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Life #20 – 300 children!

News   •   Apr 22, 2014 13:27 BST

Request: New toys and books

This week we have quite a big task! We want to find 300 new toys or books to help spread some love to children going through very tough times.

And so, in collaboration with 52 Lives, we want to help send each of the 300 children a birthday present over the next 12 months.

Last week, I spoke to the CEO of an amazing charity called Tree of Hope. Tree of Hope works with families of sick and disabled children in the UK who need specialist surgery, treatment and therapy. They help by providing grants to enable families to obtain treatment which would not otherwise be available to them (either privately in the UK or abroad), and they also assist families with their individual fundraising efforts.

The sheer number of stories on their website is heartbreaking. I wanted to help, but didn’t know where to start.

Jeremy, Tree of Hope’s CEO, said something they have always wanted to do is to be able to send each child they help a birthday present to show them that there are people out there who are thinking of them and who care about them.  At such young ages, these children are facing some pretty scary situations. A birthday present might seem insignificant in the scheme of things, but sometimes small acts of kindness can make a big difference to someone’s state of mind.

And so, in collaboration with Tree of Hope, we want to help send each of the 300 children a birthday present over the next 12 months.

So, this is what we need you to do…

1.  Buy a toy or book (online might be easier – especially for non-UK people)

Some suggested sites are:

http://www.bookdepository.com/ (free delivery)

http://www.tesco.com/direct/ (free delivery on books and DVDs)

http://www.smythstoys.com/ (delivery is £2.99)

http://www.johnlewis.com (delivery is £3.00)

http://www.thetoyshop.com/ (delivery is £2.99)

2.  Send it to:

Tree of Hope - The Birthday Project
43A Little Mount Sion, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN1 1YP

3.  Include a card or message if you like, which Tree of Hope will include when they send the gift.

4.  Spread the word! Do you know any businesses that might be able to donate toys or books? With so many presents to find, we need all the help we can get!

Jaime Thurston

52 Lives 

Help Change a Life Every Week

www.52-lives.org


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