Giving back this Christmas time

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Charity is important at any time of the year but it becomes even more so around Christmas, a time for being thankful for what you have and reflecting on the year gone by. This year I decided to put together a list of of charitable causes that are super, super easy to donate too

Disclaimer: I’m not saying chucking money at a cause is the be all and end but in this day and age we are all busy and have stuff on so this list is compiled of things people can donate to on their commute or when they are watching Netflix or are sat on the toilet.

Disclaimer 2: Only donate if you can genuinely afford to do so – Do not put yourself in financial jeopardy in the name of charity. 

Unicef Paddington parcels

Paddington’s parcels look like a good alternative to the shoebox appeal ran by Samaritan’s Purse (I’ve heard some pretty sketchy things about them recently) and it’s even easier because it’s all done online. Fill up your box – There are items like woolly hats, crayons, books and footballs that you can electronically add to your box. You can then choose if you want a thank you card from Paddington himself (which would be great for kids), if you want to up your donation before paying. It seems like a great way to get kids involved with charity, teaching them that Christmas isn’t just about receiving.

The Dog’s Trust Amazon wish list

If you follow the above link you will be taken to a list of Dog’s Trust branches – You can select your local one (or a random one if you so please) and are taken to an Amazon wish list of things that the shelter needs for their canine wards. Alternatively you can ring or email any local animal charity you wish to support and ask them if there is anything that you desperately need.

Choose a charitable gift from Oxfam

Starting at a bargain £5 and going up to a still reasonable £25, the Oxfam gift scheme enables you to support various Oxfam causes – For example the £25 super goat gift helps families by providing them with goats, therefore producing milk and an income (Making A Living project). The £19 education for a child gift supports the Investing in the Future projects, which aims to educate children to give them a better future (it also helps with healthcare and working with governments). For those on a budget the £8 food for a family provides food baskets, the £5 fantastic farm kit provides training for farmers and the £10 safe water for a family of four provides – you guessed it – clean water, a basic human right.

Bloody Good Period stockings

Disclaimer: I saw this one on Lauren Dudley’s twitter so all credit goes to her. Periods are shit. There’s no way around it, they just are. We are lucky that in the UK we have easy access to sanitary products but the sad reality is that not everyone can afford them. Bloody Good Period are an organisation who supply 16 centres in London and Leeds and have ambitions to supply even more places around the UK with sanitary products. This year they are running Festive Period, a scheme where you can donate £8.45, £11.78 or £17.01 (light, medium or heavy) to provide someone affected by period poverty with the sanitary products they so desperately need. You can also donate a smaller or larger amount, or turn it into a monthly donation. Alternatively you can call your local refuge, shelter or food bank and donate sanitary products directly to them.

Donate to the Beauty Banks scheme

There are many ways to donate to beauty bank (you can package up a parcel or visit a drop off point) but the easiest way for those short on time is to visit Easho, where Beauty Bank have got a wish list set up. Select what you wish to donate, check out and BOOM, they deliver to Beauty Bank. Easy peasy. Alternatively you can donate unused, in date products to your local homeless shelter, food bank or charity.

Reserve a place at Crisis for a homeless person

For £26.08 you can reserve a place for a homeless person at a Crisis centre – This gets someone a bed for the night, three hot and nutritious meals,  a chance to freshen up, a health check, addiction and mental health advice and help with housing, employment and benefits. A measly £26.08 gets a homeless person all of that – It’s a no-brainer really isn’t it? I did this one last year and I will definitely be doing it again this year.

Get your Christmas cards from the RSPB

Okay, there are other charities other than the RSPB but I really like their cute selection of nature related cards so they got the title link and shout out. It’s pretty easy to be suckered in by huge, glittery cards that cost £5 a piece (I know because I’m usually one of those people) but the purchase of these cards really do make a difference to the charity you choose to support. You can also buy Christmas cards from Mind, Marie Curie and the WWF to name a few.

I hope that some of you found this useful and please feel free to leave any links in the comments to other worthwhile causes.

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