Our colleagues in Woking are helping to make a difference this festive season by participating in the KidsOut’s Giving Tree initiative.
KidsOut’s Giving Tree initiative invites companies to ‘Ditch Secret Santa’ and buy toys for children in local refuge homes instead. Many of the recipients are children who have escaped domestic violence, being forced to flee their homes quickly and leave all possessions behind. Without Giving Tree, these children may not otherwise receive a gift at Christmas.
The initiative involves in the lead up to Christmas, decorative tags with a child’s name, age, and suggested gift are placed on a Christmas tree, with participants being invited to take a tag and buy the present ranging from £5-£10. KidsOut then arranges collection of the gifts to distribute to children in local refuges.
Louise Shortt, Proposals Manager said:
“We decided as an office that there must be something more worthwhile than Secret Santa where you end up with a novelty mug or with a gift you don’t need which probably never gets used. We have had a good uptake and our people are really excited about it! They feel a genuine connection to the child they are buying a gift for. We put our office Christmas tree up early so that we could start collecting the gifts and plan to have them ready for collection on the 10th December.”
These initiatives are a great way of bringing office and sites teams together and help show their support for those in need over the Christmas period.
Find out more about the Giving Tree initiative by visiting the KidsOut charity website.