THANET'S FAMILIES IN NEED - Raising Smiles For Christmas


Our 6th consecutive annual appeal 

Please scroll down for all of this years details and how to nominate someone in Thanet for a special food parcel and/or gift hamper

smiles for Christmas 2013 in Thanet
 Our Raising Smiles for Christmas 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 Campaigns were an amazing success, far more than we ever anticipated helping us to be able to be up donating around Thanet until gone 9pm Christmas eve each year, donating special Christmas food parcels, hampers and gifts in Thanet, not forgetting all the trees and decorations rehomed 

On top of this we have also for past 5 years delivered Christmas presents in various ages, gift wrapped to the children's Rainbow Ward  at the QEQM hospital, Margate with enough for children on Christmas and Boxing Day with 22 beds available.

Thank You Thanet - Christmas 2013 help to Thanet

 Huge thanks to all that participated and all your wonderful donations towards the last 5 years, last year donating over 550 gifts and hampers!!
                                                          Well done Thanet!
We look forward to an even bigger 2017!
 How You Can Help  
Christmas 2017 in Thanet

 Donations for this years appeal have already started coming in

The Raising Smilies for Christmas in Thanet Appeal 2017 is underway.

Below is a list of ways you can help and even get the children involved in helping raise smiles in Thanet for Christams

We are collecting for items we can make up for our 6th year of Christmas nominations for those you feel could do with a special gift young or old with or without family in Thanet.

As of the last two years will also be helping those who right at the last minute still have nothing working up until 9pm the last four chrismas eve's.. .


- Unwanted Trees and decorations 
- Toys for all ages (Please ensure they are CE marked to European standards)
- Toiletries
- Hats, Scarves, Gloves, Slippers ect male/female
- Sweet treats
- Books, games, puzzles
- Gifts for all ages 


Food Items Needed

We will be doing many Thanet Christmas Food Hampers once again as apart of the campaign as per previous years, or as an addition to the Thanet food bank service and are in desperate need of non perishable food, treats and non alcoholic drinks for use in Christmas Food Hampers which again will be going out to people young and old, with or without family.

             No fresh/perishable items allowed please

Items to go alongside standard food parcels of everyday essentials include;

Mince pies
Tinned ham
Christmas pudding
Christmas cake
Box of biscuits
Children’s selection box
Box of chocolate
Large bar chocolate (150\200g)
Snacks and nibbles (e.g. peanuts)
Christmas crackers
UHT milk
Long life fruit juice

*Readers may wish to donate other non perishable Christmas food although we are unable to accept alcohol.

If you have any gifts you may have unwanted that we can use to make up hampers for people of all ages, young and old (services are there for all in need not just families) 
such as toys, books, puzzles, unopened toiletries, unwanted non essentials anything that we can use to make up gifts and hampers then please get in touch.

The Shoe Box Appeal

Another idea is we ask people to fill a Shoebox for someone.
This can be adult or child.
 Our list contains items for all family members and includes items such a shower gel/shampoo, family games, stationary items, gift for mum and dad as well as sweets, soft toys, hats, scarves etc

Due to the number of elderly people that are now being left alone due to their families not around, lack of mobility and cuts in services we have launched the Elderley Shoe Box's.
The boxes are similar however the childrens games and education materials are replaced with a wind up torch, sensory items, candle and holder etc much like how we did for the single adults last year.

       Ideas for filling your Shoebox

Making a Shoebox or Gift bag really does make a dramatic difference to the people who receive them.
  • Please use standard Shoe size shoebox (not boots, etc) available from most shoeshops or Gift bag
  • Decide whether you would like to support the Elderly or children
  • Label your box clearly e.g., Baby / Child 3 - 5 / Teenager / Adult. (Boy / Girl, Male / Female)

Family, Adult and Child Ideas

Personal grooming items - Toothbrushes and toothpaste, Shampoo/shower gel (max 300ml), Safety razors, Plasters, Bar of soap and flannel, Nail clippers/scissors, Brush/comb

Treats - Sweets, Chocolate, Hair accessories, 

Fun stuff - Crayons and felt tips, Colouring books,  Travel-sized games, such as dominoes, draughts and playing cars, Small toys, such as yoyo’s, skipping ropes, bouncy balls, puzzles, balloons,  Teddies/dolls/soft toys (which have CE labels )

School items -  Calculators, stationary ect

Family gifts - Plasters, Small sewing kits, Screwdriver/tape measure, New socks/tights, Gloves/hats/scarves, slippers or any clothing.
Wind up Torch or Radio, Craft/Sewing Kit, Candles & Holders, Screwdrivers/Tape Measures,  toiletries.
Gift sets

ELDERLY - Ideas for filling your Shoeboxes 
 (the contents must be suitable for both sexes to receive ie gender neutral as much as possible)

Personal grooming items - Shampoo/shower gel , Tissues, Handkerchiefs, Small Mirror, , Bars of soap and flannel. Nail clippers/scissors, brush, comb

Fun stuff - Small games, Pens/Paper. Wind up torch/radio, craft sewing kits, playing cards, dominoes etc

Other items - Scarves/Gloves/Hat, slippers, blankets, Candles & Holders, Sweets/Chocolates, Reading Glasses, 
Sensory Items - eg wind chime, lavender bags, a beany item,oil burner etc

Up until the 21st of December only please

These will be going out to cases we work with and nominated people of Thanet helping to raise smiles for another Christmas


We have done our last run to the QEQM and Rainbow Ward with books for all family rooms on all wards as well as more toys for children's a'n'e and the usual toys, baby equipment, plain vests and baby grows and toiletries over to rainbow.and the children's departments.

If you can help at all please get in touch 


Message us on Facebook

- Tell us who the gift/hamper is for, if they need food as well as a gift, any allergies or dislikes, shoe size, clothing size ect ect

- Please think of you neighbours, the elderly, those that are alone that don't have many around them that would be too proud to ask.

Contact us 07472 459457 (no voice mail please)


Keep an eye on our blog for updates on how the appeal is progressing or follow the progress throughout the day via facebook.


From now until after christmas we are going to be non stop and here to help.
Keep up to date on the facebook pages above and keep checking back here for updates too.

If you would like to donate to the organisation, every penny is very appreciated being a non funded, voluntary organisation.
You can donate using the Paypal link below

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