24 Easy Ways to help Charities this Christmas

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We would all love to be able to help charities more wouldn't we but sometimes it isn't that easy or affordable to. Here I share lots of ways you can help charities without breaking the bank!


Whilst doing your usual shopping

Pick up an extra item of food or drink - Whether that be a tin or chopped tomatoes for 29p or a box of chocolates for £5 and donate it to the nearest food bank. Many supermarkets have a donation trolley or box near to the tills, if yours doesn't then maybe suggest that they start?

A Few Pence in a charity box - If you pay by cash would you notice the change going into the charity box by the till instead of in your purse/wallet?

Do you do lots of shopping online? - Whether it be Christmas shopping or just normal every day shopping it could help charity without you spending any more! Signing up to Give as you Live is easy and free. Once you have signed up you do your online shopping through their website biut by visiting your usual places eg Amazon and buying as normal. A percentage of whatever you spend is then given to the charity you chose.

Do you have a pet? - Could you donate a pack of pet food to an animal rescue? Some supermarkets also have these donate points.



Spending less than £1


By posting a photo online - yes it is that simple! A company called Align Technology who specialise in Invisalign treatment to straighten teeth help people have confidence to smile. They are donating $1 to Operation Smile for every public share of a photo of a person's smile on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with the hashtag #5MillionSmiles - for a total donation of up to $1 million. More information here!


For a seriously ill child or their sibling - Postpals is a charity which supports children who have serious or terminal illnesses and as such may not live to adulthood. With a forwarding address online you can read about a child and their family and send a card or letter as you wish to the ill child or their sibling who is often struggling too. Imagine if your parents were often in hospital with your brother or sister so you had to stay with other family or friends often and worried about your brother or sister too. To browse the children supported by Postpals and see where to send a little note or a long letter of your choice go to their website www.postpals.co.uk



Sending a tweet - Marie Curie help families when someone has a terminal illness and have a tree in London. The fairy lights on the tree are powered by people sharing their memories on Twitter and Instagram using #LightUpXmas, shining brighter as more posts are shared. Members of the public have until Sunday 17 December to visit the memory-powered Christmas tree, where they can see the lights in action and also make a contactless donation to Marie Curie. Those who are unable to visit in person can still show their support by posting on Twitter or Instagram using #LightUpXmas. The tree is just a reminder of the work Marie Curie does and helps raise awareness.





Buying their New Items

Honey - You could buy some Bees and Co Honey and for every jar purchased 25p is donated to Brain Tumour Research.

Charity Single - The Brinsley Community Choir have released a Charity Single called Angels with money going to the Broxtowe Women's Project to help victims of domestic abuse. By buying their single it takes minutes but could help someone who needs their support to leave an abusive relationship or to help a child understand relocating due to violence.

Buy something made by a homeless person - The charity Accumulate helps young homeless people who are resident at hostels in London to use their creativity to create products to sell. The charity is also helping some of the young people to then gain scholarships to study art. If you want to see their products for sale click here for their shop.

Buy a Watch - Are you looking to buy someone a watch? How about this gorgeous Guess one from Watchshop.com (pic below) here which is £129 but with 25% going to The Get in Touch Foundation for raising breast cancer awareness to people of all ages.



Buy a Big Issue - Next time you see a big issue seller could you spare the money to buy one? Remember these are people working to try and earn some money and supported to do this.

Buy a Print - These prints help raise money for Peace Direct

Buy some Coffee - Change please coffee is a great idea where they train and help homeless people to have a living wage and integrate back into society. It sounds like a great idea as so many people who are homeless want help to work etc not a hand out.

Buy a Candle - These Candles help raise money for Child Poverty Action.

Buy a wreath - Make a wish charity along with Floom have launched a range of gorgeous wreaths for Christmas and you could help make a child with a serious illness's wish come true at the same time as they donate a bit to the foundation too. Pop and have a look at their range (like the photo below) here.


Buying an Extra Gift

For a seriously ill child or their sibling - Postpals is a charity which supports children who have serious or terminal illnesses and as such may not live to adulthood. With a forwarding address online you can read about a child and their family and send a gift as big or small as you wish to the ill child or their sibling who is often struggling too. Imagine if your parents were often in hospital with your brother or sister so you had to stay with other family or friends often and worried about your brother or sister too. To browse the children supported by Postpals and see where to send an item of your choice go to their website www.postpals.co.uk

For Refugees - The Choose Love pop up shop in Soho, London is a unique store where you can buy to donate items for refugees coming to the UK with items from £4.99 that they need this is a different way to help someone else.


Donating something you own

Have a bit of a clearout - sort through old clothes or toys and donate them to a charity to sell. What is not worth anything to you could make all the difference to them.

Donate a Coat - Do you have an old coat that is perfectly usable but you no longer wear it? Care for Calais' goal is to provide each of the 3,000 refugees currently freezing in Northern France with a warm coat this winter. If you have a warm winter coat that you no longer use, then it is really easy. Take a picture of yourself has up this coat and post it on social media with a message such as:...
“Show you @Care4Calais by donating a coat to a refugee this winter. Here’s my #Coat4Calais”. Then donate your coat at their nearest donation point – see: https://goo.gl/ULD9dG.  If you can’t give a coat, simply visit https://goo.gl/scNsbD and buy a coat for a refugee for £25.







Sparing your time

Could you volunteer in a charity shop? - I have a friend who volunteers at a local Cancer Research UK shop and really enjoys it. If that is something that interests you then here is the link to find out more about volunteering for Cancer Research UK or pop into your local shop whichever charity it is for.

Become a trustee for a charity - There has been some research by The Charity Commision that says not many people under 30 are becoming charity trustees, Cause4 is an organisation that helps charities to grow and say that there are so many skills young people have they could bring to a charity and not only that but it looks great on your CV too so worth a thought. 

Help a charity obtain funding - It doesn't have to cost you anything to help a charity to get funding, keep an eye out for companies offering funding to charities and pass this information on to small charities who often concentrate so much on more direct work they miss this kind of thing. One thing you can also tell them about is the Weston Charity Awards which could secure them some funding and support if they win.

Collect for a food bank - Tesco recently had a weekend where they had people in the entrance to every store asking people to donate items with a list of the most needed items from their local food banks. If you have time and could gather some friends you could do similar (with the supermarkets permission of course) or maybe just pop around the local area asking neighbours to donate and then taking the items to the nearest food bank?


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