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How you can make a difference this Christmas

For most, the festive season is a magical time of year, full of lots of love, laughter and happiness. But for some Christmas Day is just like any other day.

If you're feeling particularly charitable this year then there are loads of ways you can bring a smile to someone’s face here in the UK or abroad. Whether you make an extra special donation, create a shoe box of goodies, so a child has something to open on Christmas Day or if you volunteer your services to a project; every gesture no matter how big or small will be greatly received.

Here’s a few ways how you can make a difference:


Oxfam Unwrapped allows you to transform the lives of people living in poverty by buying a special gift for someone you love. Choose from a variety of 31 gifts, personalise your gift with a message and give your gift to a friend or family member as a Christmas present. Then your kind gesture goes to where it’s needed most – it’s that simple. You can help someone for as little as £5, by giving them a bar of soap or you can help give care to mums and babies for as little as £16 or provide a child with the start they deserve by giving them an education for £19. A little really does go a long way. If you want to get involved; then head over to Oxfam’s website to make a difference this Christmas.



Good Gift

Good Gift works similarly to Oxfam Unwrapped. You pick a gift from over 300 options, send it to your friend as an alternative Christmas present and your thoughtful gesture helps those who really are in need. The choices of gifts are endless, you can provide a week of hot dinner’s for a pensioner for £10, give a soft blanket to a new-born baby for £7 or provide a water tank for an African School for £500. Check out Good Gift’s website to see how else you can get involved. 

Link to Hope

Join Link to Hope this year in their family and elderly shoebox appeal. They’re challenging you to fill a shoebox full of goodies for a tenner – challenge accepted! From their handy leaflet, you can choose whether you’re going to support a family or an elderly person this year. When you’ve decided who you'll be donating to, fill your shoebox with as many pre-approved gifts as possible, wrap the shoebox in Christmas paper, attach £2 to the outside of the box and deliver your box to your nearest collector. These special boxes will bring a smile to those living in Eastern Europe this Christmas. Fancy giving the shoebox challenge a go head over to Link to Hope’s website.



Pod Volunteer

Fancy getting more involved than just donating some money? Then look no further than Pod Volunteer; you can volunteer your services over the Christmas period for one week to one month. You can become a volunteer as an animal rescuer, a conservationist or you can volunteer your services in child care, education or community development. All of the opportunities are paid for by yourself, however, your costs do cover all of your training, accommodation and in some cases your meals throughout your stay (flights will need to be purchased separately). 

Every little helps; if you can make a gesture, however, big or small you'll bring a smile to someone’s face this Christmas.