Top Ways to Support Others this Christmas
In our eyes, Christmas is about being thoughtful and thinking of others. If you share the same opinion, read on to discover a few ways that you can support those in need…
Reserve a place for a homeless person
Crisis at Christmas 2015 runs from 23–30 December. A donation of £22.29 will provide welcoming support from people who really care, three nutritious hot meals (including Christmas dinner), the chance to shower and change clothes, have a haircut, and a health check. It also includes expert advice on life-changing issues like housing and employment and introduction to Crisis year-round services for training and support for the future.
Send Charity Christmas Cards
Every penny counts. Either buy ones that give a donation or send an e-card and donate the money you would normally spend on cards and postage to your chosen charity. Just make sure you check the back of the pack if you’re sending paper ones so you can see what percentage of proceeds the charity will receive. Personally, I like to buy directly from the charity as there’s no middleman.
Add a charity gift to your wish list
Whether it’s providing safe drinking water for 10 people, buying a sheep or goat for a community, or being able to provide training for a teacher to deliver life changing lessons – there so many charitable gifts to choose from. Here’s a couple to bookmark – Oxfam and Unicef.
Send a personalised letter from Father Christmas to a loved one
The NSPCC’s campaign enables both a child in need and a child you know to benefit. Simply make a donation and create a personalised letter from Santa, which will come straight from the North Pole!
Donate some of your time in volunteering
Do It is a great resource to help match volunteers with need and causes. Simply select what areas you are interested in, what type of work you would want to get involved in and how far you would be happy to travel. Do It will provide a shortlist of organisations looking for voluntary help that you’d like to offer. It can be anything from a couple of hours as a one off, a day or evening, or a regular commitment.