Become a #socialmediasanta and give a homeless child a Christmas to remember

12th Dec is the final submission date for gifts.

For the last three years the good people of Twitter have come together to give homeless children across Scotland a Christmas to remember. Shelter Scotland have hundreds of boys and girls – aged from 6 months to 16 years – at their families projects who might not get a present this year. There’s over 4000 kids homeless in Scotland right now.

Us Twitter users can make a real difference to these children, so why not join us as a #SocialMediaSanta. Here’s how:

– Check out this year’s best books for kids, top toys and great games. Lots of which are under a tenner.

– Select an online retailer or support a local toy shop and pick a gift.

– If buying online: Add to Basket, use Shelter’s address at checkout (below) and add a wee message using the ‘gift’ option if available. Shelter Scotland would like to thank you personally for your gift.

– If buying in a local toy shop: Send to Shelter Scotland (address below) or drop it off at their office. Include ‘#socialmediasanta’ and your contact details on the outside of the parcel if possible. Shelter Scotland would like to thank you personally for your gift.

– Voila. You’ve made a kid who might not have otherwise got a present very happy this year.

Here’s the full address for Shelter Scotland, they’ll be distributing presents to the families projects in Glasgow, South Lanarkshire, Dumfries and Dundee:

Social Media Santa, Shelter Scotland, Scotiabank, 6 South Charlotte street, Edinburgh, EH2 4AW

I’m not sending out cheesy corporate gifts this year, instead I’ll be sending a present on behalf of each of my clients. Lets make it a really special Christmas. Help spread the word by sharing this blog post and using the #SocialMediaSanta hashtag across Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Why not take a photo of the gift you bought and use the hashtag!

Give a homeless child a Christmas to remember – become a #SocialMediaSanta

Social media santa

For the last two years the good people of Twitter have rallied together to give homeless children across Scotland a Christmas to remember. Shelter Scotland have hundreds of boys and girls – aged from 6 months to 16 years – at their families projects who might not get a present this year. In total there’s 4754 kids homeless in Scotland right now.

Us Twitter users can make a real difference to these kids, so why not join us as a #SocialMediaSanta. Here’s how:

– Check out some of the best books for children, top toys and great games. Lots of which are under a tenner.

– Select an online retailer or support a local toy shop and pick a gift.

– If buying online: Add to Basket, use Shelter’s address at checkout (below) and add a wee message using the ‘gift’ option if available. Include ‘#SocialMediaSanta’ and your contact details if possible. Shelter Scotland would like to thank you personally for your gift.

– If buying in a local toy shop: Send to Shelter Scotland (address below) or drop it off at their office. Include ‘#socialmediasanta’ and your contact details on the outside of the parcel if possible. Shelter Scotland would like to thank you personally for your gift.

– Voila. You’ve made a kid who might not have otherwise got a present very happy this year.

Here’s the full address for Shelter Scotland, they’ll be distributing presents to the families projects in Glasgow, South Lanarkshire, Dumfries and Dundee:

Shelter Scotland, Scotiabank, 6 South Charlotte street, Edinburgh, EH2 4AW

 

I’ll be sending a toy this week, I’d urge everyone who follows me on twitter to do the same. Lets make it a really special Christmas. Help spread the word by sharing this blog post and using the #SocialMediaSanta hashtag.

Four days left to be a #SocialMediaSanta

There’s just four days left to place your free delivery order with Amazon if you want to make it in time for Christmas. If you pay for delivery you’ve got a wee bit longer.

So it’s time to choose your present, make a homeless kid happy this year and join us as a #socialmediasanta

As you know we’ve decided to ditch corporate gifts this year. Instead we’ve given gifts on behalf of all our clients – making them each a #socialmediasanta.

Us Twitter users can make a real difference this Christmas, why not join us as a #socialmediasanta. Here’s how:

– Check out Amazon’s best selling toys & games. Lots of which are under a tenner. Other online retailers are available.

– Most of the kids are aged 7-12 so pick a gift you think they’d love.

– Add to Basket, use the project’s address at checkout (below) and add a wee message using the ‘gift’ option.

– Voila. You’ve made a kid who might not have otherwise got a present this year very happy.

Here’s the full address for your Amazon orders, if you live nearby you can drop off your present in person:

Shelter Families Project, 66a Victoria St, Blantyre, G72 0BS

The project received 20 presents last year, can we increase that number in 2012? I’ll be sending a toy to the Blantyre project this week, I’d urge everyone who follows me on twitter to do the same. Lets make it a really special Christmas!

You can let your followers know about it using the hashtag #socialmediasanta

 Here’s the top ten gifts Third Sector Lab have given so far on behalf of our clients…

 

Quantity
Price

BrainBox Inventions – Green Board Games

£9.81

You save:£0.19 ( 1%)

 

 

 

 

The Hunger Games Trilogy Classic boxed set – Suzanne Collins; Paperback

£11.99

You save:£11.98 ( 49%)

 

 

 

The LEGO® Ideas Book – Daniel Lipkowitz; Hardcover

£8.50

You save:£8.49 ( 49%)

 

 

 

Medical Carrycase – Peterkin

£8.49

You save:£0.50 ( 5%)

 

 

 

BrainBox World – Brainbox: The World

£8.81

 

 

 

The Creativity Hub Rory’s Story Cubes – The Creativity Hub

£8.19

You save:£1.81 ( 18%)

