“What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more?”
– Dr Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
In about six weeks’ time we will be inundated with Santa, stockings, faux snow, food and family. As Andy Williams sang: “It’s the most wonderful time of the year.”
For those who do celebrate Christmas, it’s known as the ‘season of giving’ for a reason. Not just because you give your Mum the standard box of Ferrero Rochers or because you put those Santa socks under the tree for your Dad. At Christmas, we give thanks for all that we have, we give time to our family and friends, and we give love to those closest to us.
Most of us will be lucky enough to spend it surrounded by our favourite humans (including your Uncle Ross – who we know does your head in, but on some level you find affection for him when there’s turkey and cranberry sauce on the table). It’s a time for Kris Kringle at work, school concerts, Carols in [Whatever Park is Near You], laughter, delicious food, bonbons and silly hats, beach days, Boxing Day barbecues, New Year fireworks and a LOT of recycling in the days that follow.
Others will not be so lucky. In the madness of it all it is easy to forget that people will still be homeless and hungry. People will be struggling with substance abuse, or will be victims of abuse. People will find it hard to get out of the house to go to Christmas dinner because they are dealing with depression or anxiety. Some will spend the day at the side of a hospital bed caring for a loved one who is very ill. It goes without saying that children growing up in poverty and living in conflict zones will probably not be fixated on what Santa’s bringing this year.
Thankfully, our charities don’t forget.
Big or small, your donation is powerful
A collection of small good deeds can create a big impact. Before you get your tinsel in a tangle, we’ve made it simple for you and created a list of Christmas appeals. You can support these appeals through workplace giving. What’s that? It’s a way you can give to charity direct from your pay rather than handing over cash, filling in forms or providing your credit card information.
If you do have Good2Give’s Workplace Giving Platform available, all you need to do is sign in, click on charities and search #Christmas, and all available Christmas appeals will be listed.
You don’t have to give a lot – $5 is very helpful – but obviously the more you give, the more impact you make. Collectively, if you and your colleagues commit to giving $5 each, that amounts to quite a bit. Here’s how you can help.
Find a Christmas Appeal
There are a vast number of charity Christmas appeals about and it can be tricky to narrow down which cause you want to give to. Simply search by cause below and browse the appeals. If your employer has Workplace Giving, you can donate to all these appeals straight from your wages. Simply click on the appropriate link in the search results. If you do not have workplace giving, then you can also donate directly to the charity by the alternative link provided.
Don’t forget to shout it out
It’s your choice if you give privately or like to celebrate who you support through charitable giving and why. Keep in mind that sharing stories of your giving with family and friends rallies more support for the causes you believe in.
It’s one extra step to donate then share a post on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn using your charity’s handle or the appeal’s hashtag – but it means the world to the organisation and beneficiaries. Your voice inspires hope and inspiration to others to do the same, and to the people working to overcome these challenges, to keep going.