Give a Little…..

…time, emotional support, unwanted clothing, unloved toys, food, shelter, transport, skills….

During the run up to Christmas it’s easy to be distracted by the tinsel and baubles.

The promise of a few days off school or work, a cosy decorated home, a feast of a Christmas dinner and a tree surrounded by mounds of the latest must have’s wrapped in gaudy paper and bows.

Whether you go all out or prefer a subtle approach, the vast majority of us enjoy the extravagance of celebrating Christmas.

Yet for so many December is a constant reminder of what they’ve lost or never had.

Most people think ‘giving’ means a financial donation, but it doesn’t have to.

There are so many ways you can help others without having to hand over cash.

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We all have those items at home we no longer need or use, or a regular afternoon we’ve struggled to fill, perhaps you have a skill set you’re willing to share, or maybe you’re a good listener and able to lend a shoulder to someone who just needs to talk.

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Giving is a two way ‘street’, however you choose to give, I can guarantee you will get something back.

Whether it’s the happiness effect, making new friends, keeping active or gaining new experiences, you will benefit in some way.

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So if you can, this month especially, do that little extra to help those less fortunate than yourself.

If you are interested in volunteering, below are a few links to get you started

{if you haven’t got the time to spare, pop a few extra items in your shopping basket for the food bank, local toy drive or fill a bag with unwanted items and drop off at  charity store} ~

http://www.volunteernow.co.uk/

http://www.do-it.org.uk/

http://www.reachskills.org.uk/

http://adoptabritishsquaddie.org/

http://www.samaritans.org

http://www.salvationarmy.org.uk/

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8 comments :

  1. Beautiful post and so very true.

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  2. what a beautiful post to share with so many amazing causes. xxx

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  3. I wrote an item on this very theme for an online magazine last week. Every Friday morning I volunteer in a local charity shop. It's good for me, it's good for them and it's good for the customers that love to browse for bargains! :)

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  4. Beautiful sentiments. If it's ok with you, I'd love to include this post in the Britmums Carnival I'm posting on 17th Dec - theme: giving.

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  5. Great post, and an important reminder... particularly at this time of year. #PoCoLo

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  6. What you say about the importance of giving is so true. I'm glad to see more supermarkets having places for depositing food for food banks. There were even staff giving out leaflets about the scheme and explaining it last weekend when I did a big shop.

    Jonathan

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  7. What a lovely post :) I have agreed to help out with an M&S charitable donation. They are sending me £20 to spend in store to help someone. I am buying toys for the children at my local women's refuge. Womens Aid were such a support to me once and its great to be able to give back. Thank you for linking to PoCoLo x

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  8. What a beautiful post and thoughts. I completely agree with you, it is so important to remember the true meaning of giving.
    That is one of the main reasons I insist on doing a clear-out before Christmas and donating everything we don't need / use. I think it is a great lesson for the kids (and for us) of how much things we accumulate over the span of a year, and that giving and helping and donating are so important.
    #PoCoLo

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