Wednesday, 21 November 2018
Charity Giving This Christmas
Here is a timely post I wrote on this blog two years ago and have shared with the Cheapskates Club for the last 5 - 6 years. I hope you are inspired to help others have a great Christmas.
Many charities find it very hard to meet the needs of struggling people across the globe. Government funding can be scarce and many charities rely on the goodwill on companies and the everyday person like you and I. Please take the time to read this post and help where you feel you can.
It's just over seven weeks to Christmas YAY !!! I love Christmas because it's the time of the year we celebrate the birth of Jesus - the greatest gift ever given. I also love to give to others especially those in need.
As you start to think about Christmas presents and food for your own celebrations, please take the time to plan how you'll help others. Here are some ideas that won't blow out your family budget -
* Clean out your pantry and donate excess tinned and dried foods to charities, churches and schools that are collecting.
* Each time you do your grocery shop add a couple of tins of spaghetti, baked beans, tinned fruit and vegetables. You could do this every time you are tempted buy a bottle of soft drink or a packet of chips as a part of your usual shop.
* Next time you feel like takeaway, put the money towards buying food for charity.
* Start looking for specials on boxed cereal, porridge, tinned hams and toiletries to donate.
* Get together with a few friends, pick a charity and plan to bless those in need.
* Feel like a cuppa at the shops ? Instead, use your coffee money to buy a jar of pasta sauce and a couple of packets of pasta.
* Buy a couple of toys for charity when you are Christmas shopping for your own family. Charities are in real need of presents for children over the age of 10. A tote bag, skate board, basket ball or Nerf gun make fabulous presents that won't break the family budget.
* Ask your children to buy a present from their pocket money. This is a great opportunity to teach them about budgeting and giving to others.
With a little bit of planning ahead of time you'll be able to bless many in need.