Winston Churchill once said:
“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give”
With this in mind, and rather than the usual nice things want list, we thought we’d put together a list of Christmas gifting ideas that will help and support other people in need around the UK.
The Letterbox Club
The Book Trust Letterbox Club send book parcels out during the year to children in care. For many children, this may be the first time they’ve had a letter or parcel through the post – and for some, these may be the first books they’ve ever owned.
This Christmas, The Letterbox Club want to surprise 9,700 children in care by by sending a special book gift they won’t be expecting. Donate £10 to send a surprise book gift and make a child feel special this Christmas.
Hoxton Street Monster Supplies
The Hoxton Street Monster Supplies shop sell bespoke and everyday items for the living, dead and undead, such as Banshee Balls, Cubed Earwax and Fang Floss.
The shop is run by the Ministry of Stories, a volunteering organisation which helps young people hone their creative writing skills, through free one-to-one mentoring and writing workshops. All profits from sales of Hoxton Street Monster Supplies go to the Ministry of Stories.
The UK Foodbank Network
The Trussell Trust runs a network of over 400 foodbanks, giving emergency food and support to people in crisis across the UK, where thirteen million people live below the poverty line. In the last year they gave over 1 million three day emergency food supplies to people in crisis.
You can help support the valuable work the UK Foodbank Network are doing by; donating food, volunteering your time or making a financial contribution to help them raise awareness of poverty and stop hunger in the UK.
Crisis at Christmas
Christmas must be the toughest time to live on the streets. The charity Crisis work with homeless people to help them rebuild their lives. On Christmas Day, Crisis at Christmas offer homeless people good food, friendly company, healthcare, clean clothes and access to the charities year-round services for support and housing advice. Each Crisis at Christmas place costs £26.08, so donations are essential for them to carry on their work.
Plastic Free Pledge
Finally, we recently created the identity for The Plastic Free Pledge. For the past year, the organisation has been working hard to help raise awareness of and address the amount of unnecessary single-use plastic that’s in all our lives. According to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, by weight, there could be more plastic than fish in our oceans by the year 2050. So this is a deadly serious cause.
As part of the creating the identity, we helped them establish a visual style and tone of voice, as well as creating a structure for their current project #DeStraw and future campaigns.
Those are just a few ideas of what you can do to help others. We’re getting involved and helping out several of the campaigns above — join us.