So everyone knows how great it is to get presents at Christmas, and eat all the food that only comes out at Christmas time, so by Boxing Day you’re almost rolling around your Living Room looking for just one more Quality Street. It’s amazing being able to set up your new Playstation, or wear your new clothes, or set up your new books, but there are a lot of people out there who don’t get these privileges. As an accompaniment to my previous post, which was my ‘Christmas Wishlist’ of lots of things I want, but I really don’t need, I thought I would put together a list of things you could do to help someone else less fortunate this Christmas, or some charities you could donate to. It’s very easy at Christmas to get caught up in the consumer ideology of it all, but if Christmas really is the season of love and giving, it might be nice to just give a little bit to someone else.
10 Acts of Kindness you could do this Christmas
Give as You Live – is a website where you can sign up and do your Christmas shopping as normal with over 4000 retailers, and that retailer gives a portion of your sale to a charity of your choice. You can donate to whatever is most important to you at the same time as getting something for yourself.
Christmas Smile– is a project that tries to make sure no one goes without in the Telford community, and it’s grown since its inaugaration in 2013 so hopefully could spread to more communities in the UK soon.
Trussell Trust – runs a network of over 400 foodbanks across the UK, and its worth thinking about the people that can’t afford a big Christmas dinner for their families, just a small donation could give them a better Christmas.
Send a Smile with Amazon – Amazon already has a wishlist and registry all set up, so you can buy a gift and have it sent off to people who are in hospital over the holiday season and can’t spend it with their family.
Crisis –is the national charity for homeless people in the UK, and donating just £22.32 could bring someone off the street for Christmas, or you can volunteer at ‘Crisis for Christmas’ events around the country, or help with collections around London, to try and reduce the amount of people without a roof or food this winter.
NSPCC– has a project where you can send a letter from Santa and donate at the same time, to help children who aren’t gifted with such a loving family, or home this Christmas.
Ageuk – many older people struggle with loneliness, which might get even worse at this time of year, with Ageuk you can sign up to befriend an older person in your community, and have visits and phonecalls to give them human contact and someone to talk to. (This can/should be all year round!)
Do it for Charity Santa run – this is one of many such events, this one taking place on 4th December in London’s Victoria Park, and if you sign up in time you can get a place with a specific charity and can fundraise for them. There are loads of these sort of runs though, so it’s worth having a look in your area!
Charities you could donate to
B-eat – similarly with this one, Christmas can be one of the hardest times for people struggling with or recovering from eating disorders, and it’s worth empathising with their struggles.
Unicef– nothing feels better than being warm and comfy in your own home at Christmas, so might be worth a thought towards all the children that have had their home taken away from them in the past few years. You could also donate toSave the Children.
Let me know if there’s any others you think should be on there!