The festive season is all about giving and about others. It’s a time for love and generosity. The joy of giving a gift or filling someone with Christmas spirit. Giving doesn’t only have to apply to your family or friends though, it’s also important to give to those less fortunate than ours. Especially at Christmas time, charities run big campaigns to make sure that their children or sick or elderly or even adults have an incredible Christmas aswell. As it is the season of giving and people tend to be more generous and warm-hearted, it’s a great way to spread a little festive cheer and lend a helping hand. It doesn’t have to be a lot, every little helps and it all makes a difference. Of course, Christmas is very busy time of year but there are many simple ways to help out which require little time or effort, a lot of them can even being undertaken whilst out for your Christmas shop.
CHARITY CHRISTMAS CARDS
You can find these pretty much anywhere you can buy cards and they are identifiable by a sticker on their box. From cheap cards in Poundland to more luxurious cards in M&S, there is a charity Christmas card whatever you budget. A lot of cards are in support of Macmillan, Oxfam and The Salvation Army but if you look around, you’ll see every shop is different and other charities are supported also.
THE BODY SHOP SAVING THE RAINFOREST
The Body Shop ran a successful campaign over the Summer in support of the Vietnam rainforest and have decided to run it again over the festive period supporting Malaysia and Indonesia aswell as Vietnam. Select products are in the WILD campaign and for every item bought, one square metre of rainforest will be saved with their commitment to building bio-bridges to save the natural habitat. It might not seem like much but with the amount of gifts The Body Shop sell over the festive period, it makes a big difference. They even have a personalised body butter which you can purchase from selected stores across the UK.
IKEA LET’S PLAY FOR CHANGE
For every book or toy sold until Christmas Eve, Ikea will donate 1€ projects supporting children’s development, learning, equal participation, sports and play. You might not see it but play is a basic need for children. They need to play to learn, grow and develop whilst learning about themselves and their surroundings. Ikea has partnered with some of the greatest children’s charities to focus of creating safe places for vulnerable children to play. A donation basket is also located at the exit of the store to donate any toys or books to assist the partnership.
TESCO’S NEIGHBOURHOOD FOOD COLLECTION
Keeping charity within the local area, Tesco’s food collections go directly to those in need in close proximity to the area. The food donations go to help people out who struggle to afford the basic essentials and provide them with a more joyful Christmas. The donations go to both struggling families, charities and homeless shelters. Grab an extra tin whilst doing your Christmas shop and help another family out!
THE SALVATION ARMY CHRISTMAS PRESENT APPEAL
The Salvation Army take collections of new toys and gifts for children, families and the elderly. The gifts are then wrapped and distributed to those in need to pop a smile on their face and give them possibly their only gift this Christmas.
I remember every year, taking a shoebox to school full of toys, school supplies and toiletries for a girl or boy in need. I loved making these gift boxes and although there a few schools left which still support the project, many charities are still going with the shoeboxes and sending them the poverty stricken countries.
The largest annual Christmas toy appeal in the UK generated £13 million pounds worth of presents in 2015 and is hoping to beat this record. Many children in the UK are living in poverty and Christmas is a luxury that many families just cannot afford. The campaign provides as many disadvantaged children with gifts as possible.
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