How you can help children and families this Christmas

Monday 06 November 2023
A family wearing Christmas jumpers and novelty Christmas items, baking together in the kitchen

Want to make a difference this Christmas? Find out how you can help vulnerable children and families

Help a family in need this winter and make a child feel the magic of Christmas. For vulnerable children across the UK, Christmas is anything but magical. No stockings. No presents. No festive food - maybe no food at all.

But you could help change that. Children across the UK need a Secret Santa like you.

Donate and become a Secret Santa for a vulnerable child. You could help children and families in need this Christmas.

Be a Secret Santa

Many UK children will wake up on Christmas morning to no toys, food, or warmth. Your gift could change this

Choose a gift

Help children learn and play this Christmas

boy playing with train toy

Not all families have toys for their children to play with. But toys and books are great tools to help a child learn and develop through play. Your donation could give a child hours of learning and fun at home.

Books and toys

Help a child enjoy the magic of Christmas

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Your gift could pay for a trip to visit Father Christmas for a child who would otherwise miss out.

A trip to visit Santa

3 siblings laughing and laying on top of each other with Christmas presents

Your donation could give a child the joy of opening up a Christmas present where they’d otherwise miss out. For some children, this Christmas will be like any other day. They’ll wake up to no lights, no tree and no presents. Help change this.

Christmas Present

We don’t always have the luxuries and those extra treats. There was one game in particular [my son] loved and wanted to play it for hours. To see him smiling and laughing, it was wonderful.

Emily* (real name anonymised), whose family received a Christmas present hamper from Action for Children

Keep a family's home warm for a month

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As the cost of living soars, many families have to choose between heating their homes or putting food on the table.  You could keep a family home warm by contributing to their gas bill.

Keep a family's home warm

Help a child keep warm this winter

Teen boy outisde in warm clothes smiles at the camera. He's infront of a a background of glowing Christmas decorations

Your donation could help give children essentials like warm winter clothes and bedding. No child should have to face the cold winter months without the right clothing.

Warm winter clothes and bedding

I had nothing left in my bank account and fuel had run out, we were so cold at home and Action for Children provided us with a top up at a time when we needed it most.

Parent supported by Action for Children

Help a child get a decent night’s sleep

Young teen girl in her bedroom writing in a diary while sitting on her bed

Children across the UK are growing up without a bed of their own. A warm, comfortable place to sleep would give them a decent night’s sleep and so much more. You could help a child this Christmas with this donation.

A bed and a warm duvet