An Open Hand is here to provide parents with presents for their children, so that the door can be opened to celebrating their birthday.
An Open Hand aims to provide parents in severe hardship with a present for their child’s birthday, along with books and items for each family to play with together, such as simple games and stationery.
We hope to give more children the opportunity to celebrate their birthday by reducing the financial burden it can place on a family. The present given to each child will be specific to that child’s interests and tastes so that they receive not just a gift, but one that they will really cherish and enjoy.
An Open Hand is a partnership between Edinburgh City Mission and Greenbank Parish Church. Referral agencies from across Edinburgh will apply for families who are eligible. They will be able to indicate on the application form specific toys the child would wish. This will then be delivered to the family along with the other birthday items.
When a child feels their family are celebrating their birthday, they feel special and significant. It is a time when families can show how much they love and care for someone. A time for the family to create positive, happy memories and help strengthen family bonds. Buying presents for a birthday puts a strain on many families, however, and moves them into debt, or is simply not possible and the children go without a birthday present.
How does it work?
Referral agencies across Edinburgh can apply to An Open Hand on behalf of families who are eligible.
They will be able to indicate specific toys the child would like. This will then be delivered, with the other birthday items, to the family’s home, or the family can collect it from Greenbank Parish Church if they prefer.
We are currently running a pilot for the project, but watch this space for more instructions regarding applications.
It would be wonderful to have your support in backing this project to help as many families as we can in our city.
One of the schemes for donations is “My Birthday – Your Present”, where a donation leaves your bank account once a year on your own birthday, meaning that whilst you are celebrating your own birthday, you are also enabling a child in Edinburgh to celebrate their birthday – a double celebration!
You can donate via the Greenbank Parish Church website, or if you would like to join in the ‘My Birthday-Your Present’ scheme, you can set up your Standing Order via:
Account Name: An Open Hand – Greenbank Church
Account Number: 21846864
Sort Code: 80-22-60
Help us to provide life-changing support in Edinburgh.