December is the season of goodwill to all so it is a good time to think about making an effort for charity. Before we show you examples of bloggers who are doing just that, let’s list the charities people might need most over Christmas.
To obtain help with debt problems
To tackle housing and homelessness issues
If you are vulnerable, the key to moving forwards positively is to ask someone for help. If 2012 was rotten for you, make a New Year’s resolution to reach out for support in 2013 if not before.
The following posts show how people contribute to charities in varied ways.
1. Bullying destroys a person from the inside out. This post is welcome in its message but also in showing just how simple it can be to help promote charity awareness. By sharing a charity campaign on your blog, you have the power to change lives.
2. With the news of Christmas gifts being stolen from Great Ormond Street Hospital, this is a timely post that shows by buying a cookery book, you can support a great cause. The cuisine featured is Italian and we might well be ready for a pizza or pasta dish after all the Christmas turkey!
3. Continuing the buying something rather lovely in aid of a good cause theme, this post reviews some of the very special Christmas gift ideas from a range of charities. It is the season of goodwill so why not consider supporting a charity when choosing your presents?
4. Reading blogs has made me that little bit more aware of the challenges faced by children with special needs. Charities provide services but they also campaign to make things that little bit fairer. This post asks you to wish upon a star with Scope and see more localised disability services.
5. Christmas can be an expensive time and it is vital not to put your head in the sand and think all your financial troubles will disappear in the New Year. This post from the Debt Advice Foundation gives valuable advice on getting a grip of Christmas budgeting and working with your family to do so.
6. Fancy making some mince pies with a twist? This post includes a fabulous recipe as well as telling us about how celebrity chefs helped charities with the Great Mince Pie Auction.
7. Sometimes sharing a personal story can help raise awareness of the need for good causes. This post tells how one blogger is getting involved in social media work for a charity on a voluntary basis and one of the things that motivates her to do so.
8. Local charities find it difficult to get publicity so I am delighted to feature this post on a charity for homeless people. It shows how people become homeless and how with a little support their lives can improve so much. It also shows that homelessness is far easier to fall into than many people think.
9. Some charities harness the season of goodwill to launch Christmas campaigns. This post gives the example of Sense the charity for deaf blind people and how they are asking you to light up a life this festive season.
There are many Christmas charity campaigns but I am selecting two to highlight in closing this charity post one that helps people in the UK and one overseas.
Did you know 75 000 children will wake up homeless this Christmas? Check out Shelter’s emergency campaign
ActionAid are asking bloggers to write a post on what you think makes a house a ‘happy home’ and tag five other bloggers to do the same. This is their Christmas appeal and more information can be found here.
All that remains if for me to wish you a Christmas full of lovely things and a peaceful New Year.
If you are looking for a simple New Year’s resolution, joining the Charity Connections group and blogging for good causes would be a very good place to start.
It’s also worth checking out this post where we highlight 10 good ways to help charity most of which don’t involve putting your hand in your pocket.