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Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year. It is a chance for family and friends to get together, to make things magical for your kids, and to enjoy the festivities. However, it is also a time of the year where you can give a little back. There are many opportunities for you to perform good deeds and help in different ways during the Christmas period. With that in mind, here are some of the ways that you can give back this Christmas.
How you can give back this Christmas
Collect blankets and coats and give them to the homeless
Organising a chance for you to collect some blankets and coats and give them out to any homeless people in the area is a kind gesture. The weather is particularly grim in December so this could be a great way to give back and help people within the community that need it the most.
Donate to the food bank
It is also a time of year when people struggle to buy food for their families, and food banks need extra donations. So buying a few extra tins in your weekly shop or some Christmas goodies like tins of biscuits or chocolates could put a smile on the face of people who need it the most.
Volunteer in the community
A great way to give back at this time of the year is to volunteer in the local community. It could be that you volunteer at the food bank to help distribute food, or maybe you could work in food kitchens where they feed the homeless. This is a time of the year where many people rely on the community to help them. You could also volunteer to help organise Christmas events and distribute donations where they need to be.
Buy an extra toy and donate it
There are statistics that suggest that there are many children within the UK that are living in poverty and their parents struggle around Christmas time. So there are often many appeals locally that collect donations of toys and other Christmas things so that they can be distributed to families who need them the most. Buying an extra gift and donating it can be a great way to give back and help within the community.
Reverse advent calendar
A great thing to do this December is the reverse advent calendar. This is where you put an item of food in a box each day to be donated. After Christmas, you can donate it to the food bank. If you want people to get the food before Christmas, start the reverse advent calendar in November instead. This means you can donate it on the 1st December in time for Christmas. You could also include some Christmas goodies and treats for children such as advent calendars. The more you donate, the more you can help people within your local area.
Organise a Christmas event
Another thing you could do would be to organise a Christmas event. This could be to raise money for charity or to help people in the community. It might be a Christmas fair or even a Christmas party for local children. It is a lovely way to bring some cheer locally and to give back to the community. Arranging a Santa experience could also be a lovely thing to do as some children might not be able to see him in person.
Help out at your child’s school
Finally, the last thing you can do is to think about helping out at your child’s school. It is also a time of the year where your school might be raising vital funds for charity or to pay for things within the school community. Your school might organise a school disco for the children or even a Christmas fair. Helping out could be as small as selling raffle tickets or manning a stall. But the extra help will be greatly appreciated from the school and it is your chance to give a little back at a busy time of the year.
Many schools or charities create a shoebox appeal. This is where you take a shoebox and fill it with things for children who live in disadvantaged countries. You can fill the box with toiletries like toothbrushes and also add in other things like little toys, pencils, pens, and notebooks. It is a great way to give back and the perfect opportunity to get your children involved.
Hopefully, this has given you plenty of inspiration for some of the ways that you can give back this Christmas.