Christmas comes but once and year and when it comes it brings good cheer, or so the saying goes. There is usually a saying for most things and that goes for charity too; remember some say " charity begins at home" and "there is no fool like an old fool."
Charity at Christmas
If you are homeless, jobless or living through a tough financial, mental and or physical time Christmas may not bring any cheer but instead be a nightmare.
At Christmas time many people give generously to help others, and many of those giving are far from rich.
Be it a shoe box full of gifts doe deserving children locally or abroad or a donation to an established charity there is never a shortage of needy people.
Take care and always ensure that any donations of money, second-hand goods or gifts do not end up in the hands of scammers.
However do not be deterred from giving just because there are unscrupulous people trying to get at your money and possessions this Christmas time. What you must do is research before you gift.
Avoid falling for telephone callers asking for your money; while some may be the genuine article others may not be. Then there is the risk of being placed on a 'sucker’s list' if you fall for an online or telephone scam.
This report was prompted by an online Christmas appeal from VSO, voluntary services overseas.
It is a genuine appeal and as most real appeals are very good causes.
Giving at Christmas can help such a diversity of charities and leave you with a warm Christmas glow, although that may sound a little selfish; but it shows it is a win win situation if you give.
Decide if you want to help those in your country or abroad, animals or people. While some will never give to animal charities most of those will struggle over the Christmas period. You could give a little time to help the staff get a brief Christmas break.
Many people have a favourite cause or charity sometimes due to a personal link such as a family member with a specific health condition.
But there are so many charities that need your help.
You may not be able to give a great deal of money but remember every little can help. You could donate unwanted items to a charity shop. Note buying Christmas cards with a charity logo will benefit the trader rather than the charity
So we will close this report with a link to the VSO and their appeal to "Help save babies' lives in Ethiopia this Christmas."
Additional charities and appeals to consider:
Save The Children Wish List
Give the gift of your time this Christmas
Shelters help the homeless campaign and petition
THE Christmas blog
Christmas is always just around the corner