Football shirts are often high on the wishlists of children at Christmastime. But a team strip is far from cheap, with official shirts ranging between £50 and £78 — more if you choose to have a name or number printed on the back.
The 12 Days of Kitmas is a new campaign that is asking for donations of outgrown kid’s football shirts that struggling parents can give to their children this Christmas.
The campaign is spearheaded by Paul Watson, a former international football manager, who realised that football fans across the nation have thousands of shirts hanging in wardrobes that are no longer being worn, because children have grown out of them.
Paul’s campaign, dubbed the 12 Days of Kitmas is encouraging soccer supporters to clear out their wardrobes in the run-up to Christmas and dig out kits that are no longer worn. The shirts can then be donated and distributed to deprived communities in time for the festive season. The only requirement for donating a shirt or full kit is that it should be in good condition and something a child would be proud to wear.
“A football shirt is more than just a symbol of who you support, it’s the uniform of a warm, vibrant community – a chance to be part of something bigger, and that has never been more important in a year that has left a lot of families feeling isolated and disenfranchised,” Paul said.
“All football fans remember what it felt like to don their first shirt and I’d love to bring that magic to more children, particularly at a time like this.”
Big-hearted Paul is taking on the lion’s share of the work himself—and has been driving to homes to collect shirts where possible. Fans who want to donate and share their love of their football clubs can get involved by registering their shirt with the appeal by emailing KitmasAppeal@gmail.com
Even if you don’t have a kit to donate, football fans can also donate funds to the cause—with 100% of proceeds going to the project—by visiting the campaign’s GoFundMe page.