Christmas is a wonderful time of year for spending time with family and friends, exchanging gifts and sharing food. It is also a great opportunity to invest some of your time or a little money into giving something to others who are less fortunate than yourself.
We’ve been in touch with lots of charities across York, and listed below are those that are looking for your help in the run-up to the festive period.
Please note we will update this blog regularly and add new charities as they announce their plans.
Greatest Hits Radio
Greatest Hits Radio is running an appeal to new and unwrapped gifts which will be provided to families unexpectedly facing poverty and to prevent children from waking up on Christmas Day without anything under the tree.
You can drop off a new & unwrapped gift for a child at the following locations:
Bauer Radio’s Cash for Kids Register Charity Number 1122062
Hoping Street Kitchen York
Hoping Street Kitchen are a team of volunteers who give a little bit of their spare time to feed, clothe and chat to the homeless and those in need or needing support on Kings Square Wednesday and Sunday nights from 5.30-7.30pm. and provide a food and clothing bank. Due to COVID restrictions they are currently visiting those housed but still requiring additional support with meals, food and care packages Everything they do is self-funded and from donations.
You can donate the following items at any time of the year:
You can donate the following gifts to be passed on as Christmas gifts which will be the most welcomed gift you will give this Christmas. Fill a Christmas bag for life with necessary items and some treats and label the gift male or female Ideas to include:
Tin of Vegetables
Tinned Ham / Turkey / Chicken / Meat PiesTin of Potatoes / Packet of Mash
Please make Christmas donations by 12th December 2020 to allow time for Hoping Street Kitchen to distribute the items.
This Christmas hundreds of families will be living in emergency accommodation having fled violence and abuse. You can help to make this place of safety more comfortable and give families the opportunity to celebrate a Christmas free from domestic abuse by making a cash donation of giving vouchers or gift cards to be passed onto the families supported by IDAS.
You can also donate new items from the list below:
New bedding sets for children and adults, standard double & singles
KEY are also running a Christmas Raffle. Prizes include £150 in vouchers, Christmas hampers, Cupcakes, Bottle of Moet and much more. Numbers are £2 each and all funds raised will support those in need within York. Numbers will be drawn on 27 Nov 2020.
The Lunar Project is a women-led charity based in York, which supports vulnerable people who need immediate access to essential items like menstrual and sanitary products. The Lunar Project is working to eradicate period poverty in York by 2020. The Lunar Project has been busier than ever delivering care packages to people during lockdown.
You can donate the following new, unused & undamaged items at any time of the year:
Unopened boxes of tampons & sanitary towels
Clean fresh underwear
Where to drop off your donation:
The Lunar Project has a new donation point at Shared Earth on Minster Gate, York (temporarily inaccessible over lockdown). People can still make donations via social media or email and they will organise a safe way of collecting your donations.
Order a personalised Letter from Santa from the North Pole straight to your door and feel good doing your part for children with a suggested £5 donation. Choose from 8 different designs, and make your letter special with your child’s name, hobbies, friends and more.
Visit the NSPCC website for more information and to order your letter.
Order online to be posted by 9th December
Order Online to download and print by 14th December
Registered Charity Number 216401
The Salvation Army York Christmas Appeal
The Salvation Army has launched their ‘Christmas is not cancelled appeal’. Due to lockdown, they are not expecting they will have enough food or toys to meet their referral demand. They are asking if you are able to support them that you donate a toy or make a financial gift.
You can donate:
New and unwrapped gifts suitable for children and teenagers.
They can be dropped off from now until Sunday 13 December 2020 at the following locations:
Tesco Tadcaster Road, Askham Bar
Tesco Clifton Moor, Stirling Road
Herbert Todd & Son, Monks Cross & Acomb
Registered Charity Number 214779
SASH is a local, registered charity, preventing youth homelessness across York and North and East Yorkshire.
Young people aged 16-25 who are facing a homelessness crisis are placed in the homes of one of our amazing volunteer hosts on both short term (Nightstop) and longer term (Supported Lodgings) accommodation services. We then work with and support each young person to ensure they can move on to live independently and never have to face homelessness again.
As a prevention-based service SASH has a minimum need for physical items, although there are other ways you can get involved and support their work this festive season:
You can also buy a sustainable Christmas gift that makes a difference to young people’s lives.
For a suggested donation of £18.50 – the cost of a safe night’s accommodation for a young person in crisis – you will receive a rustic eco decoration and feel safe in the knowledge that you’ve helped to provide a warm and safe place for a young person to stay –find out more here.
Registered Charity Number 1054890
York Food Bank
York Food Bank want to make sure that no one in the local community has to go hungry. Your gift of financial support, time, business partnership and food can make a real difference. You can donate food at Waitrose (Foss Islands), Asda (Monks Cross), Tesco (Askam Bar), Foodbank Warehouse (Unit 5, Sterling Way, Clifton Moor). The York Food Bank website has a list of items required, so please check the list before you go shopping.
In 2019, we asked you to donate your unwanted toys, where they were then sold at Martin House Hospice Care for Children and Young People shops across York and North Yorkshire to find them a home where they would be loved again. ❤️
This year looks a little different. But we still need your unwanted toys, games and books!*
We’ll then be delivering them to our friends at No Wrong Door, who will distribute to York and North Yorkshire’s young people who are most in need – given as part of a Christmas family bag, which will also include gift wrap, tape and other items and information to help make Christmas a little easier.
Please follow our Facebook page for more information on how you can get involved and where to drop off your gift. 🎁
*Government guidelines will apply for the use of the HWRCs.
This is a council led initiative.
🎄🎄🎄Whatever you choose to do or donate, we hope you and your family enjoy the gift of giving back this Christmas 🎄🎄🎄