelters, people suffering domestic abuse, or living in deprivation. We do this by partnering with some amazing organisations, schools and charities who work with people in need - this means we can directly reach people who need kindness the most.
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 sent directly to those organisations to give to the people who need them. Wherever possible - particularly for the children's gifts - we have chosen things that they have specifically asked their parents / carers for. We are also accepting financial donations, which we will use to buy gifts from high street stores and small businesses.
WHAT DO I DO?
1. Choose an organisation to help from the list below and click 'Buy a Gift'.
2. Select a gift from their Amazon wishlist. Most of the gifts are priced between £10 and £20 but there are some cheaper options as well.
3. Checking out ... when you checkout, choose the 'gift registry' address. This will mean your gift will be sent straight to the organisation. Please don't choose the 'gift wrap' option, but you can include a gift message if you wish.
4. Feel wonderful. When we're kind, it doesn't just help the person we're kind to. It also improves our own physical and mental health.
Want to donate instead?
If you would rather give a financial donation, please click here to donate online - we will be using 100% of your donations to buy gifts from some high street stores and small businesses. You can also donate by text:Text Secretsanta and the amount you wish to donate to 70450 Eg. To donate £5, just text secretsanta 5. (Texts cost your donation amount plus one standard rate message. The minimum donation amount via text is £1 and maximum is £20. We will not use your mobile number for any form of marketing communications).
Buying a gift on behalf of someone else?
Download our Christmas gift note to let them know you have bought a gift in their name - there's a printable and an email version (click here to view and download the gift note).
Can't afford a gift?
We know it's been a tough year and not everyone can afford to help. If you would rather send a Christmas card or a kind message to someone in need, you can write your message in the form below (your contact details will not be passed along) or Christmas cards can be posted to: 52 Lives (Christmas), PO Box 3154, Reading, RG1 9AT. Your cards and messages will be given to the people we're helping, along with the gifts.