Christmas isn’t just about pretty decorations, luxury wishlists, and eating oodles of food, but also a time of year where you can share the love and give back. There are so many ways you can help, from volunteering to sending out charity Christmas cards, to buying a Christmas meal for a homeless person, or why not donate a toy to a child in need. Big or small, doing your bit to spread festive cheer makes the world a happier place. So to help you out I thought I would highlight some charitable causes that you can get behind this festive season.
Why not get into the Christmas spirit with F&F’s ‘A Hat With A Heart’ – a novelty chunky knit hat that isn’t just cute, check out my reindeer and large pom pom, but it also helps people facing food poverty with FareShare and The Trussell Trust charities as Tesco will donate £1 for the sale of each Christmas novelty hat. There are also a number of novelty designs to choose from – I do love my reindeer, it’s nose even flashes, but the Christmas pud and tree ones are also adorable, and the snowman and elf would make great stocking fillers.
Charitable Causes – Which One Will You Give To This Christmas?
An estimated 15,000 young people are without a home over Christmas and Centrepoint has launched a festive appeal to raise money. £15 will give a young person a hot meal, warm, safe bed and someone to talk to while £50 will provide someone with clean clothes, a warm, safe bed and essential health checks. Feeling generous, £100 will give a warm, safe bed over Christmas plus the professional support these young people need to turn their lives around.
You can also reserve a place for a homeless person with Crisis this Christmas. £22.29 will reserve one place at a Crisis centre, giving a homeless person three nutritious hot meals including Christmas dinner, the chance to shower and change clothes, have a haircut and get a health check, as well as let them receive expert advice on life-changing issues like housing and employment.
An easy way to give back is to buy an extra toy or gift for The Salvation Army’s Christmas Present Appeal, these presents will then be given out to children, families, older people and homeless people in need this Christmas. Just remember, buy something you would like to receive, it really could make someone’s Christmas. Want to do something more? Why not give £19 so they can put together a Christmas box filled with food for a family in need.
Not everyone finds Christmas the fun and joyful time of the year I do, which is where Samaritans comes and they have an appeal to keep their lines open to help people in need. £4 will help answer one call this Christmas, £10 could keep one of their branches open for 2 hours, £20 will
Have a soft touch for animals? Why not look into sponsoring an animal – there are a lot of charitable causes to choose from – why not sponsor a guide dog to help with their training, it is only £1 a week, or go for something a little more exotic by gifting a loved one a polar bear, a king penguin or a Snow Leopard with the WWF. Or why not buy a £8 festive dinner for an animal spending their Christmas in an RSPCA shelter, I have bought these as stocking fillers, or give £20 to help the RSPCA nurse a cat back to health.
Every little helps, I just thought I would share some charitable causes that could make a difference this Christmas. Sometimes we get so distracted with the shopping, the mountains of food, and the festive cheer that we forget that not everyone is having a great time during the festive season. Share the love and do something special for someone else this Christmas.