About Santa Stork

Our Christmas campaign, where the community comes together to ensure gifts are given and memories are made for local children in need

Santa Stork provides gifts for those who really need a helping hand at this difficult time of year. Unlike our regular donations, these gifts are new and in some cases will be the main or only present they’ll receive this Christmas. Our aim is to ensure we have enough funds to buy presents for every child and parent referred to us this Christmas.

This year we have a real challenge. We are expecting the demand to be greater than ever, with many more families thrown into financial crisis because of the pandemic. We are scaling-up to respond to 2,500 children and 1,250 parents/carers gift requests this year. In order to work as efficiently as possible and within a safe environment, we are pleased to announce the opening of our virtual Santa Shop – the new way to pledge money to buy a Santa Stork gift. 

Working in partnership with local toy supplier Toy Barnhaus, we are asking our supporters to choose a present from the options available in our virtual shop. The money donated from the cost of the item will then be used to buy a gift and give these families the Christmas they deserve!

Find out how you can be a part of this Christmas kindness… 

Gifts distributed so far!

Santa Shop (coming soon)

Encourage your child to choose a gift - the funds will be used to buy a present for a child in need

Donate £

Donate money to support the campaign and ensure no family goes without this Christmas

Santa Shop
(coming soon)

Encourage your child to choose a gift - the funds will be used to buy a present for a child in need

Donate £

Donate money to support the campaign and ensure no family goes without this Christmas

FAQs - Santa's Shop

The great thing about this year’s campaign is that you can do everything without needing to leave your house! With the funds you pledge, the Santa Stork project team will arrange for items to be ordered from Toy Barnhaus and distributed to the referral partners who made the request. You don’t need to worry about taking delivery of items at your home address and then having to drop them off with us.

We are kindly asking you and your children to go online this year! Lots of us enjoy choosing things in store, but we hope that our virtual Santa Shop will be a good and safe alternative. We encourage you to sit down with your child and choose a gift. Think about the toys they love or loved playing with – if they enjoyed them there’s a good chance someone else will love them too. As a thank you, you’ll receive a link to a Santa Stork certificate in your confirmation email which can be printed, filled in with your child’s name and presented to them.

The virtual Santa Shop has replaced the Amazon wish list option of buying a gift. We listened to your feedback that you would prefer a local option – our Santa Shop is supporting an established local business that employs local people. This model also enables us to better manage stock as we can now order gifts as and when requests come in and distribute them throughout the weeks leading up to Christmas.

We’re always so grateful when companies want to get involved – what a great alternative to Secret Santa! We would encourage you to create your own fundraising page for the campaign. This is really easy to do, please email partnerships@stripeystork.org.uk for more information or to discuss other ways in which you can collectively support Santa Stork.

Your donation will go into a gift buying fund which will be used to buy presents as and when the orders are placed by our referral partners. This way we can ensure every child receives the gift which has been chosen for them, from the list of popular gifts in Santa’s Shop. It means we can better manage stock and prevents the need for storage facilities. Rest assured that your donation will be used to make a child’s Christmas by contributing to their special gift.

There is the option to add multiples of £5 at checkout. This is the cost of a gift for a parent/carer or two selection boxes. There is also the option to make an online donation to the campaign’s appeal page – see the ‘Donate’ link above.

Yes, if you are a UK tax payer then please do and we’ll be able to claim an extra 25% on you donation. Just tick the gift aid checkbox at checkout, fill in your details and we’ll do the rest!

A small transactional fee will be deducted from your donation; because we are a charity this is a discounted rate. For PayPal this is a 20p fixed charged, plus a 1.4% variable fee. If paying via the debit/credit payment option, this is a 20p fixed charged, plus a 1.2% variable fee (for European cards) or a 2.9% fee (for non-European cards).

This is a great idea, they’ll love that you were thinking of others as well as them! In the confirmation email, which you’ll receive after checkout, there will be a link to a certificate designed just for this which you’ll be able to download and present to them.

Not at all, in fact Toy Barnhaus have generously agreed to price match with other high street stores as well as offering an additional 10% discount. We are confident that this will enable us to make the best use of our funds.

Wherever possible we will be purchasing gifts from Toy Barnhaus. However, for some gifts, notably teenagers, there are less options so we may need to source elsewhere.

You have until Friday 18th December to pledge to buy a gift. Sadly, every year we receive a substantial amount of last minute emergency referrals, so we will use funds received towards the end of the campaign to answer such requests. The Santa Stork appeal page will remain open until the end of the year (see ‘Donate’ link above).

FAQs - operations

As much as we love our annual Giving Day, as you can appreciate it won’t work this year with social distancing restrictions in place. This year we are spreading the distribution of gifts over the weeks leading up to Christmas in our travelling ‘Giving Roadshow’. We’ll be dropping the gift bundles (with wrapping paper) to each referral partner when their order is ready. This is a better solution as it avoids many people being in the same place at once and allows plenty of time for gifts to be delivered to the families. We will be inviting our partners, funders and those involved on some of these trips so they can experience the Santa Stork magic which we all know and love.

That is so kind! At the moment we have to ask you to hold onto them for us. We need to ensure that our warehouse is still fully functional for all the usual requests we respond to throughout the year, and we don’t have the space to store new Christmas gifts. As it gets closer to Christmas we will share on our social media pages if we need any gifts to be dropped off at the warehouse to fulfil last minute requests. Please contact santa@stripeystork.org.uk if you have any queries.

We anticipate that the Stripey Stork service will remain open, as it has done since the pandemic began. Santa Stork 2020 has been planned so we can stay operational even if we go into local or national lockdown. However, as a last resort if this is no longer possible, our contingency is to fulfil the remaining requests with Toy Barnhaus vouchers being sent directly to the families. Having the funds in place will enable us to do this if absolutely necessary.

FAQs - further information

Thank you for asking for help. At Stripey Stork we take referrals from the health professionals who support local families – health visitors, schools, social workers and Family Centres. If you require extra help this Christmas, please speak to your support worker or health professional who will be able to make a referral on your behalf. They will need to email santa@stripeystork.org.uk for instructions on how to do this. This referral process ensures that gifts are given to those who really need them. 

If you are part of a local community group, school or business, we’d love to hear from you. Or maybe you’d like to rally your friends and family together to collectively help? There’s plenty more ways to support Santa Stork – please email partnerships@stripeystork.org.uk to find out more.

Please email santa@stripeystork.org.uk to express your interest and find out more information about what’s involved.