Hi everyone! On today’s day of Xmas I thought I’d share with you, some things we should really do! 🎵 I think we can all agree that the moment when we see the reaction on family/friends faces as they open presents bought for them is so beautiful! (Especially when they love what they have received! I mustn’t forget that part! 😂). This moment is (for want of a better word) taken for granted believe it or not even though it is massively appreciated and anticipated as we carefully pick out presents because for many this is non-existent. It doesn’t have to be like this as there are many things that can be done so as to spread festive cheer, letting it surround those who are not as fortunate as we are with love. Here are some ways that we can give back this Christmas!:
Take part in a shoebox appeal! 🎁
Find out if your school, college, workplace or library are taking part in a shoebox appeal for charity in order to send a shoebox of presents to children in areas of poverty where they most probably receive nothing else on Christmas day. Over here in Ireland the charity that does this is Team hope (they have finished collecting for this year but they also accept donations and even have a volunteer scheme. Plus I think it would be a brilliant idea to put together a box or more in preparation for next year!), There may very well be a similar charity in your area too! Be sure to read the rules of your charity in regards to what they do and do not accept as presents (for example: sharp objects or even story books as there will probably be a language barrier) and also label your shoebox if asked so it is known what age group/gender of child the presents are to be sent to as they go to be opened mostly when the children are together in different schools/classrooms. Whilst you visit the various sites also check to see if they have video diaries of previous Christmases showing the children opening the presents if available like Team Hope does!
Give your time to a place that feeds people on Christmas day! If you can’t be there physically then lend cutlery so that there is enough to go around for Christmas dinner and even cook something that can be given to the charity!
Give to a charity for homeless people!
Around this time of year charities take in donations of coats, scarves, hats and other things that will keep people warm throughout the winter (this is also important to remember in other seasons too when in summer they ask for hats and sunglasses to protect people from the sun). A few years ago my sister arranged for everyone in her college to drop off their unwanted coats in a collection box through both word of mouth and posters! She then gathered them all up at the end of the given period of time and handed them over to the charity she was helping. This charity had been set up by a person through social media who is known in our area for helping others (which I is brilliant as it shows that you don’t have to wait for a known charity/government to take notice and can work off of your own initiative!). Another thing that can be done is handing out hot drinks to homeless people so that they can keep warm which is another thing my sister does as well as handing out care packages (I’m the one that gives out sweets 😂).
Buy a Christmas card that donates to a charity!
There are various organizations that can be supported through purchasing these cards (Many are most familiar with the ones you see in Oxfam charity shops but varous ones can be found almost everywhere and so it is much easier to get involved!) This year we have a box of Irish Hospice cards and they are very pretty!
Visit people in your area!
Visit everyone and anyone (of course you don’t have to do this alone, you can go with family/friends too). Visit people you think might be feeling lonely and/or people who could be very good at hiding their loneliness and give them the gift of company (and maybe a little something to break the ice! 😂). Show them that they’re remembered. Visit people who live on their own or even if you can invite them over to spend Christmas day with your family or to join in on an event you plan on going to, do it! A gesture of kindness no matter how big or small it may be is the best kind of gift anyone could receive at any time of the year.
Thank you for reading day 7 of 12 days of Xmas! 🎄 Can you think of more ways to give back this Christmas? Let me know and have a lovely day! 😉❤