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5 Charitable Ways Your Family Can Give Back This Christmas

11 December 2018
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'Tis the season for giving… and giving back. Although many of us will unwrap a stack of presents this Christmas, there are plenty more who won’t be near as fortunate. If you and your loved ones would like to make a positive impact on their lives, read on as we share five charitable ways your family can give back this Christmas.

1. Be A Secret Santa

Know someone going through a difficult time? Why not add some joy to their day and be their very own Secret Santa! This entails surprising them with something special - without telling them who it came from. Maybe they’re overwhelmed with emotional or financial stress, in which case you could settle one of their outstanding debts or deliver a care package to their home or work. Though small, these random acts of kindness can have a big impact and may be remembered for years to come!

2. Buy a Virtual Santa Shoebox

If you’re looking to support a worthy cause, consider the Santa Shoebox Project. This amazing charity aims to donate 115 000 ‘Santa Shoeboxes’ to underprivileged children throughout South Africa and Namibia this December. Drop offs are closed, but you can still purchase a virtual shoebox which includes a toothbrush, facecloth, toothpaste, soap, sweets, toys, educational supplies and clothing – all for only R400. Each box is hand-delivered directly to the beneficiary child, and what makes this charitable act so special is that you will be informed of their name, age and gender.

3. Have a Reverse 12 Days of Christmas

Celebrate the 12 Days of Christmas, but for a good cause! The idea is simple: instead of opening a new gift each day, place one new item into a box every day for 12 days in the lead up to Christmas. Then, on Christmas Eve, donate the box and its contents to those in an orphanage or nursing home, for example. Because these individuals may be feeling extra lonely this time of the year, you could even arrange to spend some time with them when you go to drop off the box.

4. Invite Them Over

Having guests over for a festive feast? Spare a thought for those who don’t have anyone to eat with, such as an elderly widowed neighbour or someone who lives alone. Spread the joy of the season by inviting them to join your family for Christmas lunch or dinner. Alternatively, you could prepare a big batch of sandwiches and hand them out to the homeless or deliver them to a local NGO that helps fight hunger.

5. Donate

Giving back this Christmas is as easy as going through your cupboards and donating any gently worn or used clothes and toys that you no longer have need for. Another option would be to sell these unwanted items and donate the profits to a cash-strapped charity of your choice. Additionally, why not consider saving lives by donating blood this December? One unit of your blood can save a minimum of three lives! Visit www.sanbs.org.za to find your nearest donor centre.

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