Christmas is not always a happy and festive time, with many disadvantaged people in need of some help.
For so many people, Christmas is their favourite time of year filled with family, fun and festivities.
But for many disadvantaged people in Birmingham, Christmas can be the most difficult time of the year – a time of feeling lonely or when the family budget is absolutely stretched to the limit. It’s a time of despair and desperation, but there are things you can do to help the less fortunate at Christmas. Here’s how you can help.
Birmingham City Mission Christmas Appeal and Toylink
Birmingham Central Foodbank provides food packs for needy families.
Food items required include UHT milk, cereal, long-life fruit juice and squash, tinned fruit and vegetables, tinned meat, pasta sauce, crisps, small jars of instant coffee and good quality carrier bags.
You will find drop-off points for food items at Tesco Springhill Superstore, Camden Street, Hockley (drop off is at the front of store, near the exits) and Birmingham City Church, Parade, B1 3QQ.
Why not ditch the ‘secret Santa' at work and spend the money on a toy for a disadvantaged child instead?
The KidsOut Giving Tree Appeal provides businesses, schools and other organisations with decorative tags with a child’s name (no real names are used) age and suggested gift - participants then take the tag and purchase the gift for between £5 and £10.
KidsOut will then arrange for collection of the gifts and will distribute them to children who will otherwise not receive a gift at Christmas.
If you’re part of a company or group, you can register to be a part of the 2018 Toy Appeal.
You can either sign up to be matched with a Family Action service and buy and deliver the gifts, or hold a fundraising event to help Family Action buy gifts for the services they are unable to match directly.
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