Local children's charity appeal for public's support to help bring the magic of Christmas to local children Aberdeen children’s charity appeal for public’s support to help bring the magic of Christmas to local children growing up in difficult life circumstances. Local children’s charity Befriend a Child have launched their annual Giving Tree Appeal to ensure the children and young people supported by the charity have gifts to open on Christmas morning and experiences to look forward to in 2022. Members of the public can take part in the appeal by picking up a tag from one of the charities Giving Tree partners across Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire. The tag will ask the individual to either donate a Christmas gift for a local child or donate money which can go towards an experience. ‘Each year we launch the appeal we are overwhelmed with the generosity of the general public and the donations we receive. Christmas can be a difficult time of year for many of the children we support at Befriend a Child, and donations received through our Giving Tree appeal help us ensure all of these children and their siblings receive presents to open on Christmas morning.’ – Jean Gordon, Head of Operations, Befriend a Child. The appeal also helps the charity to raise vital funds for their befriending programme. The money raised ensures the children and young people have outings to look forward to with their volunteer in the new year ahead. ‘The experiences the children enjoy with their befrienders and mentors have a truly incredible impact on their young lives, they give the children the opportunity to take part in activities that may otherwise not be available to them, helping them grow in confidence and self-esteem, learn new skills and life interests and improve their wellbeing as they spend time with a trusted friend and positive adult role model.’ – Jean Gordon, Head of Operations, Befriend a Child. Individuals can also help the charity by taking part in the appeal virtually using the charities dedicated Giving Tree JustGiving page for experience donations and Amazon wish list for gift donations. ‘We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has taken part in our Giving Tree Appeal so far by donating gifts, paying for experiences for local children, sharing the appeal with friends, family and colleagues and of course to all of the wonderful businesses who are hosting our Giving Tree tags or taking part virtually. Every single donation will make a huge difference to the local children we support and will help to make sure they have a truly special Christmas and a fun filled 2022 making happy memories with their befriender.’ – Tara Morrison, Fundraising and Marketing Co-ordinator, Befriend a Child. You can take part in the appeal by taking a tag from one of the charity’s Giving Tree partners in the City or Shire, or by simply clicking the link below. https://linktr.ee/befriendachildgivingtreeappeal To find out how you too could support Befriend a Child by fundraising or volunteering email [email protected].