Glasgow's Spirit of Christmas
Our Children's Gift Appeal will officially reopen on 1st October 2020. It will be Glasgow's Spirit of Christmas community's 7th year of supporting local children suffering hardship and poverty. We support communities all over Glasgow and surrounding regions, including North and South Lanarkshire, East and West Dunbartonshire, Dunbarton District, Renfrewshire, Inverclyde, North, South and East Ayrshire, Argyll & Bute and East Renfrewshire.
“Imagine waking up as a child on Christmas Day to no toys, gifts or a hot meal. Every child deserves gifts on Christmas Day no matter what their circumstances are”
Now imagine that your generosity has turned that sad face into a bright happy excited child on Christmas morning. Giving is the true spirit of Christmas!
Can you donate just one gift?
The sad reality is that 1 in 5 children in Scotland and 1 in 3 in Glasgow lives in poverty and that figure is set to rise over the coming years with a massive increase forecasted this year in child poverty.
Glasgow's Spirit of Christmas donates Christmas gifts to children affected by hardship or living in poverty and launched it's first campaign in Christmas 2014.
Since then our kind community has supported 45,763 children through our partners at an approximate value of £1,238,295 to children living locally all over Glasgow and surrounding regions.
We want to make sure every child is included at Christmas and has a wonderful magical experience. You and your family can become a Secret Santa to a local child in need this festive season. No-one can imagine waking up as a child on Christmas Day to no presents.
With your support last year, inviting your family and friends, our Facebook community grew to 30,000 members.
Together in 2019 we provided gifts and cherished memories to over 13,460 referred children waking up to presents on Christmas Day. That was a pretty awesome feeling for all of us!
Join us on Facebook, invite your friends and help us make a difference for more children this year. Follow the link to Glasgow's Spirit of Christmas
Each child and young person receives a Christmas 'Gift Made with Love' filled with age relevant gifts, toys and treats for a girl or boy of a certain age group.
The Christmas season provides a wonderful opportunity to teach our own children about giving to others and getting them involved in an active way in the spirit of giving at a time of year when Christmas can be the hardest and loneliness time for many children and individuals.
Every single gift donated as in previous years will be made by referral through our partnerships with approximately 85 charities, foodbanks and children's organisations.
This ensures that gifts donated will be placed directly into the hands of allocated and referred children who need them most and to make Christmas the special and magical day it should be for all children.