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Dear Santa 2021

Buy an extra gift when you shop online and help turn Christmas wishes into reality for some of the most vulnerable children in communities near you.

Over the past five years, thanks to your generosity , we have provided 2,722 gifts of choice for children whose lives have been victims or witnesses to crime.

  • 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.

You can purchase a gift for a child harmed by crime directly from our Dear Santa Wish List.

Simply click on the wish-list tag and you’ll be redirected to our shop. Here you’ll find a list of Dear Santa gifts together with details of the recipients, including age, the region they come from and the crime.

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If you would like to order a personalised Certificate of Appreciation from Embrace CVOC following your donation, please click below. 

Support Dear Santa 2021

Over the years, thanks to your support and generosity we have delivered presents to thousands of children across the UK.
Help us offer support to even more children recovering from the trauma of serious crime by:


Tell your friends, family and colleagues about #DearSanta2021 – encourage them to donate.


From Monday 25 October 2021 share our #DearSanta2021 messages with your followers on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram & LinkedIn, adding your personal support for the campaign. Click here to download our supporter pack! 


Office cake sale? Pub quiz? Christmas jumper day? Dear Santa is a great way for friends, colleagues or groups to club together to fund a gift for a child victim of crime in their local community.


From Monday 25 October 2021 purchase a gift for a child harmed by crime directly from our Dear Santa Wish List


Every penny counts. If you don’t have the time to purchase a gift directly, we’re happy to do this for you.
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Donate Now

Make a donation and we will buy a gift on your behalf – Thank you and Merry Christmas!

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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