It’s easy to get wrapped in your own family during the festive time of year. You want to get them the perfect gift, provide a good meal and make sure everyone is happy. However, it’s a hard time of year for those less fortunate. This time of year you should try and give as generously as you can – not just to the people you love, but for people in need. It can be something as easy as buying a charity Christmas card, or perhaps ensuring they’ve got a place to have Christmas Dinner.
Being charitable can start with something as simple as buying your Christmas cards. When you buy a special pack from Card Factory, you’ll also be making a donation to three different charities. A pack of twenty only costs a couple of pounds. The NSPCC, Alzheimer’s Society and British Heart Foundation will receive money from every pack bought. As well as spreading some Christmas joy to your loved ones, you’ll be making a difference with people’s lives.
For a lot of people Christmas is about the food, and that goes for your charitable actions, too. There are lots of ways you can be generous with food this Christmas. One thing you could do is donate to a food bank. There are some families who will have to pick between heating and food this Christmas. A parcel from the food bank could go a long way in making them feel looked-after on Christmas Day. You could also buy a homeless person a meal. It can be something as simple as giving them a meal deal, or going that bit further and reserving them a place with Crisis Christmas. You can choose to do whatever you’re comfortable with.
Of course, not all of us have lots of money to spare on Christmas. One of the most valuable gifts we can give someone is our time. If you’re on a tight budget this Christmas you could volunteer at a homeless shelter and help serve up Christmas lunch. Homelessness is on the rise in the UK, and it’s not just over the holidays when they need your help. Charities still need volunteers in February, as much as they do in December. So if you feel like you can’t help in the run up to Christmas, you can still offer your time throughout the year. Generosity is the gift that keeps on giving.
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