Five Ways to Give Back this Christmas

Christmas is the season of giving, right?  It can, however, also be the season where everything becomes a little too hectic and you lose sight of what’s important.  The Brainy One and I have given to charity all year round for all of our married life, but for the last few years we have stepped things up a gear.

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Here are five ways to embrace the season of giving:

  1. Donate money or dry foodstuffs to a food bank.  We donate cash to the food bank where my brother-in-law is a trustee and cooker of Christmas lunch for 50+ homeless people, and we donate a basket of groceries at our local supermarket.
  2. Donate a Christmas gift to a charity local to you or fill a shoe box for Operation Christmas Child.  We are supporting the Metropolitan Police’s Christmas Appeal again this year.  I buy a couple of books for a boy the same age as The Boy Child.
  3. Volunteer at a homeless shelter, although this is sometimes not as easy as it might sound.  Many charities are overwhelmed to the numbers willing to volunteer over the Christmas period and may request financial assistance instead.
  4. Donate a pint of blood.  Supplies often run low over the Christmas period, so maybe consider donating a pint as a Christmas gift to yourself.  I’m donating on December 18th.  British readers can find out more here.
  5. Invite someone you know to Christmas lunch.  By this, I mean invite someone you know outside of your family or immediate friendship group.  An elderly neighbour, perhaps, or someone who doesn’t have a family to spend the festive season with.  Mum and I used to invite someone from her church for Christmas lunch.  It turned out he was great company and he subsequently became a good friend.

5 thoughts on “Five Ways to Give Back this Christmas

  1. All excellent ideas, good for all year ideas. It’s your this generous behaviour that really teaches the children of the family. Since I started to work, every Christmas I, now we, donate to the Salvation Army Christmas Drive, it’s one program that as I kid I knew first hand the generosity of others at Christmas. Through our church we have a few ramped up Christmas programs; adopt a senior; food bank & this year newly introduced a program for some of our indigenous folks in Northern Ontario, winter coats. We really don’t have to look far to see/find need. To quote a great writer “at this festive season of the year, it is more than usually desirable that we should make some slight provisions for poor & destitute”

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  2. Some great ideas here – I always try to remember to buy a couple of extra ‘somethings’ on my weekly shop to give to the food bank. Tesco have an area just outside the checkouts where you can drop things off so it couldn’t be easier. This year Paul also packaged up a winter coat he no longer wears and sent it off to be donated to a homeless charity in London.
    What a shame you had a fruitless trip to the local police station, I hope you found somewhere else to drop your package off that wasn’t too far from home.

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  3. These are great ideas! With the remodeling, I haven’t gotten out to do any volunteering this year, but I have it on my list to do some volunteering next year (as part of my 2019 word, to be revealed soon). 🙂 I haven’t donated blood in some time, so that might be something I can do before the end of the year.


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