Don't forget charities this Christmas
December is upon us once again and with it comes the usual melee of Christmas parties, shopping and presents. It is all too easy to get caught up in the hype and forget that for many this is a difficult month.
So it’s worth taking the time to remind ourselves and our friends and families that Christmas is a time for giving. By giving through sites like MyDonate we can help those who are really in need at this time of year.
For instance, for many older people, Christmas can be the loneliest time of year. Age UK is the UK’s largest charity of older people. Here are a few ways that Age UK can use a donation from you:
- To call people to make sure they’re OK. This is especially important when they’re just out of hospital, or if someone they love has died
- To give grants to community groups to reach more older people. This helps pay for door to door transport, food and entertainment
- To help people get access to benefits. An estimated £4 billion goes unclaimed each year, and Age UK are helping people get their full entitlement
- To help community groups buy urgently needed vehicles – which helps people who would otherwise be housebound.
Similarly, for children and young people,Christmas isn't always a happy occasion. It can be a lonely and upsetting time for far too many. But there is always somewhere they can get help - ChildLine on 0800 1111. Help us raise funds so that more children can be heard.
There are also those who have been hit by disaster, like the more than 13 million people in East Africa who are without food and water – suffering because of one of the worst droughts in 60 years.
DEC’s East African appeal finishes at the end of this year. Please help to make the difference between life and death while you can.