Helping at Christmas


Welcome to the first official week of #blogmas.  I'm super excited to be joining in this year.  I'm tweaking it a little bit but basically it means that everyday Monday-Friday on my blog you will get a new post!  So just remember to check back everyday to see all the new posts, I'm so exicted to share them all with you.

This year I have decided not to do any gift guides, instead I'm just making sure that every single thing I post would work amazing as gifts or just buying them for yourself.  That way I will still post all my normal content and it's not too Christmas heavy in case your not a fan of the holiday season but you will also be able to hopefully get some fun ideas for gifts too if your looking for any.

So first up for #blogmas is a bit of a different post for me.  When I was googling what charities were looking for help or donations at Christmas time I found it really hard to work out which would be the best charity to give money to and which would be the best way that I could help them the most so in case you were wanting to do the same this year I thought would make a post about it.  I  know a lot of families donate to charities rather than give gifts to each other or even if your someone who just wanted to give a couple of pounds, its hard to know how to go about it sometimes so I hope this might help.

The charities that I have picked to feature in this post are the ones I want to help out this Christmas and are close to my heart. 

Shelter - Shelter have a lot of things going on this Christmas that you can get involved in.  You can donate, volunteer and buy Shelter Christmas cards too.  Shelter Scotland are also opening a boutique in Byres Road in Glasgow where you can buy an eclectic mix of designer, vintage and one-off items on sale with all proceeds going to the charity.  My favourite thing that Shelter is doing this Christmas though is a social media campaign called 'Social Media Santa'.  It's the 5th year in a row that this has been running and here is how to get involved in the campaign....

"Kind-hearted social media users are urged to buy presents suitable for boys and girls from six months to 16 years old and either post them or have them delivered directly to

Social Media Santa,
Shelter Scotland Edinburgh Community Hub,
6 South Charlotte Street,
 EH2 4AW.

People are asked not to gift wrap their presents in order to help identify appropriate gifts in terms of age.

Everyone who buys a gift is encouraged to post a photo of it on social media using the hashtag #SocialMediaSanta and to tag the Shelter Scotland account (@shelterscotland on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter). Social Media Santa runs from 17 November to 9 December."

Shelter is focusing on child homelessness this Christmas and the charity says that around 5,224 children will be homeless this Christmas across Scotland. Some of these children are from families that are in employment and even then still can't afford to pay all their bills and rent.  The work that Shelter Scotland does is phenomenal and to think that if they get enough gifts every one of those children they support and work with will be able to get at least one present this Christmas, that is amazing to me.  To know that the charity work with so many people from different walks of life who are either homeless or have the threat of being homeless looming over them is so important and I just think the work they are doing to help people is really inspiring.

Shelter Scotland is obviously the Scottish based version of the charity but if you go on the Shelter website you will find out how to help in your local area too if you'd rather that.

Glasgow Children's Hospital Charity - Yorkhill children's hospital has been the hospital that has helped sick children in Scotland for over 100 years.  It has now moved buildings and got itself a new name.  Now known as Royal Hospital for Children the hospital is still the main place that helps all children in Scotland.  The charity that helps fundraise for the hospital is called Glasgow Children's Hospital Charity and they have launched their new Christmas appeal. Here it is...

"This Christmas we need your help to raise £200,000 to fund a neurological endoscope, which will be used to provide life-saving surgery to children.
The equipment would be the first of its kind in a children’s hospital in Scotland, and one of only a few in Europe."

It sort of blows my mind a bit that it would only take all of us raising £200,000 to be able to buy such important equipment for the hospital and it just feels like such an amazing thing to be able to help with this Christmas.
To donate you can either get in touch with the Charity HERE to help think up ideas on how to fundraise for them or you can Text CHILD to 70707 to donate £5 to the appeal.

So there you go, just a couple of things that might catch your eye if your looking to help out this year at Christmas time or even donate in someone's name instead of giving gifts.  Thanks for taking time out to read this post as I know its something really different to what I normally write about on here but I just feel so passionate about these charities and really wanted to share them with you all too.