Christmas can be a particularly difficult time for young people who have been through family breakdowns. We make sure that every young person living at YMCA Leicestershire receives a gift and a Christmas meal and activities so they won’t feel alone.

You can help by donating to our Christmas Fund or providing a gift, shoe box or items we can give to those in need year round.  Thanks to our amazing supporters who contribute each year!

Help us provide a gift and a meal

Donate to the Christmas Fund

Christmas Gifts & Shoeboxes

If you wish to fill a shoebox or gift other items we would be grateful if you could let us know when you want to deliver them up to Wednesday 13th December 2023. You can also take a look at our web page detailing everyday items that our residents need all year round, such as new towels and shower gel, we’re always running out!

Ideal Christmas gifts for our residents include:

  • Gift Sets – perfume/aftershave/make-up etc
  • Arts and Crafts items – notebooks/felt pens/colouring pencils/nice colouring books etc
  • Toiletries – shampoo/conditioner/shower gel/toothpaste/brush (NO razors)
  • Deodorants
  • Hair Products (Pump sprays/gel/wax/bobbles etc – NO aerosols)
  • Games and Cards
  • Tea/Coffee/Sugar/Hot Chocolate
  • Sweets and Chocolates
  • Fluffy Socks/Scarves/Gloves
  • Non-Perishable Foods (Pot Noodle/Cereal Bars etc)
See what young people need all year round

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