Christmas is a particularly challenging time of year at Kids Company, when resources are strained to breaking point. As it looms closer Kids Company are urgently asking for help so they can deliver crucial emergency provisions to vulnerable children, young people and their carers who struggle to survive the Christmas period.
For children and young people who have suffered severe trauma, food insecurity, poverty and even homelessness, Christmas is a severely distressing time. Their loneliness engulfs them as they compare their experience to those more fortunate.
Kids Company will open on Christmas Day because of children like Thomas who is 10 years old. His father died of an alcohol overdose when he was four and his mother is a drug addict. He loves her and tries to protect her. Most of the time, Thomas manages with huge dignity, courage and fortitude and tries to do his best by cooking whatever he finds in the cupboard for them both. But when December comes, Thomas is regularly in tears. He’s anxious about the drug dealers attacking his mum and he’s terrified he will be left alone on Christmas Day without food. But above all, he knows he will have to lie to his teacher and friends about how he celebrated the day so they don’t know the truth.
Kids Company will open on Christmas Day because without it, thousands of children like Thomas would have nowhere safe to go. These kids deserve the same joyful and nurturing Christmas that you try to give your own family. This year, Kids Company will create a wonderful Christmas party for 4,000 children, young people and their families complete with food and presents. They will also deliver emergency food parcels to a further 12,000 in the community. But they can’t do it without your help.
Please, donate now via the following outlets and together we can give a vulnerable child the gift of Christmas.
Cheque: You can send a cheque to Kids Company Fundraising, 38-40 Blackfriars Road, London, SE1 8NZ. Please clearly mark the following code on the back of your cheque: SPCHR006.
Text: Text ‘KIDS HELP’ to donate £5 to 70700. If you wish to donate more than this amount, please text multiple times, for example to donate £20, please text 4 times. The donation amount will be added to your mobile phone bill. There are no additional costs, 100% of the donations come to Kids Company and it will not affect any text allowance on your phone plan.