In all the hustle and bustle, parties and fabulous food of festive season, it’s so easy to forget just how lucky we are. Now, our lives may not be as perfect as the movies, but chances are you’re doing better than most. It’s extremely important to remember the season is about more than Santa, getting gifts and Christmas movies.
Unfortunately, this year, even more people need our love and support, especially at Christmas. While there are literally hundreds of ways to help all sorts of incredible charities this Christmas, here are some of the ways that A Little Vintage Lady will do to give back during the Christmas season.
Fill a Tram
Luas have once again partnered up with Inner City Helping Homeless for the Christmas Shoe Box Appeal 2017 to help fill a tram full of donations for the homeless. Simply donate your filled shoebox on Thursday, December 14th2017 at Connolly Luas Stop, from 7am to 7pm.
Find out what you can donate here. www.luas.ie/fillaluas
Blanchardstown Centre’s Giving Tree Appeal
Now in its 19th year, Blanchardstown Shopping Centre’s giving tree in aid of SVP is a fantastic and easy way to donate. You simply choose a card from the tree in the centre, buy a gift for the child ‘s age group inside while doing your own shopping and leave it back to the tree along with your card. It couldn’t be easier. By donating a gift you are helping families in need and little ones who may not otherwise receive a gift from Santa on Xmas morning.
Find out more about the giving tree here – www.blanchardstowncentre.ie
Donate Toys to Temple Street
One close to my heart as my wonderful friend Leonie works as a nurse here. Even though Santa doesn’t forget the boys and girls in hospital, sometimes even Santa needs a little help… Choose to donate toys to families, babies & toddlers, bigger boys and girls or teenagers and bring a big smile to someones face.
Find out more at www.templestreet.ie/event/toy-appeal.
Charity Christmas Cards
There are lots of great charities selling Christmas cards with profits going to great causes. Here are some to choose from:
Help a Homeless Child by Buying Gorgeous Irish Design
Fabulous fashionista Angela Scanlon and talented design duo Kate and Justin of Dusty Boy have collaborated and designed a fabulous one-off print where 100% of the profits go to Focus Ireland. By buying this beautiful print, you will be helping to home a child this Christmas.
Get your print here – www.dustyboydesigns.ie/all/thank-you-thank-you-print
Help A Child All Year Long with UNICEF
A few years ago at Christmas, I decided to become a Unicef donor. I make a small donation each month to this incredible charity which I don’t even notice coming out of my account and yet it helps children all over the world, all year long. It’s not a huge amount but come December when I look back on what it has added up to it makes me feel happy to know I have done a little bit of good throughout the year. You too can do it as part of a new Christmas tradition or, do it as part of your New Years resolution. After all, isn’t the magic of Christmas all for the children.
Find out how you can become a donor here – www.unicef.org/take-action
Your Local SVP
Sometimes we need not look far to help a family in need and this year St Vincent De Paul reminds us that Christmas isn’t the same for everyone. That person may even be someone you know. There are two great options for helping out locally, The Giving Tree and the Food Appeal. The idea for both is simple, you are provided with either a name and age group and you buy a Christmas gift or a shopping list of non-perishable festive food items that are then distributed by SVP to families in need
Find out more about The Giving Tree here – www.svp.ie/appeal-2017/giving-tree.
Find out more about Food Appeal here – www.svp.ie/appeal-2017/food-appeal.
A Simple Gesture
Remember, finding ways to give back doesn’t have to be a major production or cost very much. Kindness comes in many different shapes, sizes and forms. If you are unable to donate you can always spread the love by spending time with the elderly, helping them with their Christmas decorations or grocery shopping, sending a simple care package to someone you know will be on their own or someone who can’t make it home for the holidays or by paying for the coffee for the person behind you in the queue in Starbucks. You never know how much it may make someone’s day.
Let’s spread the love this season! If you know someone who’s looking for ways to give back during the holiday season, share this post with them now via email or on Facebook, Twitter, or Instragram.