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

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

Kate
Jolly-Cracker

Please give even just a small amount to help make Christmas a little brighter.

Katrina
Stinky-Cracker

Happy Christmas, Secret Santa recruits! Let's make this a great Christmas for all children.

Andy
Jumping-Elf

This is part of my fiance's Christmas present. Now someone will have a gift because of him!

Clare
Jingly-Sprout

Let's all do this to spread the Christmas magic for ALL children...

Samantha
Dancing-Holly

By giving just a little I hope to make a child’s Christmas that bit more special.

Samantha
Snowy-Boots

Happy Christmas from Edinburgh! 🎅🦌

Robbie

Golden-Elf

Merry Christmas, please give generously to this great charity!

Suzie
Starry-Spring

In the spirit of Christmas, give a teeny bit extra this year. Be the reason a small person smiles!

Sarah
Snowy-Holly

Merry Christmas and a happy new year!

Angelo
Frosty-Boots

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