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How You Can Help The Needy at Christmas in Birmingham

by BecSorby (follow)
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

The Christmas Appeal is back for 2018.
You can make a donation, which will go towards a gift for a needy person.
You can also make a donation to the Toylink appeal, which provides gifts to children who would not otherwise receive one at Christmas.
You can either buy a gift for children or organise a gift collection with family, friends and colleagues.
If you would like to buy a gift, the children are aged up to 16 years and accepted gifts include toys, books, games and puzzles. Gifts must be new and unwrapped so it can be matched to the child.

Image: Birmingham City Mission Facebook page

Donate to Birmingham Central Foodbank

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.
You can also donate money or organise a fundraising event or food drive with your workplace or community group.

Image: Birmingham Central Foodbank Facebook page

KidsOut Giving Tree Appeal

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.
You can also make a donation here.

The Salvation Army Christmas Present Appeal

The Salvation Army churches and centres across the UK will be collecting new and unwrapped toys and gifts for children in need.
You can find a list of suggested toys here.
To find your nearest centre here but please be aware that not all centres will be running the appeal.
You can also make a monetary donation here, with funds going towards food, modest gifts and support and advice for those who need it the most.

Family Action Toy Appeal

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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