It can be so easy to get wrapped up in the festive season and forget what it is actually all about. With a warm bed, a Christmas lunch to look forward to and presents under the tree, we forget that there are others who are not as fortunate as us.
The festive season is a great time to give back. Everyone deserves a little extra help this time of year. If you do not know where to start, here is how to give back this Christmas.
Help Out At A Soup Kitchen
Most cities have soup kitchens, and they are always looking for volunteers. Those on the streets battle the whole year, but it must be even harder during the festive season. You can do your bit by helping out at a soup kitchen, preparing and serving a hot meal and some comfort to those in need.
You could also get the whole family involved with helping out at a soup kitchen. It would be a great eye opener for kids who need to be made aware of how much they actually do have.
Purchase Charity Christmas Goods
Many charities make Christmas cards and Christmas goods to sell this time of the year. There might also be Christmas wrapping services available for you to make use of. By simply supporting these charities, you are helping organizations who care for those in needs, and you are buying things you would normally for Christmas!
Help Your Neighbour
This is one of the simplest ways to help out at Christmas, but it can make such a difference. Look to your neighbours – if you have elderly neighbours, see if you can help them out. Whether this is doing shopping for them, or simply buying them a gift for Christmas. It might be the start of a wonderful friendship!
Donate Christmas Gifts
Imagine being a child and not having anything under the Christmas tree? This is a reality for many children, and even if you can only provide a gift for one, you will be making a huge difference. Look for charities in your area who organize gift donations for children in need.
Sometimes you can find ways to sponsor a specific child. You make up a hamper for them, including an age-appropriate gift, clothing, toiletries and some school supplies. You are usually able to choose the gender and the age of the child you wish to sponsor.
Most of us have so much clutter at home that we just do not need. Clear all of this out during the festive season, and donate it to a charity in need. The charity might use it to distribute to families in need, or sell the items through a charity shop to make money to support those they help.
Many charities will also come pick up any items from your home, saving you having to pack and drop it off yourself. You could also go shop at these charity shops to support them this festive season – you can usually find some great deals!