Small Acts of Kindness this Christmas
With Christmas fast approaching, everything looks and feels a little festive. We all get swept up in our own celebrations, from Christmas food and gift shopping to putting up the tree and lights. It’s easy to forget about others at this time of year, outside of our friends and family. Issues such as homelessness, addiction and loneliness do not disappear at Christmas, in fact, this time of year can be the hardest for many. Today we wanted to share with you some of the small acts of kindness you can share this Christmas, to help others in the community at this time of year!
Small Acts of Kindness this Christmas
Visit Elder Relatives
1.2 million people are chronically lonely in the UK, many of them are elder members of the community. With decreased mobility and living alone, it can be harder for some elder people to get out of the house to see family and friends. Visiting an elder relative and catching up over a cup of tea is something we can all make time to do, particularly at Christmas. This time of year is all about reuniting as a community to celebrate the season together.
Sending Christmas Cards or Phoning Relatives
Perhaps you’re abroad for the Christmas period or live far away from your family. If visiting an elder relative is a logistical challenge, why not drop them a phone call instead? In the age of the Internet and social media, we’re more connected than ever. Except for elder people, many of whom still rely on traditional communication services such as telephone or post. Sending a Christmas card is a small act of kindness, which to the recipient, can mean the world!
Take Part in the CHAOS Reverse Advent Calendar
A reverse advent calendar is all about giving. Each day, instead of eating a piece of chocolate, you donate an item. Whether it’s groceries, personal hygiene products or a small gift, each day. Each of your donations will be sent to local charities, who help disadvantaged individuals at this time of year.
Support the West Cornwall Shoebox Appeal
Not all children receive presents at Christmas. Perhaps money is tight, or they’ve recently fled a war torn country, for one reason or another times are tough. In the UK there are plenty of charities and organisations who, each year, launch a shoe box appeal. To take part, simply fill an old shoe box with gifts (things like notebooks, pens, soft toys or small games) and drop them off to your local collector to be distributed to those in need. This is a great activity to do as a family too and teaches children in particular, gratitude and compassion.
Volunteer in Your Local Soup Kitchen
Homelessness is an issue that affects the community all year round, however its impact is heightened at this time of year. Rough sleepers have to contend with cold and damp conditions, not knowing where their next meal will come from. Plenty of charities organise soup kitchens and food services for the homeless year round. Volunteering your time to help keep these schemes running is a great way to give back to your local community this season.
Invite a Neighbour to Christmas
Do you know someone who will be spending Christmas Day alone? Perhaps it’s a neighbour or friend. There’s always room for one more around the dinner table, so why not invite them to join your festivities! It doesn’t have to be on Christmas Day either, there are plenty of things you can do to help your nearest and dearest. Helping your neighbours with household chores or picking up groceries for them on your weekly shop are great ways to lend a hand!
Gift a Box of Chocolates to the Emergency Services
The country doesn’t close because it’s Christmas. In fact, if it did, we’d be in big trouble! Hospitals, fire and police stations need operating 24/7 and every year thousands of emergency service personnel work through Christmas, sacrificing their family time to ensure we remain safe and well. To thank these selfless individuals and to bring a little Christmas cheer, why not drop a tin of chocolates to your local emergency service station?
These are just some of the awesome small acts of kindness you can spread this festive season. How do you like to give back to the community at this time of year? We’d love to hear your suggestions!