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Refuge John Lewis gift list - donate here

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JackThePumpkinKing Tue 06-Nov-12 18:23:33

Re-posting from the Christmas topic, hopefully the thread police won't bite me grin

"Every year, Refuge try to ensure that every woman and child in their refuges receive a minimum of two to three presents each to unwrap on Christmas day. As Refuge say, 'The Christmas gift initiative is vital to ensure that refuges became places of joy on a day that has the potential to very bleak and hard.'
The charity have a gift list at John Lewis for the appeal so it could not be simpler. You can go as small as a counting block for £2.99, to as big as a pair of roller blades for £40. Whatever you pick, you will know that there?s a child in a refuge somewhere who will have a present to open on Christmas morning ? thanks to you.
Surely, this is the best reason to start your Christmas shopping early this year?
Go to and enter list number 522953. ( The gift list has to close on 6th December 2012 so that there is time to get the presents to each of the Refuges )

WelshMaenad Tue 06-Nov-12 23:43:19

One thing you are guaranteed a lot of in refuges is women, though. Its lovely to get things for the kiddies but there are often women in refuge with no family contact, few friends, who will have nothing to open. This year we want to make sure that every single family member gets a gift. A gift box of smellies, nice socks/gloves/hat, even some nice candles or other household type items (many women in refuge will be preparing to move on to an independent tenancy, often starting from scratch re: household goods) would all be fantastic gifts for a woman in crisis.

Y'all can send things to my lovely lovely women if you want. grin

Narked Wed 07-Nov-12 00:45:03

Really glad they're doing this again. Off to pick something nice.

sashh Wed 07-Nov-12 02:44:49

* WelshMaenad*

Last year superdrug were doing some offers on nail varnish and mascara so I had a few delivered to my local shelter (not a refuge one). If you PM me an address I'll send something for your women.

JackThePumpkinKing Wed 07-Nov-12 08:34:39

bump smile

SlightlySuperiorPeasant Wed 07-Nov-12 09:26:54

Fantastic idea. Used and shared. I don't see why JL should have to contribute anything though confused

beginnings Wed 07-Nov-12 09:37:31

Done, and shared. Fabulous idea.

JackThePumpkinKing Wed 07-Nov-12 09:40:29

I got an email back -

"Thank you for taking the time to contact us regarding the below. Unfortunately, we are unable to discuss individual customer matters with anyone, other than that customer and those authorised by them to act on their behalf.

I trust that you will appreciate the need for confidentiality in such matters."

Which makes total sense (and hadn't actually occured to me blush )

HellonHeels Wed 07-Nov-12 10:01:50

Thanks for this. I've bought some gifts and posted about it on FB so hope to have more people contributing.

Lovely idea.

HellonHeels Wed 07-Nov-12 10:02:22

Er posted on FB about the appeal and gift list, not about my contribution I mean...

catgirl1976 Wed 07-Nov-12 10:50:02

Done and gifted

I am going to send this around my work too

JackThePumpkinKing Wed 07-Nov-12 14:08:41

bumping again smile

ukatlast Wed 07-Nov-12 14:16:33

Thanks for the website link. It gave me the confidence to donate last night.

EdithWeston Wed 07-Nov-12 14:25:23

IIRC JL did this last year as well, and did make a donation.

Mandy2003 Wed 07-Nov-12 14:47:05

Can I buy with PayPal from John Lewis list do you know?

Mosman Wed 07-Nov-12 15:00:04

Is it me or is that a rubbish list ?

SlightlySuperiorPeasant Wed 07-Nov-12 16:34:00

Mosman once every unit of an asked-for item has been bought the item disappears. So that's not the complete list.

stinkinseamonkey Wed 07-Nov-12 16:36:16

I think its a good list, there's stuff on there for teens and older children which IMO prob feel the strain more, I think people like to give fluffy teddies but babies don't notice as much, there are however practical baby stuff, and sometimes when you're a new mum its nice to have something new rather than loads of seconds

stinkinseamonkey Wed 07-Nov-12 16:38:56

its been replenished since yesterday so I think that is the list, the full amt of everything is remaining now but when I bought yesterday there was a lot already bought

zukiecat Wed 07-Nov-12 16:43:50

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

babybythesea Wed 07-Nov-12 17:24:22

I didn't know about it.
Now I do, and I have bought something.
I don't ever do christmas cards, instead I donate to a charity. I will do my usual and let everyone who might otherwise receive a card from me that this year I am buying presents from JL for the Refuge thing. That will also spread the word.

ClicksArse Wed 07-Nov-12 19:43:42

And another bump. I didn't know about this but I have just been and bought something and tweeted and Facebooked it. Domestic violence is a subject very close to my heart and I think this is a fabulous idea.

Sarahplane Wed 07-Nov-12 21:53:31

Jack, I got the same email back, word for word. Fair en

Sarahplane Wed 07-Nov-12 22:00:03

*fair enough. I didn't think about that either. Oh well. I hope they do donate anyway even if they can't tell us about it. I wonder if it might actually be better for refuge if people don't think they're getting corporate donations because that might make it seem like they'll be ok without ordinary people donating iyswim?

Sarahplane Wed 07-Nov-12 22:01:45

I found out last night you can also set up monthly direct debit donations and payroll giving through refuges website too if amines interesting in giving regularly.

Mosman Wed 07-Nov-12 22:09:29

I'll have another look but I am not buying iPods or cameras that can be sold on, the toys weren't what I'd consider popular this year and I cannot see £15 hair straighteners lasting tbh

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