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The Change Foundation Young Ambassadors Christmas Gift Appeal

A Christmas gift appeal to receive donations and buy presents for disadvantaged primary school aged children in local communities

The project aimed to start a Christmas gift appeal to receive donations and buy presents for disadvantaged primary school aged children in the Young Ambassadors local communities of Wandsworth, Enfield, Croydon, Ealing and Lewisham. They wanted to donate the gifts to children from families who have faced financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic and as a result, may find it difficult to provide presents for their children this year. They felt that it was very important to offer these Christmas gifts to create excitement, happiness and hope in children’s lives and help them experience a sense of festive cheer and normality during a very unusual and challenging time period.

The 7 Young Ambassadors shared the appeal and raised awareness, and then organised, packed and delivered the items to recipients in their local communities alongside 9 volunteers from The Change Foundation. 50 family, friends and supporters also took part and helped out.

The group originally planned to deliver gifts to 80 children but were overwhelmed and grateful to receive 100s of items donated to the appeal, which alongside the funding meant they were able to distribute gifts to 200-300 recipients in total.

Feedback from the organisations who received the gifts included:

These particular students and their families really don’t have anything and would not be able to receive Christmas presents this year. Thank you so much, they are going to be so happy to have a present to open.

A lot of the families we work with do not have much themselves … We really appreciate that they will also be able to receive gifts this year and the children will love all of the toys.

The teacher from one primary school receiving the presents said: ‘Thank you so much, we need more young people like you making a difference in our communities and building a better future.

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Peabody is funding 11-25 year olds to develop their own projects, trips and events for other young people in their local area.

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