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 festive season we are scaling-up again to respond to 5,000 children and 2,500 parents/carers gift requests this year. Our virtual Santa Shop is open again as a 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!
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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! Our Santa shop contains a great selection of gifts for every age range and these are the gifts that the children referred to us have specifically asked for. 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 [email protected] 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!
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.
We would appreciate if you could make your pledge by Friday 10th December. As this gives us enough time to then distribute the gifts.
This year we are again 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 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.
The Santa shop started last year in response to Covid 19. However the feedback from our referral partners was that the families really liked it because they got to choose their gift. So we would kindly ask that you buy a gift from the Santa shop instead of bringing physical donations.
We anticipate that the Stripey Stork service will remain open, as it has done since the pandemic began. Santa Stork 2021 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.
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 [email protected] 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 [email protected] to find out more.
Please email [email protected] to express your interest and find out more information about what’s involved.