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Spirit of Christmas

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Granny23 Tue 15-Nov-16 13:32:13

We have threads about the commercialisation of Christmas, festive meals, suitable presents and family get togethers. I thought it might be worth starting one about the tremendous outpouring of concerns for those worse off, good deeds and charitable activities that the Spirit of Christmas generates. Please add to this thread what you and yours are/will be doing to further this positive aspect of the Christmas season. No accusations of 'virtue signalling' allowed - this is simply a celebration of all the good things that happen around Christmas and perhaps a chance to inspire others and give us ideas of what WE could do too.

Jayh Tue 15-Nov-16 13:41:47

Charitable activities are not just for Christmas. I will still be supporting the charities that I work with all year. The only thing that is a specifically Christmas activity is donating toys for local children's parties.

Candlefran Tue 15-Nov-16 13:51:03

Agree with jayH. Will carry on as before. Plus, of course, a bob or two to Children in Need. And the Sally Army.

Candlefran Tue 15-Nov-16 13:53:30

And I will support as many church Xmas fairs as I can. #cakejammincepiesyum

Granny23 Tue 15-Nov-16 14:18:45

I'll kick off with some good news about our Children's Christmas POP UP Shop now in its 3rd year. It was inspired by the news that 26% of children in our Wee County were living in poverty, principally the children of low waged working parents. We accept donations of pre-loved, out grown or unwanted toys, books, clothes, gift sets, decorations etc and make them available in the shop on a 'pay what you can' basis so that parents and carers can have the joy and dignity of choosing gifts for their wee ones that are within their budget however little that may be. All monies collected in the sealed buckets are subsequently donated to the 2 local food-banks (£3,000+ so far).

This year our local council are leasing us some town centre former offices for 6 weeks on a rent free, pay the power bills and insurance basis. Our friendly across the road Hairdressers will again be Key Holders and I expect our local bakers and cafes will again hand in lunches for the volunteer 'shop assistants'. The local statutory and voluntary services will distribute flyers to their clients, the Men's shed will contribute wooden toys they have made, the knitting group will bring baby clothes and blankets. Our local not-for-profit Recycling firm has already collected, washed and disinfected 2 builders bags full of discarded toys (see picture) which one of our members described as the 'ultimate pop-up shop starter kit'.

This whole enterprise has snowballed from a reaction to a Social Work request to donate prewrapped i.e. unchecked, presents to be handed out to needy children, which we felt was so wrong in so many ways. Our way allows parents/carers to provide a happy Christmas by their own efforts as donators, helpers, shoppers.

Candlefran Tue 15-Nov-16 14:27:13

Our church no longer takes pre-loved toys. It all has to be new. Toy Services just aint what they used to be. So, it is the Oxfam shop for the no longer wanted toys in our house.

Even the council's toy collection has to be a new purchase.

Candlefran Tue 15-Nov-16 14:27:42

Yours sounds an excellent scheme.

Anniebach Tue 15-Nov-16 14:40:52

I will support as I do throughout the year but I made a decision a few years ago not to celebrate Christmas, I attend Mass and Matins but I do not give gifts and sort of fast, sort of because I eat rice cakes , the money goes to the homeless charities, I cannot have a table laden with food whilst people are sleeping on pavements and going hungry , this is no great sacrifice , my choice and I am content with it , needless to say I spend the day alone grin

mumofmadboys Tue 15-Nov-16 15:20:51

We choose a charity each Christmas and give a donation.Last year it was Crisis and this year it is Water Aid.

J52 Tue 15-Nov-16 15:21:49

Anniebach flowers what a kind person you are.

Jalima Tue 15-Nov-16 15:42:52

I am not coming round to yours on Christmas Day, sorry anniebach! I don't like rice cakes even in summer.

However, it is always good to add some seasonal fare to the donations to the food bank and know that someone somewhere will be able to enjoy some festive food while I'm enjoying mine. I know we can't put in fresh food, but there is lots on the shelves to choose from.

An extra boost to the normal charity too.
The DC used to like making up shoe boxes to send off to other It's Children in Need this week too.

I still have the £1 in my pocket, sorry anniebach when I see a Salvation Army person I will give it to them. But I haven't been out much.

Jalima Tue 15-Nov-16 15:44:23

something got deleted confused

The DC used to like making up shoe boxes to send off to other children overseas through their school; do they still do that in schools?

Jalima Tue 15-Nov-16 15:46:01

I suppose it's like that saying:

A charity is for all year round, not just for Christmas

Jalima Tue 15-Nov-16 15:47:30

Granny23 what a brilliant scheme!

Anniebach Tue 15-Nov-16 15:54:30

And I was going to invite you Jamila smile ,

Linsco56 Tue 15-Nov-16 16:08:53

Anniebach What a special lady you are! flowers

Anniebach Tue 15-Nov-16 16:20:13

Please no, I am selfish, I cause my children and siblings upset , and I don't have all those dishes to wash grin

whitewave Tue 15-Nov-16 16:22:15

annie I am in awe!

Im68Now Tue 15-Nov-16 16:38:39

Smyths has just e-mailed, they are open to 2300 every day over Christmas.

The spirit of Christmas

Anniebach Tue 15-Nov-16 16:45:35

I will curl up on the sofa with my dogs, watch 'Ballykisssngel' and 'Long Walk To Freedom, and think of you all tackling the dishes . Told you I was selfish .

Please give something to the Salvation Army, they will feed so many homeless , do soup runs , serve up hot meals . These are the truly good people

rosesarered Tue 15-Nov-16 16:49:22

The Salvation Army is our chosen charity, they are wonderful.
Can't you at least have cheese on toast and soup for lunch Ab ( I would, given half a chance.)

annsixty Tue 15-Nov-16 16:54:17

Salvation Army my choice too. They do such good work.

grannypiper Tue 15-Nov-16 17:14:03

Granny23 sounds a fantastic set up, hope all goes well.

DaphneBroon Tue 15-Nov-16 17:19:17

What is Smyths?

rosesarered Tue 15-Nov-16 17:22:15

Your guess is as good as mine DaphneB