Blogmas Day Eleven | Giving Back At Christmas

Today I thought it would be a great idea to do a post on how we can help others at Christmas. I know I'm not the only one guilty of getting caught up in the excitement of Christmas. Presents, nights out, lots and lots of dinners... it's easy to forget about others. So this year, I want to try and make an effort to give back to the community and help others, and I'm asking for all of you to do the same! Obviously I can't make you do anything, but even a £5 donation to charity will help to make a difference.

1. Shoebox Appeal A lot of different charities carry out shoebox appeals at Christmas. They generally consist of filling a shoebox up with gifts and toiletries, which is then sent to countries such as Belarus to be given to people less fortunate than outselves. You normally can choose who you want your box to be targeted towards or if you want to send a more general box.

2. Donate Money Donating even as little as £5 can make a big difference to somebody's Christmas. This year I'm donating to the Barnardo's Sunday People Appeal, which is an appeal that helps to give children the Christmas they deserve, through providing food and gifts to those less fortunate.

3. Give or help at a food bank There are many ways you can help at a food bank. You can donate food, which is what I will be doing, you can donate money, or you can volunteer. If you google food banks, you'll find one in your area and from there you can contact them to see what they need! My local food bank has a list of what they need most urgently, and also oh what they have lots of, so you know what kind of products to donate.

4. Donate unwanted clothes and toys If you contact local hospitals or shelters, you will find that a lot of them take donations for clothes and toys for the children and adults who are in them. A lot of us have old clothes and toys lieing around that chances are we are just going to throw out, so doesn't it make more sense to donate to those who actually need them?

So there are a few ways to help and give back this Christmas. If you have any other ways to help others this Christmas, then please leave a comment!

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