7 December 2015

The 'Doing Good' Christmas Guide


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Holiday season is well and truly here and for many of us gift buying is in full swing. As well as buying for your nearest and dearest, there are many easy ways to help out strangers.
I've put together a few quick and easy ways you can help others this festive season- and you don't even have to wrap the presents...

Give as You Live: I've talked about Give as You Live on here before but it's such a simple way to make your online shopping do good all year round. Basically you download their toolbar, choose your preferred charity and then shop as normal. For any purchases made through an affiliated website, a percentage of your spend is given to the charity you selected. Using sites you already buy from, you can raise money with no extra cost or effort- it's that easy.

Refuge's Christmas Appeals: Refuge are my chosen charity on Give as You Live. They, along with many other charities helping women and children escape domestic violence, are facing huge funding cuts, which means it's harder than ever for them to carry out their crucial work.
This Christmas, you can help support them by donating via their Christmas appeal or buying a parcel to help women and children fleeing abuse.
You could also help brighten up Christmas Day for a Refuge resident by purchasing an item from the charity wish list (enter code 651468) and picking a gift to be sent out to them.
Something so simple can have a huge impact on the life of someone in a difficult and upsetting situation

Crisis at Christmas: Homelessness is sadly on the increase, with a 55% rise in the number of people who slept rough on any given night since 2010. Crisis aims to help homeless people all year round, delivering services to help them and campaigning for changes. By reserving a place for a homeless person at a Crisis centre, you'll not only be providing them with food over Christmas, but also giving them access to healthcare, the chance to shower and change clothes and giving them the opportunity to access dedicated support and advice, which could provide lasting benefits beyond the festive period. It costs just £22.29 to reserve a place, but to someone in need the opportunity could be priceless.

Hive Minded: I mentioned in a recent post that I’m starting to evaluate the choices I make more critically, and as part of this, I no longer buy from Amazon.
An alternative site I found recently is Hive, which allows you to support independent shops with every order. You can also opt for your favourite bookshop to receive part of the total cost of your order and you can collect your order from your local shop, rather than having it delivered to your house.
I’ve ordered from there a few times now and delivery is fast (and free) and in some instances the items are actually cheaper than Amazon.
I’ve chosen to support the amazing Octavia’s Bookshop in Cirencester with my purchases, and love the idea that everything I’m buying is helping support a local business.

What tips have you got for giving back this Christmas? Will you be using any of these ideas?

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