There are many families who just about manage throughout the year, but the worry and financial pressure of Christmas causes anxiety and stress at a time of the year that should be full of joy, simply because they don’t have sufficient money to buy toys for their children.
SCRATCH has been operating the Christmas Complete project for over 20 years and in 2018 we were able to provide a parcel of 7 or 8 presents to 1866 children and young people. Everyone we help is referred by a trusted referral agent to ensure that there is a genuine need.
The project is managed by the SCRATCH staff team with the support of over 100 volunteers who help sort, package and deliver the parcels to over 780 households.
Comments from families and agencies that refer demonstrate the benefits this project can bring: -
"The gifts my 4 children received were amazing and made their Christmas. It helped me so much as we are very tight on money, paying off debts on top of normal bills. I have been having terrible anxiety meaning I can't go out to do anything on my own. Words can't describe how grateful our family is for your generosity".
“Christmas was proving to be very stressful and with lack of money I thought it was going to be cancelled. You have made our Christmas with the wonderful gifts for our 4 children. When I got the delivery, I cried as I was so amazed at your generosity.”
“Once again, I cannot thank you and your team enough. We have some very happy parents who have had a great deal of stress lifted!”
“I was overwhelmed by the gifts I received from Scratch for my children – it was 2 boxes! I just couldn’t believe it, I was bowled over! They loved their presents.”
“A big 'thank you' to you and all your team of helpers for continuing to operate Christmas Complete! It's such a brilliant scheme and makes a real difference to disadvantaged children, particularly those in asylum seeker families, who are on such a limited income.”
£3,000 would sponsor 300 packages which cost us £10 to produce.