Since 1996 Derby City Mission has provided Christmas presents for thousands of children who might not otherwise receive any. In 2019, we blessed over 460 children and relieved the pressure on parents who were struggling financially and in other ways, enabling them to make Christmas a special time for their children.

We are reliant on donations of new toys from churches, businesses, schools and a multitude of individuals to make this happen every year. Each Christmas parcel typically contains two large/main gifts, a book, stocking fillers, a booklet explaining the Good News of the Christmas message, a selection box and, for the younger children, a cuddly toy.

This year Coronavirus is obviously presenting us with additional challenges in getting enough gifts to meet what is expected to be higher than usual demand. If you would like to make a financial donation to enable us to buy toys in the age groups most needed, please click the Donate button.

This is how one partner last year described the impact of Christmas Connection on the families she works with.

‘Some of the circumstances in which the families live are overcrowded and humbling and in many homes there was no visible sign that it was Christmas. The donation of those gifts made all the difference and brought joy and happiness to so many families. Your work is transformative; for each child you give not just the gift of Christmas but the gift of kindness which could change the whole way they see the world'.

Alternatively, if you'd like to choose a gift to donate...

This year we have created an Amazon wish list to make it easier for you to buy a gift. Please make sure gifts are sent to the Gift Registry address so they come directly to our offices. If you order by AmazonSmile and choose 'Derby City Mission' as your Charity of Choice, you may be able to raise extra funds for us when you buy gifts marked Eligible for donation. Visit our Amazon wish List HERE>