About Bags of Blessings
We are a charity, local to Nottingham, which distributes donated gifts to deprived young people in the Nottingham area.
We put collection boxes in local schools, churches, and businesses, with the request for small, pocket money toys, stationery, books, or items of confectionery. We then sort the donations into age groups, gift wrap each item and put 4 or 5 gifts into a red cotton bag to be distributed to young people aged 0-16 via food banks, homeless and refugee charities or organisations which support disadvantaged children. We regret that we are unable to help individuals without a referral from one of these agencies, a school, or a church group.
In our first year, 2018, just two months after our inaugural meeting, we collected enough donations to make the Christmas of 335 young people a happier time and 2019 saw us distributing toys and gifts to 810 children and teenagers. Each year we have successfully increased the number of toy sacks we deliver. In 2020 we delivered 1,200 sacks, 2021 we delivered 1,435 sacks and in 2022 we delivered 1,791 toy sacks bringing children across Nottingham a little Christmas joy.
None of this would have been possible without the support of helpers who collected donations and volunteer drivers.
Funding comes from our own fundraising events and support from local councils, plus individual donations and grant-making organisations. We cannot adequately express how grateful we are for all the help we are given.
We have been able to grow so much over the years and now put together Easter packs, Summer Holiday packs and hygiene bags throughout the year with the Bags of Blessings Hygiene Hub launching soon! Watch this space.