As we are all fully aware Christmas is a time to not only receive presents but to also give presents to our family. Even though its a very family orientated holiday there are many less fortunate people out there that are unable to have some of those luxuries in life that we so innocently take for granted. Their parents feel a complete different guilt then any other parent, instead of the guilt of not being able to get a toy before it sold out they have the guilt of not even being able to afford a pretty tree or a good set of lights for their children to wake up too.
This is where many town centres come in handy. Now im speaking personally from the shopping centre in my town but this may occur in other places for different towns or maybe you could simply research some places that are looking for donations of presents for the less fortunate. Every year my town has a box next to the big tree they put up, not just for show or to look pretty but to except donations of presents. These presents can be anything you want from hats and gloves to keep them warm or a toy that you no longer need to use but is still in perfect condition, wrapped or unwrapped they dont mind. Every donation is accepted as when you have nothing something really is everything.
I understand some people have the charity starts at home heart about them and dont see why they should bother but a large percentage of people in poverty do not choose that life, their parents try there best but in this world today there is really nothing they can do but ensure their health is ok. They dont ask for presents, long from it but they would appreciate it and i think putting a smile on someones face with the realization that Santa Claus didn’t leave them out this year is enough of a reward you need. That itself should encourage you to find out about the organisations that are looking for help this Christmas.
If you do not have one of these boxes in your town there is a load of sites online that give you information on the things you could do. Such as ‘the shoe box appeal’ which gives not only children but families and elderly people something that will make their day joyful. These families often having to forget Christmas altogether in the struggle of being able to afford a nice meal or just something to eat. Most of these families however struggle with even that, not being able to afford proper running water, electricity or heating. A simple pair of socks could make their day.
The salvation army every year run a Christmas Appeal in the hopes of getting generous donations that they themselves wrap to then distrubute to different places. They have their ages placed into 5 categories.
- 0-3 years: dolls, teddy bears, cot mobiles, baby clothes, bath toys, CDs of suitable music and nursery rhymes, puzzles
- 3-5: dolls and action figures, cars, lorries, DVDs and CDs (music and nursery rhymes), colouring sets, pencils, crayons, books, puzzles
- 5-9: educational games & toys, stationery (colouring sets, pencils, crayons, school sets), CDs & family friendly DVDs, books, puzzles, wordsearch, crosswords
- 9-12: games and toys, stationery, CDs, DVDs, books, T-Shirts, hair accessories, gloves, scarves, hats
- 13-16: CDs, DVDs, books, make-up and toiletries (please try to ensure non-allergic ingredients if possible), gloves, scarves, hats, T-Shirts, hair accessories
Remember they may seem little to us but to someone who has next to nothing they mean everything.
Why not donate this Christmas, im aware money is tight for everyone at the moment but these appeals happen nearly every year helping people around the world have a more tolerable day. We may be struggling but theres people out there that would wish to be in our situation. A colouring book is nothing these days to us but its a huge happiness.
All im asking for if you even start next years christmas and save up until then or are just able to get together a couple of pennies then you could make someones year.
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Have a good day
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