Last Christmas, an amazing 9,307 of you signed up to be a Secret Santa for a vulnerable child in the UK.

Watch our messages of thanks from children, young people and our staff

Thank you for making a difference

Thank you for being a Secret Santa with Action for Children this Christmas. With your help, we were able to give more children hot meals and presents when they would otherwise go without. You made sure homeless teenagers had a safe place to sleep, and young carers got a much-needed break

Secret Santa facts

This Christmas, our Santas…

  • gave young carers a much-needed break
  • bought toys and books for children who would otherwise get no presents
  • paid for a child to have a hot meal
  • provided a safe place for a young homeless teenage over Christmas.
  • attracted the attention of celebrities like Neil Morrissey, Anthea Turner and Larry Lamb.
  • got noticed in 170 pieces of media coverage across the UK.

Where your money goes

For some families, Christmas means choosing between having something to eat and affording a gift for their child. Support worker Sian talks about the difference your donations make.

The secret is out...

Each of our Santas is represented by a light on our heatmap. See how the word spread all over the UK.

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Secret Santas

Letters from Santa

Read messages left by our Secret Santas.

Secret santa letter

Christmas is a time for giving and thinking of others.

Heather
Happy-Pixie

Let's make Christmas a happy time for as many children as possible!

Vicki
Golden-Sprout

Happy Christmas, everyone. Let's hope that 2019 is a loving, caring, healthy one for us all.

Katie
Glowing-Pants

Just think of all those children who will experience a bit of festive joy because of you!

Toni
Jolly-Sprout

A simple thing to do that could mean so much to a child in need this Christmas.

Karon
Starry-Comet

Christmas is a time for love. Let your love shine to light up the lives of those who so badly need it.

Michele
Skating-Elf

The thought of a child not having a hot meal or present at Christmas made me realise how much I have.

Samantha
Jolly-Comet

A great cause - every child deserves to feel safe and warm, especially at Christmas.

Kate
Jolly-Cracker

It's heartbreaking to know children will go without love or attention this Christmas - please join me in donating, to give them something to smile about.

Gem
Jingly-Eggnog

Help a less fortunate child share the joy of Christmas this year.

Bridget

Festive-Pud

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