Christmas is not so much about opening presents, as opening our hearts.
This year, instead of doing Secret Santa in our office, we decided to do something a little bit different and collect Christmas gifts for local under privileged children and young people for the Gift of Christmas Appeal Fife.
The Gift of Christmas Appeal Fife is now in its 4th year, aiming to ensure that every child and young person in Fife, ages 0-18 years old, has gifts to open on Christmas morning. The charity is organised by just two trustees, a Fife mum and dad, and is run entirely by volunteers. On average, the Gift of Christmas Appeal is able to provide a large gift bag of gifts per child, to around 900 children and young people each year.
Sadly, around one in five children live in low income households in Fife, and the only Christmas gift they receive this year may be from the Gift of Christmas Appeal. Some children who receive gifts from the Gift of Christmas Appeal may also be experiencing difficulties such as domestic abuse, neglect and mental health issues, or act as carers for their parents of siblings.
Every child and young person deserves to experience the magic of Christmas, which is why we decided to do something a little bit different this year.
Lesley in our team has also been making lovely Christmas decorations which we have sold to visitors or other companies in our building. We are delighted to have raised a fantastic £300, so thank you to all who purchased one of Lesley’s decorations – every penny helps!
You can find out more about the Gift of Christmas Appeal Fife here.