Gift giving that gives more.
Sadly, there are many children across the country for whom life is very difficult – and it can often be even harder at Christmas.
For the second year in a row, our Oxford office has taken part in the Oxfordshire Social Services Secret Santa Scheme, along with a number of other local businesses.
The project means our people can buy Christmas presents for children who are either in care or who remain at home but are ‘in need’.
Chloe Eldridge, PA & Team Coordinator at our Oxford office, explains:
“The children tell their social worker what they would like Santa to deliver them this Christmas. We then receive a list of their names, ages, and what they would like. Each person then chooses a child to buy for, effectively making them that child’s ‘Secret Santa’. Our gifts are then handed over to the social workers for delivery… and hopefully, make a child very happy on the ‘big day’!”
Left: Our Oxford office tree. Right: Almost 1000 presents from the appeal.
Christmas isn’t all about the presents but as we here in Oxford all found out last year, it is heart-warming to be able to buy for someone you know will otherwise get very little or nothing at all.
Last year there were approximately 500 children who had gifts bought for them through the scheme. However, this year presents were bought for just under 1,000 children – making it a wonderful initiative that really makes an impact on young lives.