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

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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

JenFrankenstein Sun 21-Oct-12 11:34:36

I've only just seen this as I don't use Active Convos but have nominated and now thinking about what to donate.

BigBroomstickBIWI Sun 21-Oct-12 11:49:35

I appreciate that it must take a lot of effort to run the Christmas appeal,[massive understatement emoticon] but you do seem to be closing it very early - and still there are people who haven't seen it. I really think you need to leave this open for a little longer, and definitely put it into 'chat' with a sticky.

TwinkleReturns Sun 21-Oct-12 12:18:23

Ahhh only just seen this HQ! YY to keeping it open a tad longer?

BigBroomstickBIWI Sun 21-Oct-12 12:40:23

See?! wink

RandallPinkFloyd Sun 21-Oct-12 14:48:26

Done and done!

Missed it last year as my head was firmly up my bum at the time blush. In the last 12 months MN has literally changed my life. It's a privilege to be able to give a little something back.

OliviaMumsnet (MNHQ) Sun 21-Oct-12 15:42:38

<awards "I told you so badge" to BIWI>

NormaStanleyFletcher Sun 21-Oct-12 15:52:12

A sticky in aibu as well. The people who browse MN by sticking to that topic really should be given the opportunity to join in imvho ;)

BigBroomstickBIWI Sun 21-Oct-12 16:07:05

Good point, Norma grin

<pins badge on>

cardamomginger Sun 21-Oct-12 16:24:52

Done and done. smile.

SoftKittyWarmKitty Sun 21-Oct-12 17:28:30

Have only just seen this due to the sticky in AIBU - I never even knew MN ran such a scheme! I've got a spare present that I bought for a friend's daughter for Christmas. However, we're no longer swapping presents due to lack of finances but as I'd already bought her present and I don't know any other child it would be suitable for, I'm going to donate it.

No idea who to nominate though. There are a few people who stick out for me but think MN will be inundated with noms for them. Will have a think.

GalenasGhoulies Sun 21-Oct-12 17:49:31

Have nominated and donated. smile

Sparklingbrook Sun 21-Oct-12 18:00:17


NormaStanleyFletcher Sun 21-Oct-12 18:03:53

<demands told you so badge>

catgirl1976 Sun 21-Oct-12 18:11:29

Thanks for this - I'd heard of the MN secret santa but didn't know how it works

I never click on active convos blush

MrsDeVere Sun 21-Oct-12 18:39:07

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

RiaOverTheRainbow Sun 21-Oct-12 18:44:21

Donated smile

FiveFlowers Sun 21-Oct-12 18:46:29

MrsDeVere - I can't do fabulous presents either. But I hope someone will enjoy my little offering.

WineGless Sun 21-Oct-12 18:48:14

Humph where's my I told you so badge?

NormaStanleyFletcher Sun 21-Oct-12 19:15:29

I am now going to spam the board with links to this thread grin

JugglingWithPossibilities Sun 21-Oct-12 19:52:16

Have just been spamed over here by Norma smile ... will now look and see what you're all up to ...

fluffacloud Sun 21-Oct-12 19:57:14

I have donated - a voucher. Do you think that a supermarket voucher is a good idea? It could be used for essentials, Christmas food or toys....

Not sure hmm

catgirl1976 Sun 21-Oct-12 20:08:57

I was wondering that as most supermarkets do toys, xmas food, drink and stuff

But is ir a bit dull for a present or would it be really useful? I

crazynanna Sun 21-Oct-12 20:09:23

Mrs DV......just,for me,having anything to do with you is enough.
You are a legend
If you gave a cotton would be spoken about for a long time!


MrsDeVere Sun 21-Oct-12 20:11:25

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

fluffacloud Sun 21-Oct-12 20:26:03

Catgirl - I think that it will depend on who the voucher is given to?

When I was very young we didn't have much and I know that my DM would have valued a Tesco voucher more than a M&S one, simply because you can buy more with it.

Personally I'd buy as much Galaxy as I could with a Tesco voucher - but that's just me! grin

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