2022 has been a hard year for many people. For some children in Thurrock, Christmas can be an even more uncertain time.
This year more than ever, children need the sparkle of Christmas.
How you can help
Thurrock's 'Give a Gift' is back for a seventh year. It hopes to give gifts to hundreds of Thurrock children – known to our children's services teams – who may receive few, if any, presents.
We understand this is a difficult time for many but we are asking once again for your generosity to help those children for whom Christmas can be a difficult time of year.
You can donate a gift either by:
- choosing a gift from our online gift list and buying it yourself
- donating a gift at one of our drop-off points around the borough
Buying from our Give a Give list
We've created a special Give a Gift 'Wish List' on the Amazon shopping website. Here you can choose from a list of pre-selected presents or gift cards for children.
When you order an item it's important you select our Give a Gift address for delivery:
#GiveAGift (Kelly Robinson)
(Full address hidden.)
Gift Registry Address
Kelly is our Give a Gift elf who will make sure your gift gets wrapped for Christmas and will bring happiness to a Thurrock child. Donations from our Amazon Wish List will close at midnight, Sunday 4 December.
Donate a gift at one of drop-off points
You can also donate a gift to Give a Gift at one of our drop-off points in the borough until Sunday 4 December.
|Give a Gift drop-off point||Opening hours|
|Reception area, Thurrock Council, Civic Offices, New Road, Grays, RM17 6SL||Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm|
|Grays Police Station, Brooke Road, Grays, RM17 5BX||Monday to Sunday, 9am to 5pm|
|Impulse Leisure, Belhus Park Golf and Country Club, Belhus Park, South Ockendon, RM15 4PX||Monday to Friday, 7am to 10pm
Saturday to Sunday, 8am to 4pm
|Impulse Leisure, Springhouse Road, Corringham, SS17 7NB||Monday to Thursday, 6am to 10pm
Friday, 6am to 9pm
Saturday to Sunday, 8am to 4pm
|Impulse Leisure, Blackshots Lane, Grays, RM16 2JU||Monday to Friday, 6am to 10pm
Saturday, 6am to 5pm
Sunday, 8am to 4pm
|KidEco, Unit 7, Lakeside Shopping Centre, West Thurrock Way, Grays, RM20 2ZP||Thursday 24 November and Friday 25 November only, 10am to 4pm|
Gifts can be of any value, but if you wish to donate a gift card it should have a value of no more than £10.
We need gifts for all ages of children and young people, ranging from 0 to 18 years-old. Teenagers can be the hardest to buy for, so please consider this age range please when thinking about your gifts. A small contribution will make a big difference.
Please bring your donations unwrapped.
Our Give a Gift elves will make sure all presents are wrapped for the children to open. All the gifts you donate will go to Thurrock children and young people in need.
A special Thank You
You can download a special Give a Gift 'Thank You' star and hang it on your Christmas tree. There are 2 types – one you can print in colour, and one that your children can colour in at home.
Support Give a Gift
We are looking for local sponsors and businesses that would kindly like to donate gifts or gift cards. Contact us to find out more.
Could you give the ultimate gift and foster a Thurrock child?
We are looking for new or experienced foster carers to give Thurrock children a safe and loving home – this would be the ultimate gift for any child. Go to our fostering information pages to find out about the great benefits of becoming a Thurrock Foster Carer. You can also phone or email our friendly team.
: 0800 652 1256 (freephone)