Thinking about others at Christmas

A glimpse into my world down here...

Welcome to Blogmas day 8 ladies and gents. Are you feeling festive yet? Our house is looking all twinkly, but unfortunately with all this blustery weather our little tree has had to come inside as it keeps falling over.

With all these festivities it is easy to get caught up with present buying, visiting the in-laws and generally just stuffing your face. That is why in today's post I wanted to share with you a few ways you can give back at this time of year.


 Volunteer with Crisis

Volunteer with Crisis

Volunteer at your local Crisis

Crisis at Christmas is a unique volunteer effort that provides immediate help for homeless people at a critical time of year. By volunteering with Crisis this Christmas you can make a real difference to people experiencing homelessness. Applications are open for London, with other regions opening shortly.


Giving box at intu Derby

To help us fill our giving box just follow these simple steps...

1) Pick up a gift tag from the side of the box (it is located on Level 1 near Debenhams). It will tell you the age of the person to buy for.

2) Hit the shops and pick up a fantastic present that the recipient would love. Attach your tag to the gift - no need to wrap!

3) Bring your gift back here to intu Derby and pop it in the giving box before 17 December. We’ll make sure it gets delivered in time for Christmas morning.


The Salvation Army Christmas Present Appeal

We believe every child deserves a new gift at Christmas so we are unable to take used or second hand items for the Christmas Present Appeal.

  • 0-3 years:  dolls, teddy bears, cot mobiles, baby clothes, bath toys, CDs of suitable music and nursery rhymes, puzzles
  • 3-5: dolls and action figures, cars, lorries, DVDs and CDs (music and nursery rhymes), colouring sets, pencils, crayons, books, puzzles
  • 5-9: educational games & toys, stationery (colouring sets, pencils, crayons, school sets), CDs & family friendly DVDs, books, puzzles, wordsearch, crosswords
  • 9-12: games and toys, stationery, DVDs, books, t-shirts, hair accessories, gloves, scarves, hats
  • 13-16: books, make-up and toiletries (please try to ensure non-allergic ingredients if possible), gloves, scarves, hats, t-shirts, hair accessories and gift vouchers


Donate to a food bank with The Trussell Trust

A typical food parcel includes:

  • Cereal
  • Soup
  • Pasta
  • Rice
  • Pasta sauce
  • Beans
  • Tinned meat
  • Tinned vegetables
  • Tea/coffee
  • Tinned fruit
  • Biscuits

These are just a few ideas, and of course I want to mention that doing something for others is not just for Christmas. I personally have been volunteering as a Brownie leader for over 14 years.

Whatever you do I would love to hear about it, and until tomorrow. Merry Christmas.