LAST CHANCE! Closes today! MN Christmas appeal 2012 - Nominations and Donations thread

(268 Posts)
RebeccaMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 08-Oct-12 17:18:01

We've all seen the mini chocolate snowmen in the shops and the cries for all Christmas-based threads to be moved out of AIBU to the Christmas topic grin - so that can only mean one thing! It's time for the MN Christmas Appeal.
Little bit of history for those who are new to the whole idea: in the past, Mumsnetters offered to donate gifts to other Mumsnetters in need over Christmas. And you also nominated Mumsnetters to receive these gifts. Each year, a particularly saintly Mumsnetter volunteered to match up the donors with the nominees and organise a mass posting of presents.

Two years ago, we felt the Appeal had grown so large that it was too much for one person to co-ordinate - so we moved it onto the MNHQ to-do list and this will be our third year.

Here's how it works.
You have until Monday 22 October to nominate a fellow MNetter who you think has gone over and above, offered you some lovely advice, might need a little help or someone who is generally an all round luffly person.

You can nominate here

You also have until Monday 22 October to pledge your donation for a fellow MNetter. Vouchers are easier to match but we have had all sorts in the past from Christmas trees to hampers and re-gifted items. Nothing is too small.

You can donate here

We then contact all of those nominated by the 29th October and ask them for their address and age/sex of their DC, this information will need to be back to us by Friday 9 November

Nominees and donors will then be matched and we will send those who donated, their matched nominees address by Friday 23 November so that gifts can be sent well before the final Christmas post. Parcels are addressed to the MNetter of the House (unless otherwise stated) to try to maintain anonymity.

This whole process is anonymous, we do not pass over RL or Talk names.

If you would like to get a gift for someone specific then it is better to arrange it with them directly. As much as we would love to facilitate all of your Christmas wishes, we simply don't have the brain power capacity <flutters spreadsheets>

Donors and nominees are given a number to quote to say thank you to one another following the gifts being sent out.

Any questions about the frankly terribly confusing process, please do ask.

May we be the first to wish you a very Merry Christmas grin

BabylonPI Mon 08-Oct-12 21:19:34

Fabulous idea, I've signed up to donate - have some fab little stocking fillers for DCs!!

Warms me cockles just thinking about little faces lighting up on Christmas Day smile

Ooh, Norma.

Your stuint was before my time, but I have heard you've got mahoosive accolades.

grin

Tres bon.

Sorry RebeccaMumsnet, I thank you for your explanation, you are considerably more clearer than her wot did it last year.

Saltire Mon 08-Oct-12 21:46:36

Do the usual rules about having been on Mn for a certain period of time still apply?

I've donated. I was tempted just send lots of gin to MNHQ but decided not to suck up grin This giving is a wonderful idea, thank you.

Just out of curiosity, MNHQ, how many recipients were there last year?

RebeccaMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 08-Oct-12 21:55:00

everydayaschoolday

*Rebecca/previous participants* if donating toys, should they be wrapped and gift labelled with child's age, or would parents prefer to vet the gifts first and gift wrap themselves for the children? I'm a happy OCD wrapper, but understand if this is not the done thing smile.

It is totally up to you. Some people like to wrap the gifts and put a note in for the parents and others like to send the gift and some stuff to wrap it and others just send a gift.

It is totally up to the individual <helpful>

RebeccaMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 08-Oct-12 21:55:46

ChaosTrulyReigns

Sorry RebeccaMumsnet, I thank you for your explanation, you are considerably more clearer than her wot did it last year.

erm, I did it last year grin

WereTricksPotter Mon 08-Oct-12 21:57:14

First time I've done this. Tis lovely smile

RebeccaMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 08-Oct-12 21:58:41

TodaysAGoodDay

I've donated. I was tempted just send lots of gin to MNHQ but decided not to suck up grin This giving is a wonderful idea, thank you.

Just out of curiosity, MNHQ, how many recipients were there last year?

You say you're NOT sending gin and then you ask a Q! [cheek] grin

A few hundred matches IIRC, more nominations than donations.

I know.

wink

"I will stress that this hasn't happened before, we normally have lots more donations than nominations."

"A few hundred matches IIRC, more nominations than donations."

Um.

Rebecca, you utter tweedle.

<<passes fevertree in bulk >>

Saltire Mon 08-Oct-12 22:04:21

I think rebecca needs that Gin after all

RebeccaMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 08-Oct-12 22:05:51

ChaosTrulyReigns

"I will stress that this hasn't happened before, we normally have lots more donations than nominations."

"A few hundred matches IIRC, more nominations than donations."

Um.

Rebecca, you utter tweedle.

<<passes fevertree in bulk >>

ha ha ha < goes to bed> the first one is right.

MORE DONATIONS THAN NOMINATIONS blush

<sacks self for the second time in as many days>

BigBroomstickBIWI Mon 08-Oct-12 22:07:06

Hah. And you snurked at my log in fail earlier ... grin

Thanks Ar Em.

<cheeky grin>

RebeccaMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 08-Oct-12 22:07:47

BigBroomstickBIWI

Hah. And you snurked at my log in fail earlier ... grin

Karma

Registered to donate. I was nominated last year but never received anything so hope there wasn't a sender waiting for me to thank them sad

I love the MN secret santa it's so lovely

Oh, Custard that is ODD!
I very much suspect a Royal Mail malfunction to blame rather than anything else. How lovely you are that you are going to donate this year anyway. thanks

MrsVamos Mon 08-Oct-12 23:34:58

I have also registered to donate.

The messages always make me cry, and give you such a lovely, warm feeling.

Have only been here a few years but it always makes Christmas feel a bit more special.

Have nominated. smile

InkleWinkle Mon 08-Oct-12 23:58:02

Oh wow it really feels like Christmas now grin

Fizzylemonade Tue 09-Oct-12 06:37:50

Re wrapping the gifts, I previously wrapped them but didn't stick them shut that way they could be checked before they were given.

Love doing this every year.

Nominated and donated

I did giggle at this though.

"considerably clearer than her what did it last year"
"erm I did it last year"
grin

ohh Rebecca I can't pm you on my phone. I put school age donation. Can you add preschool under 5 too.

ThoughtBen10WasBadPokemonOMG Tue 09-Oct-12 07:58:33

Feel all Christmassy now smile

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