Ah, we love Christmas! There’s nothing better than getting your family and friends together to celebrate all things festive and fun! It’s a time for giving – but why not think about ways to give back? Winter is a tough time for those less fortunate than us, so it’s important to consider what can be done to alleviate their stresses. From donating your unworn clothes or being a volunteer – read on to discover 5 ways to give back this Christmas…
1 . D O N A T E Y O U R O L D C L O T H E S
Most schools, homeless shelters, and other non-profit organisations collect items to distribute to places that support the homeless, refugees and many more. Check to see whether a cause close to your heart has a Wishlist. Most times, you can buy items and have them shipped directly to your chosen charity or organisation. Alternatively, bring forward your New Year clear out and donate your unwanted belongings.
2 . B A K E F O R T H E P U B L I C S E R V I C E S
If you’re a baking fan, get your kitchenware out and show off your baking skills. Whip up a batch of cookies, cupcakes, muffins or other yummy treats for the emergency services. The firefighters, police officers, nurses, the public service men and women all work SO hard in our communities, so let them know how much you appreciate them by dropping off delicious treats. Their Christmas celebrations will be a little brighter because of you!
3 . G I V E B L O O D
The NHS believe the best gift you could give this Christmas is blood. With the festive period being busier than ever, it’s always a challenge for hospitals to collect enough blood to meet patients’ needs. Now is a good time as any to donate – visit MyBlood.co.uk to find your nearest blood donor centre!
4 . V O L U N T E E R
Consider volunteering for community service projects such as your local animal shelter, helping out at an event, or reading stories to children in hospital. You could also volunteer to deliver meals to those in need – whatever you choose to do, you’ll be putting a smile on someone’s face!
5 . G O E X T R A T H I S C H R I S T M A S J U M P E R D A Y
The Children’s Christmas Jumper Day is fast approaching, a day which sees everyone from city workers to kids across the country rocking their best festive knitwear to raise money for charity. This year, it’s on 15th December – plenty of time to find a festive knit. Visit ChristmasJumperDay.org to sign up!