Often, when I think about the commercialisation of Christmas, I step back and reflect on all the people who are worse off than us at this time of the year – particularly the homeless, the poor or sick.
There are a few things that can be done at Christmas to try to redress the balance. Volunteer at a soup kitchen or food bank perhaps, visit the lonely at home or in hospital, donate blood… or give the gift of charity.
There are so many charities out there doing good things for people here and abroad – adults and children – helping them have a better Christmas and a better life.
- Save the Children
Whether you buy a food basket or a football, each Save the Children ‘Wishlist’ gift helps change the lives of children across the world.
UNICEF ‘Inspired Gifts’ are real, life-saving and life-changing supplies that they deliver to children and communities around the world.
Centrepoint is a charity with hostels in London, Bradford and Sunderland, and partnerships all over the UK. They aim to give homeless young people a future and they want to end youth homelessness.
From toiletries to a bed, a gift can help save the life of a homeless young person this Christmas.
- Good Gifts
The Good Gifts Catalogue was born in 2002, a refreshing alternative to conventional unwanted presents. They were guided by 2 commitments: first, that every Good Gift was always wanted. And second when you buy a Good Gift, your money buys the actual gift.
- World Vision
Every one of World Vision’s ‘Must Have Gifts’ is an item specifically requested by communities to create better futures for their children.
Crisis – Buy a gift and help someone who’s homeless this Christmas