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Christmas is a time for giving!








In the run up to Christmas here are some thoughts about ways in which you might help North Tyneside charities and community groups:

Elf Day – On 7 December you and your work colleagues can unleash your inner elf and wear festive fancy dress to raise money to beat dementia.  You can register here.

12 Days of Christmas Kindness Calendar – This year VODA is inviting individuals, groups or organisations to create a ‘reverse advent’ calendar of ‘non-essential’ items for people in need this Christmas. Just grab a box or a bag, and add an item every day up until 14 December.  VODA will pick up the boxes and donate them to local causes such as foodbanks and local charities. Suggested Items include make up, shower gels, toothpaste and toothbrushes, shampoo and conditioner, bath sets, deodorants, chocolates; razors, nappies etc. Why not take advantage of 3 for 2 offers over Christmas and donate your free third item? Contact us for more information.

Christmas Toys: Cedarwood Trust on the Meadow Well estate in North Shields is collecting toys for children on the estate who may not receive many Christmas presents.  This year the Trust is particularly looking for toys that are suitable for ages 10+. Visit The Cedarwood Trust website.

Make Christmas Special – For many people Christmas is a time spent with family and friends, but for some it can be a lonely time, particularly Christmas Day.  Social Connections North East is working with community and voluntary organisations, churches and the business community to bring together people to make Christmas extra special.  Your business can help by donating a present, sponsoring a Christmas lunch for someone (each meal is £10 and you sponsor on line: Account name: Make Christmas Special, Sort Code: 23-75-24, Account number: 03689060); transporting someone to and from a Christmas Day celebration; preparing and serving Christmas meals.  For more information email: socialconnectionsnortheast@gmail.com