Become a Secret Santa this St Nicholas Day, 6th December
On St Nicholas Day, 6th December, Churches in England and across the globe commemorate St Nicholas of Myra – a 4th Century Bishop from Turkey – whose journey from Saint to Santa began with his legend for secret gift giving to those in need.
The Rt. Revd. Arun Arora, Bishop of Kirkstall, has written the Archbishop of York's Advent Book Stick with Love, and the reflection today speaks of St Nicholas, and the generosity of giving secretly to those in need.
As one of the founding trustees of Acts 435, the Rt. Revd. Arun Arora said: “St Nicholas Day is an opportunity to reclaim the more secretive aspect of giving and the invitation for each of us to be a Secret Santa – perhaps through random acts of kindness and giving anonymously to people we know or through organised charities such as Acts 435.
“While still a young man Nicholas became known for his generosity to those in need, for rescuing sailors in the Aegean sea, and his concern for the destitute. His Saints Day is marked across the globe each year in different ways, not least in the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg and northern France, who on 6th December celebrate the festival of Sinter Klass.
“Here in the UK at a time when so many people are in need, Acts 435 puts people who want to help in touch with people who are in need, through a network of churches and local charities. Acts 435 enables virtual, online giving for specific needs. 100% of what is donated via Acts 435 goes directly to those in need. My encouragement to everyone on December 6th, and for this Christmas, is simply: “Be more St Nic!”
In many countries St Nicholas Day is celebrated by filling empty shoes with sweets, nuts and fruit but a gift through Acts 435 can make a bigger difference, helping someone in a crisis or in poverty with a specific item that they so desperately need.
Could you be "more St Nic" and give anonymously today towards the specific need of someone who is in need today?
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£190 needed for a fridge freezer
Our applicant, whose partner left him, had to move as his landlord sold the flat. He arranged to move the white goods on departure, but was let down by the remover and, consequently, the landlord was uncooperative and the white goods were left. Our applicant has obtained a cooker, but is still in need of a fridge freezer, washer and some carpets. He suffers from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and is unlikely to be able to work, although hopes to return to employment. Food and financial advice has been obtained, via Foodbank. Please can you help this man to get a fridge freezer?
This client and her daughter have been moved from temporary accommodation into an unfurnished flat. At the moment they only have one dining chair and mattresses to sleep on, and this situation makes it difficult for the daughter to do her homework. The client has a job as a cleaner, but does not have enough money for furniture. Your donations towards a sofa for them would be very much appreciated.
A is a recently granted refugee who has been in the UK for less than a year. He is actively working to improve his English skills and is committed to finding housing in Leeds. Despite encountering financial limitations, Leeds City Council has denied him housing support. Relying solely on Universal Credit and facing a low income, A is now seeking your compassionate assistance to enable him to afford paying for a deposit. Your support will empower him to begin a fresh chapter of his life.
Our client is a refugee and single mum who has been offered a council property, however, the house is completely unfurnished. She is a dedicated mother who relies on benefits to support herself and her family. Unfortunately, she cannot afford a fridge freezer, which is essential for storing food safely. Your support would enable mum to purchase a fridge freezer, ensuring they can adequately store food and maintain a healthy living environment for their family.
A is a newly granted refugee who has been in the UK for nearly two years, having faced numerous challenges during this time. Despite securing a rental house, it remains unfurnished, and he requires your assistance to purchase a washing machine. A, who relies on Universal Credit, finds it difficult to afford white goods, due to his low income. Your support in this matter would greatly alleviate his financial strain and contribute to his household necessities.
M is a Ukrainian lady who has managed to rent a private rented property with her son. However, being reliant on benefits, they are struggling to afford essential items such as a fridge freezer. The absence of this appliance not only impedes their ability to store food, but also adds an unnecessary burden to their already challenging circumstances. Your assistance holds immense significance for this family, offering practical relief and re-affirming their hope for a brighter future in their new home.
£200 needed for two double wardrobes and chests of drawers
This single mum is starting afresh after a sudden breakdown in marriage. She is suffering from mental health, due to the breakdown, and is desperate for wardrobes and chests of drawers for herself and the children’s room, as they are currently using cardboard boxes. Mum is on a very low income and family members are supporting as much as they can with food and getting mum to mental health appointments. Benefits are not yet in place and the children are not sleeping, due to all the upset. Please can you help?
This lady, who is from eastern Ukraine, came to England two years ago, fleeing from an area of intense bombing. She has been living with a sponsor family, but her time with them has now ended. This lady has been housed in accommodation, but has nothing. There are concrete floors in the accommodation, and she needs financial help for some carpets.
This client is a Ukrainian refugee who has moved to a new house and is struggling to meet the basic needs of her family. One of the issues is the lack of a fridge freezer to store food. As this lady isn't currently employed, saving up for this item has proven to be a daunting task. Due to being a single mum, this client is the primary care giver for her disabled son, and their situation is further compounded by their reliance on benefits as their source of income. Your support would have a significant impact on their lives