I don’t know about you, but at least 50% of my conversations at the minute eventually work their way around to Christmas shopping. Don’t get me wrong, I’m as big a material girl as the next woman. Anyone who’s seen me go all wobbly in a Cath Kidston shop could tell you that. However, this year, I’m increasingly thinking about doing something for others. I don’t want this to sound preachy or to set myself up as the embodiment of selflessness (I want a pony in my stocking come Christmas morning, believe you me) but I’m inviting each to you to chuck some coins in the pot of an organisation that means something to you. Or how about encouraging an Oxfam Unwrapped Secret Santa at work? Or you could take it a step further and do what I did today – book an appointment to give blood. Whether you’ve never given blood or just haven’t given in a while, you’ll be welcomed with open arms. This time of year traditionally sees a drop in donations – we’re busy doing other things or bad weather gets in the way – but the UK’s hospitals don’t need blood any less. Where else do you get to save lives and get a cuppa and biscuit when you’re done?
England& Wales ? Looky here
Norn Iron? Bout ye!
If the idea of getting a needle in the arm doesn’t exactly scream Christmas, what about getting your name on the donor register? I’ve carried a donor card for almost 20 years but it’s important to make sure your name is on the register too – and let your family know your wishes. I don’t know about anyone else, but when I shuffle off this mortal coil, they’re welcome to use anything they want – though I imagine most of it will be knackered 🙂
What other ideas do you have for a charitable/feel good Christmas?