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Frequently Asked Questions

Be Someone's Santa works in partnership with Glasgow Health & Social Care Partnership. The appeal aims to provide Christmas gifts for specifically nominated children and young people who are unlikely to receive anything at Christmas time.

Gifts are provided to some of Glasgow's most vulnerable and disadvantaged children, young people, and families across the South of Glasgow, although in the last two years of our appeal, we have also managed to cover allocations across the East and North of Glasgow too. Many of these children and families simply do not have the resources to offer a Christmas like many of us take for granted; indeed, some have no family around them at all. 

You can register to be allocated a child/young person at https://besomeonessanta.com/. You will be asked to include your name, email, and contact number. Upon successful submission of the registration form, the page will refresh to display a unique 4-digit PIN code (this will also be emailed to you). Please keep a note of this code as you will need it to obtain your allocated child/young person's age and gender. To find your allocated child/young person's details, go to our lookup and input your PIN code and the email address you registered with. Your child/young person's age and gender will be displayed.

IMPORTANT: Once you have retrieved your information, please check the 'received' box so we know you have your child/young person's details.

We aim to allocate within 24-48 hours of registering. To find your allocated child/young person's details, go to our lookup and input your PIN code and the email address you registered with. Your child/young person's age and gender will be displayed.

IMPORTANT: Once you have retrieved your information, please check the 'received' box so we know you have your child/young person's details.

We will be running two drop off events.

Dates:

  • Saturday 20th November
  • Sunday 21st November
  • Saturday 27th November
  • Sunday 28th November

Between 10am and 4pm.

Location:

Skypark, Finnieston, Glasgow (entering via Finnieston Square beside Big Licks - turn left after Big Licks and you'll see a red road and a barrier. Walk up and we're through the barrier on the left hand side).

We also have local area volunteers who may be able to receive your gift or collect from you should you be unable to make the big drop offs. You can find details of who is in your area here.

Sorry, we're unable to guarantee that we will be able to allocate you a preferred age and gender due to the volume of children/young people in need. If you have a preference however, please state this when you register, and we will try our best to accommodate if we can.

Yes, you can select the number of children/young people you wish to buy for from the drop down when you register.

We suggest a budget of no less than £15 per gift. Taking on board feedback from last years appeal, the preferred budget range was between £15-£30 per gift.

We are keen however that we make our appeal affordable so as many people as possible can take part – we would like to reiterate that the suggested minimum is more than sufficient, and every gift is gratefully received. We often have extras donated which we use to top up bags (if needed) to ensure siblings receive similar value of gifts.

We also run a special requests list for families who are in greater need. In these cases, a higher budget would be allocated so if you would like to sign up for a special request you can do so by emailing us at hello@besomeonessanta.com

Unfortunately, we cannot give specifics on every child/young person due to the volume (there will be approx. 2,000 nominations this year). The social work team also need to ensure confidentiality is maintained for these children/young people and families. Please be assured though that we match up gift bag contents to the recipient as best we can. (e.g., if we have a bag that contains a football or art sets, the social workers will give this to a child/young person they know of who has these interests).

Yes, there is a selection of vouchers that are great for our older children and teenagers.
Please note: If you are purchasing a voucher, can we ask that you include the receipt with it as we had issues in the past with cards having no value and the kids having no way to prove it when they went to use it.
These vouchers/gift cards have been popular in the past and are a great way for teenagers to be able to be social with their pals when funds might not usually support this. ❤
  • Kids Choice
  • Teen Choice
  • Greggs / Nandos
  • Cinema (Odeon, Cineworld)
  • Other experiential vouchers (e.g. crazy golf, FlipOut etc.)

We would kindly ask that all gifts are placed in a gift bag with your 4-digit code, age and gender clearly marked. This allows us to ensure your gift goes to the correct team and allows us to do a quick check to ensure safety and appropriateness of the gift. While we're sure nobody would knowingly provide an unsuitable gift, we have in the past had incidents where some items not intended for the recipient have accidentally made their way into the gift.

Note: We appreciate that unwrapping a gift is part of the joy of Christmas, so if you would like to include wrapping paper in your gift bag for the parent/carer to use, that is fine.

While this is a lovely idea, we encourage people who are gifting not to write personal notes from themselves. Feel free to write "from Santa" if it's age appropriate for the child/young person. I know this may feel unfair, but we would prefer to avoid the recipients feeling any embarrassment from receiving a charity gift.

Unfortunately, not. The recipients of Be Someone's Santa are specifically nominated via the Glasgow Health & Social Care Partnership as they meet the criteria for requiring support at Christmas. We cover a wide range of different areas within the appeal and aim to support as many vulnerable children/young people as we can. We would be unable to manage or govern individual nominations from members of the public.