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Every child looks forward to the arrival of Father Christmas, but there are hundreds of children who are worried that he won’t know where to find them this year; children who are secretly living in refuges with their mothers after fleeing domestic violence.
Often they have had to escape their homes at short notice, leaving their treasured possessions behind. Furthermore, mothers are often unable to work in the short term, as they are in hiding, so have limited access to money and find it hard to provide for their children. For these children, not getting toys at Christmas, like their friends at school, can be alienating and can highlight their sensitive situation.
This year, between 21 Nov-7th Dec, we're asking you to donate to The Help a Capital Child Christmas Toy Appeal so we can buy a gift for a vulnerable child and bring a smile to their face this Christmas.
TO GET INVOLVED, PLEASE CHOOSE ONE OF THE FOLLOWING LOCAL REFUGES TO SUPPORT...
(refuge closest to the Birmingham DB office)
Or click here to make a general donation to all the refuges mentioned above.
Beverley, a children's support worker, from the women’s refuge in Essex says:
‘Christmas should be special for everybody, particularly children and even more so for those who are going through a really tough time. Living in a refuge often means children have very few of their own possessions with them and often have to leave everything when they flee the violence at home, arriving in just the clothes they are wearing.
To have a some really nice presents at Christmas means these children are made to feel special and not forgotten and can have a "normal" happy time and enjoy being children.’