It’s the 1st of December so I can officially allow myself to start talking about Christmas! I absolutely LOVE this time of year and cannot wait to spend the time surrounded by my family and friends. But it is important to remember that Christmas is not always a happy time for everyone.
In Ireland at the moment we have so many people living on the streets, living at or below the poverty line and struggling every day to survive. We have so many children who will not get what they have asked Santa for because their parents are trying so hard to put food on the table instead.
While most of us feel that Christmas is a time to be generous, not all of us are in a position to donate any spare cash to charity. We have got family and friends to buy for and of course we want to let those special people in our lives know that we love and care for and appreciate them.
So what can we actually do?
A few years ago I began a little gesture which costs me nothing but could mean the World to somebody else. In the lead up to Christmas we see a number of high street stores promoting 3 for 2 or buy one get one free offers, on a variety of items such as gifts and chocolates and toys. If I happen to be shopping in one of these stores, instead of taking the free item as a gift for myself, I always find a gift or toy that someone in need might appreciate and donate it to a charity.
This doesn’t cost me a cent, but it means that the charity can give the gift to a child or adult in need and hopefully make their Christmas a little bit brighter. Alternatively they could use the gift as a raffle prize to help generate much needed funds.
This Christmas I would like to ask everyone to consider taking those additional free items that we don’t really need, but we take because they are on offer, and donate them to a charity that is close to your heart. Because it genuinely doesn’t cost anything to be kind.
Wishing you all a very Happy December and a Merry and Kind Christmas.