Huge thank you to all who donated towards our 2023 Christmas Connection appeal!

Toy donations for this appeal are now closed. Any financial donations given throughout the year will be put towards next year's appeal. 

Thanks to your amazing donations (over 4000 toys/gifts were collected), we were able to bring the joy of Christmas to 801 children! 

You can read the full impact of the 2023 Christmas Connection appeal here! 

Since 1996 Derby City Mission has provided Christmas presents for thousands of children who might not otherwise receive any. In 2023, we blessed over 800 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.

It may be that you're unable to get to the shops this year, or perhaps you're unsure of what to buy. So, if you would like to make a financial donation to enable us to buy toys in the age groups where there is most need, please click the Donate button.

This is how one partner has 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...

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.  Please note we are not currently collecting gift donations,

“You do not understand how much difference the gifts for our children made at Christmas. They were so happy. The variety of gifts you gave meant that they lasted for much longer than Christmas Day! They especially loved the art and craft gifts. We cannot thank you enough for your support. We are so grateful to those who donated.” - One of our families had this to say about last year’s campaign

Donate Towards Our Christmas Connection Appeal Today

*If donations exceed what is required for this project and purpose, Derby City Mission has the right to use funds donated as they see fit across its range of other services, projects and support. Thank you so much for your support.