Let's be honest, it's that time of year again.
Every charity, cause and goodwill organisation is asking for help in the run up to Christmas, and here at A Way Out, at first glance, we appear to be no different.
In just a few moments we want to remind you about an exciting opportunity where your Christmas gift to us could be doubled, but let us also tell you why your gift, and your partnership, is so important to us.
You see, a gift given to A Way Out this Christmas is not about giving our service users a wonderful gift. It's not even about Christmas dinners, parties and celebration. It's not about helping people combat the cold or tackling food poverty, although we will be doing all of that, quite literally, with bells on.
Actually, it's not really about this Christmas at all. But it is about the many, many Christmases to come.
This year, it is with great joy that we can report, that three of our female service users will be experiencing a better Christmas than they could ever have imagined a year ago.
This time last year three mums faced the agonising prospect of waking up on Christmas morning without their children.
Removed from their care for many reasons, our project staff have worked tirelessly this year, bolstered by the financial support you have given us throughout the last 12 months, to help these women take hold of their lives.
Through outreach, counselling, therapy and friendship these three beautiful mums, and their precious little ones, will this year be having Christmas together again. Families have been restored because you made a decision to journey with us last year.
And for that, please can we say a massive thank you.
A gift given to A Way Out is not about a quick-fix for Christmas, it's about helping us to commit to people who need us to walk with them over time.
It's about believing that there are children in Teesside whose only Christmas wish is for their mummy, not for Santa,
that there are mums who have faced their fears and battled their addictions to have their children returned; it's about holding up a person's future not branding them by their past, it's about giving them the opportunity of a new year and a new start.
So with that in mind, would you consider partnering with us to see NEXT Christmas look very different for the women, young people and families who we work with?
There's never been a better or more exciting time to give.
On December 5, 6 and 7 any financial gifts given via www.thebiggive.org.uk will be doubled!
That's right, by giving online through The Big Give website, your £5 gift becomes £10, your £100 is worth £200, and even larger gifts of up to £3000 will be doubled too.
This is too good an opportunity for us to miss out on, and we know our faithful friends and supporters will value this chance to see their money go further and more lives impacted.
We would love you to join with us in impacting lives, sharing our message of Love, Hope and Freedom and to make someone's Christmas wish this year, become a reality over the coming months.
Thank you so much.
Stay warm, stay in touch and have a wonderful advent season with your own friends and family.