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For me Christmas is a time for my family to enjoy together. Yes presents are involved, and good food, but in recent years Christmas has become about family and togetherness. I can remember years gone by when I would be in tears at Christmas, thinking about my Dad not getting in touch (again) or other sad occasions. Now my Dad has passed away, and my life is happy, I don’t let such things upset me, or Christmas. Christmas is a time for celebration for us and I love to make nice food, give nice presents but also I love to be charitable, especially at Christmas time. Today I want to talk to you about some of the ways that you can be charitable at Christmas time.
Ways to start being charitable at Christmas time
Donate to charity
Now let’s start with the others. You can donate money to charity. Also, you could give your time if you can’t afford to donate money. This could be volunteering at a local charity shop, collecting donations in store for your local food bank or something else. There are lots of ways to help charities so contact the local charity of your choice and ask what they really need.
Collect for the food bank
I recently took part in the UK Money Bloggers Campaign where we did a reverse advent calendar for the food bank. I do collect items for the food bank throughout the year. I’m often being sent samples of products from PRs, subscription boxes and more. There may be items that we don’t use from time to time so I always donate them to the food bank where possible. Donating to the local food bank can help you get that warm feeling inside as you drop your parcel off knowing that it is genuinely going to help someone in need.
Visit relatives and friends
This may not seen like the ultimate way to be charitable at Christmas time but it is a HUGE thing to do. Ever think about your more distant or older relatives? What about single friends? You may have people in your circle of friends who are lonely. Right now. Think about those people who you may have been in touch with less this year. Reach out to them and help ensure that nobody feels lonely this Christmas.
Cut down on gift giving
Again, this is a bit of an unusual one. If you have friends or family that don’t have a lot of money then one way to be charitable at Christmas time is to offer the gift of not giving a gift. Explain that you know money is tight, if you have a strong relationship, or perhaps say that money is tight yourself and you would love to get together instead of spending money on a gift. This can relieve some of the burden of Christmas time from your friends and loved ones. Also, you could do a Secret Santa in your family so everybody just has one person to buy for, and a small budget. This too can help cut back on the expense of Christmas and ensure that people are able to avoid the worry of paying for gifts.
Have you ever given blood? I’m no longer eligible to give blood but a member of my family has donated more than 50 times now! Find out if you are eligible to give blood. Not only can you save someone’s life but you get a drink and a snack too. Win win! When you find yourself in urgent need of blood it likely isn’t even a thought that crosses your mind. Thanks to generous donors throughout the country donating all year round we are able to have blood and plasma transfusions.
I’m looking forward to more opportunities to complete random acts of kindness to finish off my 2017. I’ve had a wonderful year helping others, donating to the food bank and being more friendly and helpful in general. Being charitable at Christmas time seems to be much easier than other times of the year as the Charity campaigns are usually everywhere.
Personally I like to look for charities in my local community. I’ve been donating to my local food bank all year and I’ve got another two boxes ready to go now. I’m also taking in a few children’s toys and Christmas goodies as Christmas is an awful time not to have enough money to eat.
While you’re tucking in to your Christmas dinner this year you could be save in the knowledge that you’ve afforded someone else the luxury of a Christmas dinner too. This year I will be donating via Centrepoint to ensure that young homeless people are able to enjoy a meal and a roof over their heads too.
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