Christmas arrives early as Give a Gift opens for online donations

15 November 2021

Give a Gift 2021 opens for online donations today, Monday 15 November.

Now in its sixth year, the award winning Give a Gift gives everyone the opportunity to donate a present to a local child in need for whom Christmas can be a difficult time of year.

From today, you can donate a gift online through either:

  • an Amazon Wish List, where you can go to donate a pre-selected gift or gift card up to Sunday 5 December
  • GoFundMe, where you can go to donate money for a gift or gift card to be bought on your behalf up to Sunday 12 December

Cllr Barry Johnson, Cabinet Member for Children's Services and Education, said: "The generosity of residents and businesses in Thurrock enables us to help Christmas sparkle for those children in need in our borough.

"Last year, we moved the Give a Gift donations process to online only due to the restrictions in place from the pandemic. Following its success, this approach is being taken again this year making it quick and easy to buy a present or make a donation.

"All the gifts and money donated will be used exclusively for Give a Gift presents which will be delivered directly to children and young people in need in Thurrock in time for Christmas day.

"The magic of Christmas is so important and we hope that Give a Gift will once again bring joy to those children who need it most. I hope people will support Give a Gift again for the benefit of our borough’s children."

For more details on how to donate a gift/money or to download a Thank You star for your own tree, go to