As part of my 12 days of Blogmas, I thought it would be nice to share with you a few of this years online Christmas charity appeals. There are tons of worthy causes out there and its always hard to pick a selection, however, here are a few of my suggestions if you are looking to give a little extra this year. After all Christmas is a time for spreading the love, am I right? Please feel free to share other charities you support in the comments below!
If you haven’t sent your Christmas cards yet, Rethink Mental Illness have a nice little selection of cute cards which you can order online here. Rethink Mental Illness is a charity that believes a better life is possible for the millions of people affected by mental illness. For 40 years they have brought people together to support each other through their services, groups and campaigns. At the moment you can buy 10 Little Penguins Christmas Cards for £2 – so adorable and such a good cause too! Twitter: @Rethink_
When disaster strikes Oxfam’s priority is to start saving lives, then it is to help people come back stronger. They enable people to access clean water to drink and decent sanitation and then to help rebuild communities. This Christmas you can order a life-changing unwrapped gift online, getting to choose from thousands of brilliant gifts including goats, chickens, safe water, and school supplies. Oxfam launched the gift catalog in 2004 and it continues today as it has been such a great success. Click here to view the full range of gifts. Twitter: @oxfamgb
#MincePieMoments is a movement to help fight loneliness at Christmastime. It is a campaign by The Great Get Together inspired by Jo Cox to build closer communities through positive connections by sharing mince pies with each other. To join in all you need is to choose a time between 24-26 December, bake or buy some mince pies, head over to a neighbours or wherever you are sharing mince pies and post your photos on social media using #MincePieMoments. If you don’t like mince pies there are tons of other ways to get involved. Click here to join in! Twitter: @great_together
Samaritan’s Purse UK is a Christian relief and development organisation working in 18 countries across Africa, Eastern Europe and Central Asia. If you don’t have time to fill a shoebox this year to help the appeal, you can choose to do it online. It’s so straighforward and takes no time at all. For £20, you can fill your own shoebox by selecting the age and gender of your child. Then you can add a large toy, three small toys (such as a harmonica, etch-a-sketch and yo-yo) and accessories (such as sunglasses, calculators and hair accessories) and include a personal note to your child. Since 1993 there have been 146 million shoebox gifts and each item can significantly change a child life for the better. Click here to start filling your shoebox! Twitter: @OCC_UK
Present Aid is Christian Aid’s charity gift shop. When you purchase an ethical gift from Present Aid, you will be helping to fund Christian Aid’s vital work to end poverty around the world. You won’t actually receive a duck, or a bicycle or a well, but you will be helping families in countries such as Ethiopia, Haiti, Bangladesh and many more places in need of support. Your money will go towards the seven funds: 1. Agriculture and livestock, 2. Emergency and disaster preparedness, 3. Healthcare, including HIV, 4. Training and education, 5. Water and environment, 6. Basic needs, 7. Climate change. Click here to give a gift that just keeps giving! Twitter: @christian_aid
For £26.08 you could give a homeless person the following: 1. A hot, delicious, nutritious Christmas dinner, 2. Advice on housing, benefits, finances, employment, as well as legal matters, 3. Healthcare, including TB and hepatitis screenings, 4. Dental treatment and eye tests, including glasses, 5. Hairdressing and massage treatments, 6. Learning and skills opportunities, internet cafés and IT workshops, 7. Specialist centres providing safe accommodation to rough sleepers, women and people with dependency issues and 8. PLUS access to Crisis’ year-round services for training and support in the year ahead. The advice and support Crisis offers has helped thousands of people out of homelessness and on to whole new lives already. Click here to make a donation. Twitter: @crisis_uk
These are just a few of the Christmas 2017 Appeals. Feel free to share more great causes in the comments below!