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Every winter in the lead up to Christmas, we ask for donations of books, toys and festive treats for homeless and vulnerable families in north London. Will you help us to give light even more families this year?

The gift of reading is particularly important to young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, who are less likely to read well, to access libraries or to have books at home. With child poverty and family homelessness high across areas like Northumberland Park, Tottenham Hale and White Hart Lane, the book you donate may even be a child's first.

Real hunger is also a harsh reality facing many families, and things that we see as essential, like toothpaste, may be seen as luxuries and families are often forced to choose between putting food on the table and keeping the lights on. The effect of poverty here is similar to that seen by the beneficiaries of our projects overseas; uncertainty, inability to plan for a better future, nowhere for children to study and a lack of resources for parents to understand how to provide opportunities for their children or where they can find them.

We work with two great community organisations to make a difference to these families and their children: CARIS Haringey and Park Lane Children's Centre. Join us to provide them with educational, exciting and useful parcels this Christmas.  

What we need:

  • new toys and books (suitable children aged 1-6)
  • clothes in new or excellent condition for babies and children
  • non-perishable food (e.g. rice, pasta, tinned, festive treats)
  • toiletries (eg. shampoo, toothpaste, shower gel, deodrants, sanitary products)
  • baby supplies (eg. baby wipes, nappies)

How to help:

  • Set up a donation collection box in your workplace, apartment block, church, school or university. Simply download and print our poster pack and place your box in a shared space (such as the reception, canteen or break spaces). Once you've spread the word and have collected items we can arrange for pick up or drop-off.
  • Fundraise! Whether you host an event or ask for donations in lieu of Christmas presents this year you can encourage your friends and family to get behind the cause too. Simply visit our fundraising platform and click "Start Fundraising". The Wonder Foundation will use the money raised to purchase the items needed directly.
  • Give items individually - if you have items you would like to donate you can drop them off at our office near Old Street (directions here) or at one of our collection point (details coming soon!)
  • Donate ££ - visit our online donation page and make a financial contribution. All money raised will be used to purchase the items needed on our list. If you are a UK Taxpayer don't forget to add Gift Aid to help us make your money go further.

Please note delivery to CARIS Haringey and Park Lane Children's Centre will take place on Tuesday 12th December. Therefore, all items should be dropped off at Wonder Foundation's office by no later than 1PM on Monday 11th December. Any cash donations should be pledged by Friday 8th December in order for their to be enough time for items to be purchased by the Wonder Foundation.

Our impact

The Christmas Lights campaign is now in its 4th year. Thanks to our supporters (including Investec, Unilever, IKEA Tottenham, Romulo Café, Pickled Pepper Books, Walker Books) we have been able to reach around 100 families each year across the two centres.

After last year's campaign, Marlene D’Aguilar, director of Park Lane, said: “The Wonder Foundation did a great job last year bringing 50 parcels for families who were in need. You ought to have seen the children’s faces when they got their gifts, and the families when they got the packages. We really want to see smiles on these families’ faces again this Christmas.”

Each year dozens of volunteers are involved in the running of the campaign. This year we need volunteers to collect, wrap and deliver parcels between 4th-12th December. Email us to get involved

Click here to DONATE or get in touch for more information: engagement@wonderfoundation.org.uk

A few ways people helped last year:

BRING LIGHT THIS CHRISTMAS. We have #dropbox @romulolondon for @WONDERFDN's drive for vulnerable families in North London. TX for your help! pic.twitter.com/jMlGOdo8EF

— Romulo Cafe London (@romulolondon) December 1, 2016

 

Massive thank you to @pickledbooks for donating magical #Christmas reads to our appeal to help vulnerable kids in #London! #FridayFeeling pic.twitter.com/NAvMpNbWdO

— WONDER Foundation (@WONDERFDN) December 2, 2016