As Christmas nears, it’s easy to get caught up in the shopping and food-planning craze – but sometimes the best gifts come from the heart.
With all the cheer and joy of Christmas, it’s easy to forget that not everyone will have a mountain of presents under the tree, or truckloads of ham to feast on.
Get your kids involved
Teach your kids a valuable lesson in being selfless by giving a gift to someone who won’t be receiving a haul of presents.
“Some Aussie kids won’t receive gifts this Christmas, so if you want to give back, get your own kids involved and ask them to donate a toy they no longer use,” Kate says. “This is a great way to teach them about giving back, and makes room for the toys they’ll receive at Christmas.”
When you’re doing your Christmas shopping, check out the multitude of Fairtrade options that are readily available.
“Opting to purchase Fairtrade products means you’re supporting third-world farmers, protecting the environment and continuing the fight against child labor,” Kate reveals. “Keep an eye out for the Fairtrade logo when Christmas shopping. It covers everything from gold and jewellery, to stocking-fillers like chocolate and coffee.”
Giving up your time to help others is one of the best ways to give back, but since volunteer positions at soup kitchens tend to fill up weeks in advance, think outside the square.
“Register for toy and book delivery with The Smith Family or make enquiries with your local nursing home,” Kate suggests.
Sponsor a child
“Give the gift of healthcare, food and education by sponsoring a child together as a family,” Kate says.
Not only can this action be a meaningful way to teach your kids about the value of giving back to others, it will make a huge difference to the life of an impoverished child.
Donate to charity
When you think about making a trip to the local charity bin it’s easy to only consider donating clothes, but there’s so much more you can help with.
“Plenty of charities are in need of food donations as well, and many animal shelters accept donated blankets and pet food,” Kate adds.