23 December 2020
Families across the UK have been receiving their Dear Santa gifts ready to give to their little ones on Christmas Day.
Embrace Child Victims of Crime (Embrace CVOC) launched its Dear Santa 2020 campaign to provide gifts of choice for children who have suffered through serious crime.
Over the past six weeks people across the UK have really got into the spirit of Christmas and dug deep in their pockets to purchase over £12,000 worth of presents for vulnerable children.
Businesses and corporate sponsors have also contributed almost £8,000 to the appeal meaning the charity reached its £20,000 target and has been able to provide presents for 1,102 children this year.
All of those gifts were available to buy through Embrace CVOC’s website and then the charity arranged for them to be wrapped and sent to the children who wished for them.
And Embrace CVOC has already received some lovely thank yous from some of those families.
One family wrote: “Me and my husband just wanted to send you a thank you note for your hugely generous Christmas gifts you have organised for the four children in our care. “Your kindness and love being demonstrated by this gesture has blown us away. “We are in the middle of a hugely hard scenario given the serious crimes that have been committed against the children and the arduous road ahead with court etc can sometimes being overwhelming and scary.So these surprise Christmas gifts have given us a huge lift and reminded us of the good that exists in the world. Thank you again and we can’t wait to give these gifts to the four children.Have a Merry Christmas.”
Another family wrote: “Just received gifts for our grandchildren after losing their mummy through domestic abuse. Thank you so, so much. They are going to love them.”
Another family told us on Twitter that Embrace CVOC supported her and her children 12 years ago and she, and her now grown-up children, always support Dear Santa.
Embrace CVOC is unique because it’s the only organisation in the UK that solely supports child victims of crime. Some of the children supported by Embrace CVOC have lost a parent or sibling through serious crime. Some have experienced sexual, physical or emotional abuse or years of neglect. Others have been living in homes torn apart by domestic violence. These children have dealt with unimaginable trauma in their young lives and police officers, teachers or others working in safeguarding roles refer them to Embrace CVOC for counselling, practical and emotional support.
To find out more about Embrace CVOC visit www.embracecvoc.org.uk
To donate visit https://embracecvoc.org.uk/make-donation/