Mission Christmas cash for kids
The Jet Centre is very excited to be working alongside Cash for Kids Northern Ireland.
Their mission is about keeping the Christmas dream alive for local children in Northern Ireland who, through no fault of their own, would otherwise wake up to nothing this Christmas.
Almost 1 in 4 children in N.I. are currently living in poverty.
In 2016 13,361 local children were supported thanks to Mission Christmas.
So if you would like to donate any new toys, please leave them into us unwrapped and we will send all toys to Cash for Kids. Closing date for the Jet Centre to receive any toys will be Friday 15th December.
Some real life examples of children who received their only Christmas gifts from Cash for Kids (names have been changed) –
Joanie was left homeless and struggling financially with her 5 children after leaving a violent relationship. When she found out she was going to receive toys, she cried with relief and said it took a massive weight off her shoulders. Joanie was then able to use what money she had for food and household bills. Thanks to Cash for Kids Mission Christmas, Emily, Sarah, Max, Jessica and Nathan were able to have a Happy Christmas.
Jamie suffers from profound disabilities and lives with her mum Tara and siblings Matthew and Kiara. They had to move far away from their family home due to a violent relationship, leaving their family, friends, finances and support networks which meant her mum couldn’t afford gifts this Christmas. Their support worker told us that “only for the gifts received from Cash for Kids Mission Christmas, the family wouldn’t have received any presents this year”.
Jenna is a single parent to Anna, who is 6 years old and Jordan who is 2 after her relationship broke down. Recently, Anna has been diagnosed with autism which has left Jenna struggling to provide for her children. Jenna was facing borrowing money to cover the cost of presents, which would have added to her financial difficulties. After receiving presents from Cash for Kids Mission Christmas, Jenna said she couldn’t wait to share a special day with her children enjoying their gifts from Santa!
Louise is 16 and became the carer in her family after her mum lost her sight and her dad was diagnosed with schizophrenia. Her caring role has meant that finances are very tight and that she is unable to get out or meet friends her own age. The added responsibilities of caring both practically and emotionally for her parents has meant that she finds it hard to express her emotions and is very anxious. Cash for Kids Mission Christmas provided presents for a hamper to surprise Louise. When she received her gifts, she was overwhelmed and had the biggest smile on her face.
Thank you in advance for your generosity.