I know charity begins at home, but if you have a chance to help others, I recommend doing it – not only because it will make you feel warm inside knowing you have done something for others, but because it’s important in this day and age. Bills are soaring, wages not raising and many are taking a pay cut to ensure that they keep their job. Unfortunately, a lot of people have been hit hard. They have lost their jobs and even their homes, but they still have to find ways and means to provide for their family.
How can you help?
Food banks are popping up all over the place to help in times when most needed. The people going have swallowed their pride for the sake of their family. You can help by popping to your shop and adding a few extra essentials when doing your own shop. Ask family and friends to look in their own cupboards and find things they may be able to spare. I did this last year and took two huge boxes to our local Foodbank. Offer to help out once a week or even once a month. Volunteering your time is a better option, if you yourself are short on money.
Soup kitchens are another great way to help others less fortunate. You can find your local soup kitchen through DO Something. Spending a couple of hours with those who live on the streets or in a bedsit, lonely on a daily basis, makes such a difference to people.
Did you know that most hostels are only open for short periods of time due to lack of funds and volunteers? A hostel that we have been involved with, opens at 10pm and everyone has to be out by 9 am in the morning. They do however provide a warm bed in a single room that gives those in need a little privacy and give people the chance to have a hot shower and meal. A few spare blankets or a clean pillow can help them fight the world the next day.
So please, this Christmas make a difference! A few pounds spent on essentials, an hour or two to help out somewhere – you may really change someone’s Christmas.
The second post of my Blogger Advent Calendar was brought to you by Angie from Cakes Photos Life. Angie lives in Southport with her husband and son. She enjoys cooking, photography and has been supporting local charities and food banks for the last 10 years.