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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

mamapower Tue 09-Oct-12 21:00:03

Done/offered to be a donor. Last year was a real low point for me and I was so lucky to receive a gift. To my nominator and donor I was so very very grateful for the cheer this brought and this year I can put a smile on someone else's face I hope smile

NorksAreMessy Tue 09-Oct-12 21:13:40

For both. Some mums give every last thing to their DC so it is really nice to give them a treat too.
Whatever you would like yourself would be lovely smile

PinkChampagneandStrawberries Tue 09-Oct-12 21:25:30

I hadn't discovered MN last year <slow> but this is such a wonderful idea I will definitely be taking part.

The person I would like to nominate hasn't been around recently (or I have just not seen her) or she has possibly NC'd, hopefully she will be back and get something smile

SomebodySaveMe Tue 09-Oct-12 21:27:29

I'd love to donate. Is there a rough price range for the gift/voucher or is it just what people can afford?

BigBroomstickBIWI Tue 09-Oct-12 21:55:51

It's up to you - what you want to give/what you can afford

SomebodySaveMe Tue 09-Oct-12 22:03:17

Excellent. I'm really looking forward to donating. Seems much better than doing a sodding shoebox!!

WineGless Tue 09-Oct-12 22:13:22

Don't mention the shoe boxes! Corruption &#128545;

This is a special part of Christmas for me. I also joined in donating to refuge last year. There was a link to john Lewis to buy a gift for a child living in dv refuge

I am lucky enough to have food on the table and presents for my children. I want to give a little back to those who aren't so lucky this year

SomebodySaveMe Tue 09-Oct-12 22:19:22

I'm currently miscarrying so distracting myself with finding good Xmas deeds to do.

I wanted to donate last year but we weren't in the position to do so. I now just need to find some way of giving to others for my nursery group to join in with!

NorksAreMessy Tue 09-Oct-12 22:27:58

You are a truly lovely person

Karma knows this thanks

NewNames Tue 09-Oct-12 22:38:27

Yes, can we donate a voucher for a few quid? Or does it need to be substantial, like fifty quid?

NorksAreMessy Tue 09-Oct-12 22:41:03

new the important thing is the love that goes with it, not the amount

WineGless Tue 09-Oct-12 22:41:53

Somebody - didn't want to read and run. Thoughts and prayers with you tonight x

SomebodySaveMe Tue 09-Oct-12 22:45:38

Thank you. I'm holding on to the thought that perhaps it wasn't a viable pregnancy and we can try again when we feel ready.

Is it best to donate vouchers? I imagine they'd be better so that recipients had a choice but does it look like I hadn't put any thought into it? I may possibly be over thinking this donating business!

NorksAreMessy Tue 09-Oct-12 22:52:28

somebody vouchers are BRILLIANT. Or if you would like to then a tiny little present as well would be sweet (nice soap, little jewellery, small toy)
This is really one time where the thought GENUINELY does count.

Slainte Tue 09-Oct-12 23:10:51

WineGless could you post a link to the refuge appeal or pm it to me if this isn't the appropriate thread to post this on. Thanks smile

WineGless Tue 09-Oct-12 23:21:49

Slainte, it's not up and running yet but will post and pm when it is

Slainte Tue 09-Oct-12 23:23:18

Thank you smile

Spockster Tue 09-Oct-12 23:27:34

It's gift list 522953 at

WineGless Tue 09-Oct-12 23:29:07

Thanks Spockster

Spockster Tue 09-Oct-12 23:33:13

Is a plesh <bows>

lisad123 Tue 09-Oct-12 23:45:41

Wow another year nearly already. This always makes me smile, such a wonderful idea smile

SomebodySaveMe Wed 10-Oct-12 07:52:59

Nominated and donated smile

Slainte Wed 10-Oct-12 08:05:22

Thanks Spockster

MOSagain Wed 10-Oct-12 10:57:04

(((*somebody*))) hope you are doing ok this morning x

MNP Wed 10-Oct-12 11:25:11


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