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Published December 8th 2017
Put the goodness back in Christmas and help a worthy cause
Christmas is about giving but sometimes it can become far too materialistic with people spending more money than they have on things they don't need. Why not bring back the true meaning of Christmas this year and do something altruistic which will give you a great sense of joy over the holidays. Helping a good cause, especially at Christmas is a great way to celebrate the holidays.
Here are 3 charitable things you can do this Christmas:
1) Buy a ticket for a child to go to the Winter Wonderland at Event City.
Not every child has someone to buy them a gift at Christmas, so why not help a child have a magical time and buy a present for someone who will truly appreciate it. On the Winter Wonderland website, you are able to sponsor a child place at the event. These tickets go to children who are well deserving of a treat, the company helps children who are ill or are carers and those who have done great work in the community. There is the opportunity for individuals or companies to buy tickets for a child who would not otherwise be able to visit. The charities which are supported by this cause are Once Upon a Smile, Rainbow House, Leisure for Autism and Breaking Barriers. With so many great charities supported this is a great cause to get involved in at Christmas, why not buy a ticket and add some magic in a child's life.
Each year, Crisis helps homeless people at Christmas have access to valuable services and enjoy Christmas day in a way many may not have enjoyed for a while. They are asking people to a buy a place at Christmas for a homeless person. The price means someone who desperately needs help will have a place to go on Christmas day with people to support them and company for the day. They will receive three hot meals including a Christmas dinner, a bed for the night if they require one, a health check, access to a shower and clean clothes and a range of advice services from housing, employment to addiction support. This really is the gift which could change someone's life and you are able to buy one place or several or make a smaller donation. Anything you can give helps and could help someone turn their life around and end their homelessness. If you have ever walked past a homeless person and wondered how you can truly help them this is the way, give the gift of support, help and an enjoyable Christmas.
Cost: £26.08 for one place.
You can buy a place online on the Crisis website and help a homeless person
3)Support Mission Christmas
Key 103 in partnership with B&M, Mid Communications and Bathroom Takeaway are helping children who live in poverty with the Cash for Kids 2017 appeal. By buying an extra gift this year you are able to help a child living in poverty have a present this year. Gifts need to be unwrapped for ages 0-18 years and you can donate them to drop off points all around the city. This is one of the easiest causes to get involved in as you can add an extra gift to your shopping and it can be any price so it is suitable for all budgets. The last date to drop presents off at Mission Christmas HQ is Friday 15th December. If you would rather just give money you can donate £5 by texting KEY to 70808.
Drop presents off at Mission Christmas HQ, Mayfield Warehouse, Unit 5, Bond Street Industrial Estate, Mancunian Way, Manchester, M12 6HG
These are just three ways to help a good cause. Make your Christmas even more magical by knowing you have supported someone else.