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About The Reuse Santa Appeal

It has been a difficult year for all this year, the Reuse Santa appeal has been brought back to help those young people across North Yorkshire who are most in need this Christmas.

Not only will this help make Christmas easier for many families, it also helps the environment by encouraging the ‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle’ initiative – allowing for less waste to be taken to landfill. 

With the help of City of York Council, North Yorkshire County Council and our friends at No Wrong Door, we hope to reduce the amount of young people who will go without a gift this Christmas.

How Can I Help

Step 1

Make sure your toys/books/games are clean, complete and fit for purpose.

Step 2

Next time you’re taking your waste to your nearest York or North Yorkshire Household Waste Recycling Centre, simply bring your pre-loved gifts along too and let the staff know you wish to donate – they will point you in the right direction of where to leave them.

You can find your nearest HWRC here: https://loom.ly/dIcjng0

Step 3

When you arrive at site, talk to one of our friendly team and they will show you, in a socially distanced manner, where to leave your donations.

What Happens Next?

Once donations have been dropped off, they will rest for at least 72 hours before being taken by a designated driver to be inspected, disinfected and delivered to No Wrong Door.

Suitable gifts will then be distributed, via the Children’s Social Care team, to North Yorkshire’s and York’s young people who are most in need.

About the Charity No Wrong Door

No Wrong Door is a new way of providing support to young people who are within or on the edge of the care system across North Yorkshire.

It replaces traditional council-run young peoples’ homes with hubs which combine residential care with fostering. Each hub has a dedicated team which includes:

  • A life coach who is a clinical psychologist.
  • A speech therapist.
  • Two community foster families who work out of the hub and are part of the professional team.
  • Community supported lodging places for 16 and 17-year-olds, again staffed by people who are specially trained and are part of the professional team.


Where’s my nearest Household Waste Recycling Centre and when is it open?
There are 22 sites across North Yorkshire, you can find your nearest site and their opening times by visiting the North Yorkshire County Council website.

Will drop off points be sign posted at the Household Waste Recycling Centres?
No, but one of Yorwaste’s friendly members of staff will be on hand to help, they will usually be at the entrance of each HWRC site ready to meet and greet you. They will show you where to drop off your donation and answer any questions.

Where will my toys/gifts go once I have dropped them off?
The toys will be gifted to young people across York and North Yorkshire who are within, or on the edge of, the care system. The gift will be part of a Christmas family bag, which will include gift wrap, tape and other items to make Christmas a bit easier.

Are there any items that you don’t accept?
We accept any clean, good quality, functioning and complete gifts that are suitable for young people aged between 0 and 18. This could be anything from a book to a snooker table!

Is there a closing date for the Reuse Santa Appeal?
We ask that you bring along your donations before the 12th December, as this is when we will be delivering them to No Wrong Door. However, we will be accepting donations right up until Christmas Eve.

Reuse Santa in the News

If you are a member of the press and would like to interview one of our team or would like more information, please contact our media agency at claire@tailormademedia.co.uk.

Reuse Santa 2019

In 2019, we asked you to donate your unwanted toys, where they were then sold at Martin House Hospice Care for Children and Young People shops across York and North Yorkshire to find them a home where they would be loved again.

Martin House then used the proceeds from the sale of the toys to pay for amazing experiences for children with life-shortening conditions.

Due to the success of the 2019 appeal, we’ve decided to adapt it to suit the current situation in 2020, and further reduce the number of children who will go without a gift at Christmas.

Still struggling with waste over the festive period?

If you’re still struggling to reuse, recycle and sustainably dispose of your waste this Christmas then check out our ultimate guide on how to reduce Christmas waste where we’ve detailed a load of creative cost-effective ways to reduce your waste in an eco-friendly way.