I just read a lovely post on Facebook from the gorgeous, and frankly brilliant, Jason Manford, who has suggested that it would be a lovely idea to donate advent calendars to a local Foodbank, in order to ensure a better start to the festive season for the vast number of children currently living in difficult circumstances. Now, I will admit, I am a huge fan of this man. I greatly admire anyone who has the
presence of mind to use their celebrity to further the awareness of charities and causes, particularly the lesser known ones that struggle to get noticed.
This particular idea really struck a chord with me, though. Advent calendars are such a big part of our society, you would think every child would have one. What if, though, that two pounds was needed for something else? It seems hard to believe, but there are families out there, walking around Tescos right now, mentally adding up the cost of bread, milk, eggs, etc. and hoping there's enough in the bank to cover it. This actually makes me really angry, but that's another story. I would hate to think of a child in my son's class knowing they were the only one that didn't have an advent calendar. It doesn't seem like a big deal, but no child wants to be different, or left out and, as a mum, it breaks my heart to think of those children. So, this a small thing we can do, to make a child's life a little bit better. Food banks are everywhere these days. You can search the internet or try your local library or council, for details of your nearest one.
If you are unable to buy an extra calendar this year, please don't feel this is the only way you can help. I always think the great thing about charity, is that there's a little job for everyone. There is always someone worse off and there is always something you can do to help. Don't have any money? How about some time? There are millions of charities crying out for volunteers, particularly at this time of year, and it's usually great fun. Again, your local council may be able to provide details of a volunteer scheme near you, or, if you know of a charity that uses volunteers, why not approach them yourself? I'm sure they will be really pleased to see you! Failing that, Why not make room for your Christmas goodies by having a clear out and donating to your local charity shop?
Donations are always welcomed and it's a double whammy, as the charity benefits from the sales, but it also provides an opportunity for people to purchase quality used items and give them a new lease of life. I really hope we can make this year the year we all, in one way or another, do something to help another person this Christmas.
Christmas images by the very talented Rachael at Flamez Photography