 

 

 

Charades For Kids Game – Paul Lamond Games

£6.95

You save:£4.00 ( 36%)

 

 

 

Super Stomp Rocket Kit – TKC

£10.43

You save:£1.56 ( 13%)

 

 

 

Tomy Screwball Scramble Game – Tomy

£8.99

You save:£4.00 ( 30%)

 

 

 

Caption It Card Game – John Adams

£11.00

You save:£8.99 ( 44%)

 

 

 

 

Ditch the corporate Christmas gifts this year – become a #socialmediasanta

White_led_christmas_tree

Nobody wants a desk-sized LED Christmas tree with your company logo on it. Do your clients a favour this year and ditch the corporate Christmas gifts. Instead, become a #socialmediasanta and give a homeless child a Christmas to remember. So instead of ordering 50 of those tacky trees give a present to a child on behalf of each of your clients.

That’s exactly what I’m doing this year. If you’re a Third Sector Lab client you’ll each be giving an amazing present to a kid at Shelter Scotland’s Blantyre Families Project. No nasty branded desk calendar for you, I like you to much.

It’s a dead easy concept:

– Pick an online retailer who sells toys.

– Most of the kids are aged 7-12 so pick a gift you think they’d love.

– Add to basket, use the project’s address at checkout (below) and add a wee message.

– Voila. You’ve made a kid who might not have otherwise got a present this year very happy.

Here’s the full address for your orders, if you live nearby you can drop off your present in person:

#SocialMediaSanta, Shelter Families Project, 66a Victoria St, Blantyre, G72 0BS

 

The project received 20 presents last year, can we increase that number in 2012? 

You can let your Twitter followers know about it by sharing this blog post and using the hashtag #socialmediasanta 

 

 

Oi Twitter – Lets all be a #socialmediasanta

Santa

Creative Commons image thanks to Axel Bührmann via Flickr.

Shelter Scotland have lots of kids from homeless families at their South Lanarkshire services who might not get a present this year.

Us Twitter users can make a real difference this Christmas, why not join me as a #socialmediasanta. Here’s how:

– Check out Amazon’s best selling toys & games. Lots of which are under a tenner.

– Most of the kids are aged 7-12 so pick a gift you think they’d love.

– Add to Basket, use the project’s address at checkout (below) and add a wee message.

– Voila. You’ve made a kid who might not have otherwise got a present this year very happy.

Here’s the full address for your Amazon orders, if you live nearby you can drop off your present in person:

Shelter Families Project, 66a Victoria St, Blantyre, G72 0BS

The project received 20 presents last year, can we increase that number in 2012? I’ll be sending a toy to the Blantyre project this week, I’d urge everyone who follows me on twitter to do the same. Lets make it a really special Christmas!

You can let your followers know about it using the hashtag #socialmediasanta

 

Thanks to all the social media santas

Well it seems a fair few of you got in to the Christmas spirit and read my blog post about Shelter Scotland’s Blantyre project. Over 20 gifts were received just in time for Christmas, staff at the service had feared they would not be able to provide a gift for every child.

Linda Dickson, Service Manager at Shelter Scotland’s Support Service South Lanarkshire, said:

“We are overwhelmed by the level of support we have received and it just goes to show the positive impact social media can have. Homelessness can have a devastating effect on children’s lives and Christmas can be a particularly difficult time for them and their families.

On behalf of everyone at Shelter Scotland I would like to send a heartfelt thank you to those who donated a gift and made Christmas Day a very special time for the families and children we work with.”

 

Make 2012 the year your charity gets serious about social media #Scotland

Have a butchers at pages 3 & 4. I’ve helped GCVS put together a digital media training programme for 2012, aided by various #BeGoodBeSocial regulars:

  • Writing for the web – Content strategistic, copywriter and keen cyclist Ann Cook will be hosting this workshop exploring blogs, newsletters, content strategy and more.

 

  • Social media basics – I’ll be hosting this one, you’ll hear from some people making real headway with social media in the Scottish third sector throughout the day.

 

  • Using Twitter and Facebook for your organisation – I’ll be joined by Martin Keane, Social Media Strategist with Third Sector Lab and digital chap for SCIAF for this one.

 

  • Measuring your online success – This workshop will be hosted by Conrad Rossouw of Shelter Scotland. He’ll be giving solid practical advice on how you can measure your impact online.

 

  • Online fundraising – This one will be hosted by Sara Thomas, fundraiser with MND Scotland. She’ll be haring her experiences of using online fundraising tools  within MND Scotland.

 

  • Video for the web – #BeGoodBeSocial video expert Erin Maguire will take workshop attendees through the process of planning, shooting, editing and uploading a video from scratch.

Booking details are included in the PDF above.

Help give a child a Xmas to remember

 

Shelter Scotland have 73 boys and girls – aged from 6 months to 16 years – at their South Lanarkshire services who might not get a present this year.

Does your house have any art supplies no longer being used? Or a Ben 10 action toy needing a new home? Or when Xmas shopping you could maybe pick up something extra to make a child’s Christmas one they’ll never forget.

Donations can be made to the families project at the Blantyre office – in person or via post (why not pay Amazon a wee visit).

I’ll be sending a toy to the Blantyre project this week, I’d urge everyone who follows me on twitter to do the same. Lets make it a really special Christmas.