Santa’s helpers at local law firm Blake Morgan are calling again this year on Oxford businesses to donate gifts to disadvantaged children through their secret santa scheme.
Last year the initiative raised almost 900 gifts to children nominated by Oxfordshire Social Services, as well as Children Heard and Seen, an Oxford charity that helps children who have a parent in prison.
Those taking part are given gift tags which show the first names, ages and gift ideas of children who would benefit from a gift.
The volunteers at participating businesses choose the tag of a child they wish to buy for and then spend their own money on a suitable present before wrapping it and attaching the tag. Presents chosen by the children last year included anything from toy cars to toiletries to books.
The firm was overwhelmed by the generosity of local businesses including Cala Homes who donated £1000 towards the cause. They are calling for help to beat the number of presents donated last year and spread Christmas cheer to even more children and young people who might not otherwise receive a gift.
All the presents are collected by 5 December at Blake Morgan’s offices at Seacourt Tower, in West Way, so they can be passed on to social services in time for Christmas.
William Downing, regional senior partner for Blake Morgan in Oxford, said: “Christmas should be a special time for all children but sadly there are many who find this time of year extremely challenging. A small gift can make a big difference and make them feel important and cared for, which is why we are urging as many local businesses to get involved as we can.
“I would like to thank not only the businesses who donated but also our own staff who have been helped to make our Secret Santa initiative a success. We are aiming to raise presents for over 900 children this year”
A reception will be held at Seacourt Tower for participating businesses before the presents are loaded into cars and taken away by social services and the charity in time for Christmas Day.
Businesses interested in taking part are invited to contact Eleanor Tanner at [email protected] or call 01865 254 274.