It’s around this time of year, when the focus is heavily on the preparation for Christmas, that I like to bring people’s thoughts back to those who are less fortunate than themselves. Christmas is known as a jolly season, with time spent overindulging, (food, gifts and spending) with loved ones and having a merry old time, but sadly this isn’t the case for everyone. For some Christmas brings a harsh reminder of the things in life they lack and can pose as a lonely and depressing time. Here are a few ways that you can make a difference this Christmas and give a little something back, after all Christmas is the season of giving.
The most obvious of ways of giving back and supporting a charity you believe in. There are so many charities, both locally and globally that are in desperate need of support, whether it be a one-off or a monthly donation. Some charities don’t even require monetary donations and accept donations of food and utensils though these tend to be more locally based, you can find food drives in your local supermarket. There is a whole range of charities out there that can use your support: Cancer Research, who are carrying out potentially life-saving research to find a cure for cancer; Great Ormond Street Hospital, one of the world’s leading hospitals saving lives and developing new treatments; Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, a shelter that takes in cats and dogs, cares for them and rehomes them with loving families.
Got some time off over Christmas and a little spare time on your hands? Why not get involved in volunteering, there is a whole range of volunteering opportunities for people to get involved with and it’s a great way to meet new people and enhance your skills. Crisis are always looking for volunteers, not just for Christmas but all year round too. They deliver life changing services to the homeless and hope that one day they will help put an end to homelessness. Shelter From The Storm is another London based shelter and they urgently require overnight and late night staff so why not donate your time and sign up?
Hold a charity event:
Friday 12th December is Christmas Jumper Day, why not encourage your work to join in and every member of staff wear their jumper and donate £2, the government is matching every pound donated to Save The Children, who the event is raising money for. You can register your company here and receive a pack with more details about the event. Keep posted for pictures of my effort for Christmas Jumper Day!
A Gift With A Difference:
Instead of asking people to buy you gifts or buying gifts for people why not adopt an animal. WWF have a variety of endangered animals to adopt and the receiver will be sent a cuddly toy of the chosen adopted animal, a magazine three times a year and a fact book, stickers and adoption certificate.
RAOK (Random Acts Of Kindness):
Maybe not one you’ve heard of before but it’s a great way to anonymously or knowingly give back to people around you in your everyday life. Random acts of kindness simply put are just that, a random act of kindness, like leaving money taped to a vending machine for someone to treat themselves, finding out your lollipop ladies favourite hot drink and taking one to her, heck you could even go as far as paying for the table next to you in a restaurant if you’re feeling extra kind. For ideas you can check out the Random Acts Of Kindness website. From the 12th December I’m setting myself a little Christmas giving challenge, 12 Days Of Random Acts Of Kindness (#12daysofRAOK) you can follow me on any of my social media to see what I get up to, on the last day there’ll also be a post going up about how I got on.
These are just a few ideas to get you started, there are so many fantastic ways of giving back this Christmas.Try something a little different this Christmas and give the gift that keeps on giving.
What are your favourite charities? Let me know if you’ll be getting involved in #12daysofROAK till next time Bellas 🙂