For some children, Christmas can be a hard time of year so the Higgins team at King Square Estate in the London Borough of Islington decided to swap the usual Secret Santa and support the charity, Kidsout’s Giving Tree initiative instead.
Each year more than 20,000 children flee domestic abuse to seek sanctuary in refuge. Typically leaving home with only the clothes on their back, these children have experienced physical, emotional and even sexual abuse and arrive at refuge with nothing. In collaboration with Women’s Aid, partner charities and corporate supporters, Kidsout works to remind these children and thousands of others living with disadvantages what it is like to be children and just have fun.
The Giving Tree gives companies like Higgins the opportunity to buy much needed toys for the children in local refuge homes. Children write a tag with their name, age and a gift they would really like and it is then hung on a Giving Tree.
Amy Ross, Head of Social Value at Higgins comments, “We are delighted to support The Giving Tree which is an excellent initiative helping local children who have already suffered hardship in their lives have some Christmas joy. The team took great delight choosing the presents for each child before gift wrapping them and dropping them off at the local collection point.”
The King Square Estate team has also been supporting the King Square Tenants and Residents Association put on their annual Christmas party! As well as donating the Christmas tree and lights in the community park for everyone to enjoy over the festive period, the team provided a Rodeo Reindeer and festive face painters for the residents which was enjoyed by all at the party.