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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

RebeccaMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 09-Oct-12 09:11:15


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

I'll PM you now.

BlameItOnTheCuervForHumanBlood Tue 09-Oct-12 10:45:08

Awww, deck the halls with boughs of holly, falalalalaaaa lalalala!

Fairyjen Tue 09-Oct-12 10:59:49

Just nominated. Lovely lovely.

Rather disappointed though had visions of MNHQ dressing a Santa and crawling across roof tops to hand deliver gifts.

That would be more festive you know.

Would it help if we donated the outfits?

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 09-Oct-12 11:40:54

Well if it's gin you want, then I'm the person you need... <checks watch>

I love the MN secret Santa, tis magic, and just let me know if you need highlighters for your spreadsheets Rebecca, I have spares. They even glow in the dark grin

Bluetinkerbell Tue 09-Oct-12 13:10:16

Just nominated as well.
Going through my Christmas early buy bargains now to see if I can donate something this year smile

SummerRain Tue 09-Oct-12 13:13:26

It's lovely to see this still going. I was a recipient the first ever year and quite honestly things were so bad that year we would have had nothing without some kind MNers sending parcels for the kids.

You can't imagine how wonderful a feeling it was smile

I can't participate this year sadly but just wanted to let anyone dithering about donating know... For some recipients this can be the difference between having Christmas or not, for others going through a really shitty time this year for reasons other than financial, getting something can help them feel a bit less overwhelmed and show them that someone out there is thinking of them. I can't stress enough how much of a difference that caring gesture can make to the recipient.

Grockle Tue 09-Oct-12 13:32:18

Oh, how lovely. I remember the first year this happened. I've never received anything but used to donate and I loved it. Even if it was only something small, it was nice to do something for someone & the receivers always seemed so grateful.I wish I could promise to donate this year but I'm not well & face losing my job so time and money are tight. If I manage to make something over the next couple of weeks, I will donate it. I just wanted to say how wonderful this is & how glad I am that it is still going. Well done Mumsnet smile

Gumby Tue 09-Oct-12 13:34:15

have nominated smile

good luck mnhq!!!

MrsVamoOOOOOs Tue 09-Oct-12 13:41:21


<sniffs> Lump in throat.

I have just told my DCs 'we' are doing this this year, as a family, and have offered a donation. It's not much, we are having a pretty tough time but I reckon there are probably quite a few people having a tougher time, so if my small donation goes a tiny way to giving someone a contribution to their Christmas, which they would have gone without, then that's better than an extra present or more treats for us.

MaryAnnSingleton Tue 09-Oct-12 14:21:22

oh I love this - have nominated and am donating !

ScaryBOOAlot Tue 09-Oct-12 14:27:19

I received gift for both DS and myself the year before last, and it made my Christmas. It really did. This is such a wonderful event, and so sums up the spirit of MN.

Thanks for organising again.

MOSagain Tue 09-Oct-12 16:09:25

SR (((hugs))) sniff sniff sniff
NSF I can remember your fabulous DH climbing moutains with his laptop, bless him, he was a complete star.

Have nominated and donating too. This is truly one of the best things about MN.
Weirdly, the people I bought for the last few years have ended up as friends. Small world grin

MummyDoIt Tue 09-Oct-12 17:10:08

So glad this is going ahead again. We were recipients our first Christmas after DH died. The kindness of the wonderful MNetters who thought of us meant so much to me. I love to donate now in the hope that I can give someone else a bit of that warm and fuzzy feeling.

FancyPuffin Tue 09-Oct-12 17:13:25

Have nominated smile

SchrodingersMew Tue 09-Oct-12 17:26:32

Oh, I think I have a few wee gifts that couldn't get used that are still in the box for DS.

I shall have a look and see if I can find them. smile

VoldemortsNipple Tue 09-Oct-12 17:29:52

Donated smile

Kingcyrolophosarus Tue 09-Oct-12 18:21:10

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

Last year, I was nominated, no idea who by or why, and I didn't have anyone to thank, no name or ref
I was truly touched.

And what happens if the person you nominate has namechanged? Can you track them?

5inthebed Tue 09-Oct-12 20:00:19

Have donated and nominated. Bought my gift donation aaaagggeeesss ago specifically for this!

ScaryBOOAlot Tue 09-Oct-12 20:05:43

Can you donate more than one thing? I've never donated before but am in a (slightly) better position this year and would like to. Should I write it all on one donation form?

<stupid questions, sorry>

skyebluesapphire Tue 09-Oct-12 20:09:02

Does this thread get publicised elsewhere on the site? Just wondering how everybody finds out about it if they dont stumble across it like I did.

BigBroomstickBIWI Tue 09-Oct-12 20:16:38

It should be a sticky in Active Convos ...

maillotjaune Tue 09-Oct-12 20:21:40

Are donations just for children or for adults too? Not sure what to give...

ScaryBOOAlot Tue 09-Oct-12 20:29:46

Maillotjaune - if ou go onto the donation option, it asks if its for a DC or MNetter smile

maillotjaune Tue 09-Oct-12 20:38:31


acsec Tue 09-Oct-12 20:44:25

I've offered to be a donor. I loved reading the thank you thread last year and couldn't wait to be a part of this! smile

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