What is it?
Its secret Santa with a twist! The concept is simple, instead of buying a colleague a secret Santa gift, we buy a gift for a child in care instead. My colleagues and I were talking about secret Santa in the office and how it was such a waste of money. We had colleagues in Lithuania some of them volunteered their time after work at a care home over there. We decided that instead of losing the spirit of secret Santa, we would do it differently.
Being part of Illuminet this year has allowed a wider reach of people to speak with about this initiative and now we have more care homes from Ireland and England involved, that means more children will be getting a gift this year! By yourself, it would be difficult to manage the volume of children who need our support but being part of a corporate environment allows more people to get involved and when many people are joined in a common goal like this, magic happens and we can really make a difference to those children in need of a little ray of sunshine!
Why am I doing this?
Most of these children have had really hard histories and just like every other child, they deserve a little treat. It’s through circumstances that are beyond their control that they live in care, and if we can help, then it is my belief that we should help.
How can you be involved?
If you’d like to know more, or get involved in this initiative and become a child’s very own Santa, please reach out to myself, Tina. I will be happy to speak with you about it!
Thank you everyone!
Tina Roberts, Senior Project Manager