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Dear Santa 2021

Dear Santa 2021 has been our most successful seasonal fund-raising campaign to date.

Thanks to your kindness and generosity we’re delighted to report that our Dear Santa 2021 Christmas present appeal delivered longed-for gifts to a total of 1,463 children whose lives have harmed by serious crime.

We know from the many thank you messages we have received what a difference these gifts made. Here’s an example from one grateful mum:

“I just wanted to say the biggest thank you from the bottom of my heart for giving my children the biggest smiles on Christmas Day! The gifts they asked Santa for are perfect and I was very tearful watching them opening the special gifts.

‘The meaning behind the gifts is a very emotional one… and I will never ever forget the generosity and kindness of the complete stranger that gifted to my children. To the persons(s) who purchased the gifts for my children thank you, thank you so much.”

  • Dear Santa is our annual Christmas gift appeal to deliver gifts of choice to children and young people harmed by crime across the UK.
  • Children referred for a Dear Santa gift may have suffered trauma as the result of sexual abuse, domestic abuse, neglect, or have lost a parent or loved one through homicide.
  • Dear Santa allows the nominated child to choose their own gift (worth up to £35) which is placed on our Dear Santa Wish List for the public to buy.
  • Our elves will wrap and deliver your gift in time for Christmas Day.
  • 100% of your donation goes to your chosen child.

Without your support, we could not have made such a positive impact in bringing joy to some of the most vulnerable children in our communities this Christmas.

We are already planning for Dear Santa 2022 and we look forward to sharing the details in due course. 

Nominations for Dear Santa 2020 are now closed

Nominations for Dear Santa 2020 closed at 12 noon on Wednesday December 17.

This is to ensure requested gifts can be purchased, delivered to Embrace for wrapping and redelivered to the child in time for Christmas Day.

Please browse our website for details of other support services available.

If you would like to refer a child for other support please complete the refer now form.

Dear Santa 2020

With the countdown to Christmas well underway we’re delighted to report that our 2020 Dear Santa Christmas appeal has turned hundreds of wishes into reality this Christmas for children affected by crime across the UK.

Thanks to your kindness and generosity, our appeal will be delivering longed-for Christmas gifts to hundreds of children across the UK.

All gifts have now been purchased but donations remain open to cover late gift requests that we were not able to publish.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from everyone at Team Embrace!

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