The Giving Tree is our annual charitable present-giving endeavour to support children of the St Francis Family Centre in Poplar, East London.
Here’s a bit about the Centre (which is run by the Catholic Children’s Society), to show how valuable this scheme is…
St Francis Family Centre
St Francis is based in Poplar, Tower Hamlets. The area has the highest rate of child poverty in the country, more than double the national average. Many of the families we work with live in crowded and dilapidated accommodation and struggle to afford basic essentials for their children.
The family centre works in partnership with parents to provide outstanding pre-school education, giving disadvantaged children the best possible start in life.
Why this is needed
The most crucial stage in children’s development is their first few years of life. Children from disadvantaged backgrounds frequently begin primary school lagging far behind their more affluent peers.
It is vital that disadvantaged children receive the support they need at an early stage, so they can make a successful transition to school and achieve their full potential.
Presents and Hampers at Christmas complement the services the family centre provides and brings a good dose of Christmas cheer!
How do I take part?
This year, following the success of last year’s collection, we have set up an online Wishlist with Amazon. The advantage of this means that the Centre can receive the gifts directly and we can keep the process covid-secure.
Once on the wishlist page, choose your gift and then click “add to basket”. Once you are happy with your choice, head to the checkout in the usual way.
Important Note: Be careful when you get to the page “Choose your delivery address”. We are sending the gifts directly to the St Francis Centre, so You MUST click on “Other Addresses” and choose the Giving Tree 2021’s Gift Registry Address. See the screenshot below:
Gifts need to be received by the Centre by Friday 10 December, so please order your gift to arrive by then. Thursday 9 December would be the last day for Prime deliveries please!
And finally, a word of thanks, in advance, from those working at the Centre itself:
“Thank you so very much for thinking of us again this year, your unfailing support means the world to us and the families we work with”