December can quite a busy month. So busy that we get wrapped up trying to make Christmas time perfect for family and friends. It’s easy for us to get caught up in the festivities and splurge on loved ones at Christmas. It’s nice to show some kindness to others as well. There are many ways you can help people this Christmas. If you’re interested and not sure where to begin, keep reading for some ideas on how you can help.
Many charities allow you to donate online through PayPal and Apple Pay. All you need to do is simply choose your charity, select the amount you wish to donate and log in to your account. It’s secure and a safe way to give. Remember to Gift Aid your donation, which allows UK charities to claim back basic rate tax paid on donations. Charities can claim back from the government on your behalf 25p for every £1 donated, which boosts the value of the donation by a quarter.
Give to charity shops
If you’re unable to donate money online there are still ways you can help. Places like British Heart Foundation are always welcoming clothes that are still in good quality, accessories, books for all ages, DVDs and toys to sell in their shops. The money they receive for these items goes towards funding life saving research so it’s worth having a declutter of things that you no longer want or use.
There are plenty of charity boxes you can donate to. They’re in supermarkets, shops and even pubs. You don’t need to give a huge amount, just throwing in your loose change will make a difference.
Adopt an animal
Even animals need your help at Christmas time. From charities like WWF that help endangered species, to Wildlife Aid Foundation who deals with thousands of birds and mammals who are orphaned or injured, adopting an animal is a great way of helping these charities run and keep doing amazing research to look after animals. You can even sponsor a cat or dog through places like Blue Cross which will help keep them safe and warm and provide them with veterinary care.
Remember there are many ways in which you can give this Christmas. Whether you’re giving money, toys or your time, the people who truly need it will really appreciate your kind gestures.