This Christmas, St Matthew’s and All Saints’ are once more supporting the Women’s Refuge in Oxford by providing toys for mothers to give to their children on Christmas Day.
This year we are appealing for donations of toys suitable for children aged 0-10 years. Please bring your gift to one of the services at St Matthew’s or at All Saints’ on Sunday 28 November or drop it at the Church Office at St Matthew’s by Thursday 25 November (opening hours usually 9am-2pm).
The toys should be new and unwrapped. (NB no wrapping paper donations required)
As you might imagine, women and their children tend to flee to the refuge with very few belongings. So possessions are scarce and spare cash is tight for these families. Unfortunately, domestic violence is particularly prevalent over the Christmas period so the refuge often experiences an influx then. Having a decent gift to give their child at Christmas can make an enormous difference to these mothers and children.
If you are able to donate a toy that is labelled safe for a baby under 6 months old that would be very welcome as they are harder to buy for and so tend to be less well catered for. We have not been asked to cater for teenagers this year.
Items with violent connotations (e.g. with images of swords, guns, etc) would not be a good idea, for obvious reasons.
If you would like advice about what to donate, feel free to contact Jane Woolley on Tel 22 10 30 or email@example.com.
Chilton PCC would like any monetary gifts to be donated to the SeeSaw Charity which provides grief support for the children of Oxfordshire.