Ten ways to give back this ChristmasChristmas 2015
Christmas is a time to share with loved ones, a time to relax and give thanks. But as we indulge in mince pies and prepare to hang the decorations, many this year will not be celebrating. Spare some time to give back this holiday season and bring joyful tidings to those in need. Don’t know where to start? Our list will give you a sprinkle of inspiration to help you spread some vital Christmas cheer.
Buy charity Christmas cards
Purchase charity Christmas cards for a hassle-free way to give back this winter. Supporting 25 different organisations across 300 pop-up stores, Cards For Good Causes is the largest multi-charity Christmas card organisation in the UK. Visit here to find your closest branch.
Donate your unwanted goods
With over 500 British Heart Foundation shops and even more clothing banks across the UK, donating your belongings is now easier than ever. The charity also offers a free home collection service for smaller items.
Give more than a gift this Christmas
Add an ethical gift to your Christmas list this December. Choose from Traidcraft’s selection of handcrafted and fair trade goodies, or save a life by providing a Syrian child with warm clothing for winter.
Have a festive fundraiser
If you’re looking for a sociable way to give back, then why not throw a festive fundraiser? Get others involved by hosting a Christmas quiz, or try carolling under the stars. If you are stuck for ideas, Macmillan Cancer Support has you covered with a handy A-Z of Christmas fundraising.
Help Crisis offer essential services
With homelessness figures on the rise, help those sleeping rough this Christmas by volunteering for Crisis. The charity are looking for more than 10,000 volunteers to provide a wide range of skills-based activities. From lending an ear to giving IT training, cutting hair to teaching crafts, there is almost certainly an activity to suit you.
Befriend an elderly person with Age UK
No one should be alone at Christmas. One million older people in the UK go a month or more without seeing or speaking to anyone. Volunteer with Age UK to make a real difference and befriend someone who needs you.
Lend a hand at a food bank
With 13 million people in the UK living below the poverty line, the Trussell Trust is committed to supplying a minimum of three days emergency food to those in need. Contact your nearest foodbank to help feed those in crisis this holiday season.
Send a letter from Father Christmas with the NSPCC
The NSPCC are working with Father Christmas to deliver special, personalised Christmas letters to children nationwide. Donate £5 or more to support the charity and add some extra magic to a child’s life this December.
Organise a Christmas Jumper Day
Take part in Save The Children’s annual Christmas Jumper Day on Friday December 18. Don your festive jumper to raise critical funds and awareness for important causes. This year the charity has teamed up with Macmillan Cancer Support and Make-A-Wish UK to transform more lives across the UK and abroad.
Keep refugees safe
For many refugees fleeing war in the Middle East, warm clothing is a luxury they cannot afford. Help the UN Refugee Agency battle the biggest humanitarian crisis of the era by donating whatever you can. Be sure to tick the Gift Aid box to maximise your donation.