So, today is the 21st of December and we’re now on to day 2 of ‘moon child’ Blogmas! With only four sleeps left until Christmas Day, I thought I’d create a post dedicated to giving back to those less fortunate at Christmas time. Here is the ‘moon child’ top 5 simple and relatively cheap ways to be charitable this festive season:
Buy a meal for a homeless person on Christmas Day at Social Bite
Social Bite is a sandwich shop with a difference. Based in Scotland (Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen), Social Bite is a ‘social business’ which means that 100% (every single penny) of their profits go to good causes, and 1 in 4 of the team working at Social Bite are former homeless people. They also feed the local homeless community through the ‘Suspended Coffee and Food’ initiative.
This Christmas, Social Bite will open their doors on Christmas Day to feed the local homeless community and they need help to make sure as many people can get a hot meal and drink on the 25th as possible.
Click this link to donate just £5 to buy a meal for a homeless person or refugee this Christmas – but hurry, you only have hours left to do it! And watch the video below to find out more about how the business works, how it’s changing lives, and how you can help. (You may just spot a certain famous face in the clip, too.)
Buy a present for a needy cat this Christmas using Amazon Wishlist
As well as helping other people, you can also help needy animals this Christmas by paying for a present which will go to a homeless cat at the North Ayrshire Cat Protection. Click this link to go to the Amazon Wishlist page where you can buy anything and everything from cat food pouches, litter scoopers, toys, beds, blankets, climbing frames and more. Even if you can only spare a few pounds, some of the items available are really cheap, and every little helps.
Donate to Dogs Trust
As the saying goes, a dog is for life, not just for Christmas. But, sadly, there will still be many dogs who are homeless or in shelters this holiday season. Dogs Trust have shelters across the UK and do amazing work by rescuing and re-homing dogs. For those without owners this Christmas, you can still help by sending a donation to Dogs Trust by clicking on this link.
Who could resist this face?
Donate items to food banks and/or charity shops
By simply Googling food banks and charity shops in your local area, you can easily find one nearby and donate tinned goods and food items, warm clothes and gifts that you don’t need, in order to make someone else’s Christmas. Most of us tend to over-buy at Christmas and there will always be goods to spare. So, why not donate them to a worthy cause?
What charitable gestures do you do at Christmas? Let me know in the comment section below.