Charitable Things YOU Can Do Before the New Year.

I like to do what I can for Charity, especially for ones that are close to my heart and mean a lot to me. Sometimes it's hard to know exactly how you can help someone or somewhere, without always donating money - so here are a few ideas of things you can do to help a charity or a person before the year is up.

1) Buy Charity Christmas Cards

If you haven't already handed out your Christmas cards, I genuinely think it's worth spending the extras £1 or so for cards that donate to a good cause. It's a great way to help, but without taking up too much time. Most shops sell charity cards, including Asda and Tesco.

2) Give to a Food Bank

Food banks always struggle this time of year, and there are collection points in Sainsbury's, Asda and Tesco so you can drop things off at your weekly shop. They're usually looking for items like cereal, pasta, rice, tinned food, powdered milk, long life food and toiletries. Some of these items can be bought for as little as 30p, so while on your next shop pick up a couple of bits and donate them to a great cause.

3) Give to a Dog and Cat Shelter

You can grab a bag of dog or cat food for as little as £3 on your weekly shop, so why not drop a packet off at your local shelter. Just like people, there are lots of homeless pets this time of year, who also need to be fed and looked after, so this is a great way to help out. Especially as shelters are always bursting full of unwanted Christmas pets!

4) Give Blood

If you're able to, sign up to be a blood donor. Did you know that appointments often get missed around this time of year? It doesn't cost a penny to give blood, just a bit of time, and it could save a life this Christmas.

5) Sign Up to be an Organ Donor

Becoming an organ donor saves lives, and takes minimal effort. It takes 5 minutes to sign up to donate your organs and tissues after you die, and once you've done that you don't have to do a single thing! You can rest knowing that one day, you might save someone's life.

If you're short on cash, or even time, and still want to make a difference before the year is up - see if you can do one of the above things, or even do several if you can.

Some of the Charities I'm currently supporting are Crohn's and Colitis UK, Newcastle Dog and Cat Shelter, and the Trussel Trust. If you haven't already, go and check out their websites!





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