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Thank you, you made our festive season so special. The children were all able to choose a few things they had always wished for that I could not afford. I am indebted to you for your generosity. Thanks for the helping hand to families like mine and others” Mum of 3

Reedham Children’s Trust Christmas Toy and Food Voucher Appeal 2023

Please bring a smile to children in need of a little happiness this Christmas

Reedham Children’s Trust is running our annual Christmas Toy and Food Voucher Appeal to support those most vulnerable in our community. The children and families we work with often face multiple challenges, from financial poverty, bereavement, homelessness, to difficult home circumstances. Whilst we can’t fix everything overnight, we can keep the magic of Christmas alive and make sure children across Croydon have at least one present to open on Christmas morning. 

How can you get involved?

  1. You can make a donation online and if you would like your donation to pay for a present or a food voucher, please write TOY or FOOD in the comments box.  
  2. Donate a present online using our Amazon gift list.
  3. If you wish to donate a physical present, Christmas gift collection boxes will be located at Centrale and Whitgift shopping centres from November 30th, or you can donate via one of our other wonderful supporters.

Any support you could offer this Christmas would be wonderful and if you would like some inspiration on gift ideas, please scroll down.

Thank you, have a wonderful Christmas.

Team Reedham and the Christmas Elves  xxx

Christmas Gift ideas and further information

Ideas of gifts per age:

4-5:   Dolls, action figures, puzzles, colouring books and crayons, play dough, building blocks, sticker books

6-8:   Story books, games, Lego, arts and crafts, books, teddies, dolls, bags, jewellery making kit, electric toys, soft footballs/balls

9-11:   Rucksack, educational games and challenges, books, art sets, diaries, football (please buy accompanying pump if needed)

12-14:  Jewellery and nail varnish sets, watches, sports or book bags, stationery, footballs, outdoor play, games and challenges, books

14+:  Toiletries, hair and skin care products, vouchers – clothes, department stores, gaming etc

All families:  Food vouchers from major supermarkets

Important points to note:

  • Unwrapped gifts are strongly preferred to make sure we allocate appropriately.
  • All gifts donated at the Whitgift or Centrale shopping centres should be labelled with a label from the giving tree.
  • Please no second-hand gifts.
  • Please consider a minimum gift value of £10.
  • Please avoid bulky or heavy items as many gifts will be hand delivered by volunteers who need to carry them.
  • Please avoid anything violent (toy guns/swords).
  • Please avoid anything with reference to Mummy or Daddy, as we work with children that may have suffered bereavement or been victims of family abuse.


Please do get in touch if you have any questions: 

[email protected] or [email protected] or call 07837 339113.


 *Donations will go directly towards vulnerable and disadvantaged children this Christmas and the forthcoming year. Presents received by December 14th will be distributed via a number of local schools to ensure the children have a present to open on Christmas Day. Any presents delivered later may not reach a child in time for Christmas Day, but will still be given as soon as possible after Christmas.