Ways for families to pay it back and volunteer this Christmas
Let’s face it. This year has been ugly and as we reach the end of it many people are struggling emotionally and financially. But there’s lots we can do to help. Got a couple of hours to spare thanks to last-minute changes to your Christmas plans? Wanting to do something a little different this year and give back to our community? Don’t we all?! Family volunteering at Christmas is possible, and we’ve researched some ways we can all help.
Keep Britain Tidy
Help to Keep Britain Tidy. We’ve all seen it. Disposable masks not quite making it to the bins and flying free across the pavements. Not acceptable. Bundle up with the kids, get equipped and host a local clean up. How about giving them an incentive to work towards. The family member to fill up their bin bag the quickest can earn rights to selecting the Christmas movie for the evening. Join Keep Britain Tidy’s #litterheroes
Search for missing pets
We’re pet lovers here at City Kids HQ. So hearing of the number of cats and dogs going missing just breaks our hearts. Help to search for a local family pet that may have gone missing with tools such as petsreunited.com Does what it says on the tin.
Feeding Families – while they may not be accepting hampers anymore, there’s certainly ways that you can help out. Simply donating some money, finding out if they need a helping hand at their warehouses or spreading the word about the fantastic work that they do. Find out more about them here. There’s many more initiatives as we found out earlier this year with the Rashford campaign, see them here.
Using your skills
Do.it.org to find more general local volunteering vacancies also includes work that you can do from home such as voluntary admin, finance, marketing, or even picking up the phone to the vulnerable.
A friendly face and helping hand
Knock on an elderly or vulnerable neighbours’ door. Offer to do their weekly groceries, help tidy their garden or even just to bring over a tin of biscuits. It’s bound to make their day.
Donations and things for the less fortunate
Gather some old toys, books and various other things that you may not need and donate to a local charity.
You could do these as a family, alone, or both if you so wish. Volunteering is a fantastic reminder of what Christmas is really about and to ground ourselves at this time of year.