Christmas can be one of the most joyous times of the year. But unfortunately for many people it can also be one of the toughest.
Giving back at Christmas is an incredibly valuable thing to do. However, it can also be a difficult thing to enact, particularly when financial funding is not an option. There are still plenty of worthwhile ways of giving back during the Christmas period (and all year around!) so why not try one of these suggestions!
Share your virtual support of fundraisers
If you know of any particular campaigns or fundraisers then consider sharing the social media posts or information. We might not be able to fund-raise from the busy city streets but the message can still be spread loud and clear online. It may not be possible for you to make a donation but sharing the post could display it to someone who can donate.
Charity starts at home
You may have heard the phrase “charity starts at home” and it’s undeniably true. This does not have to be charity in the traditional sense. Instead think of it as “giving back” and providing support.
There are many ways to give back to those in your local area. This could involve supporting local businesses with your trade, checking in on elderly and vulnerable neighbours or simply offering a helping hand or ear.
Support when you spend
A handy way to donate to charity without pressuring yourself financially is to incorporate your donations within your already planned expenditure. If you are spending money on Christmas cards or festive purchases then make an effort to choose items that will support those in need.
Choose charity shops
Like most retail, charity shops have suffered from prolonged closures due to the pandemic. Now, that they are back open they require our support more than ever. If it is financially viable then you could purchase some fantastic finds from charity shops. However, donations of items are also important. I
f you fancy giving your wardrobe a winter clear out then set aside a bag to go to charity. Alternatively, while we traditionally associate charity shop donations with clothes, many of them accept other items too so be sure to check out their lists of desired items. It’s also important to check if their are any current protocols or restrictions in place due to COVID-19 and to abide by these accordingly.
Make deliberate donations
Your school, local organisation or supermarket may be having a food collection drive. Often these donation boxes become overloaded with tinned food from the back of cupboards. While they may be long lasting, forty tins of baked beans can be limiting. If possible, try to choose another non-perishable item.
Shops like Dealz are great options for picking up a wide variety of good quality food products at reasonable prices.
Do you have any advice for giving back during the festive season?