How you can Help Others this Christmas
2020 has been a tough year for everyone, but Christmas is going to provide a much-anticipated opportunity for friends and families to appreciate some quality time together. With a 5-day relaxation of coronavirus restrictions planned, people will be allowed to spend time in close proximity to loved ones outside of their households for the first time in what seems like forever.
While some of us are fortunate enough to have the luxury of company and warm shelter to look forward to, it is important to remember those who don’t. Christmas is a time of giving and appreciation for each other, so why not spend some of your time or money helping those that are less fortunate or vulnerable in our society? Here are a few ways you can help this year.
Give a bit of your time
Loneliness is a significant issue for people of all ages and backgrounds, but particularly for the elderly, single parents and young carers. Loneliness can contribute massively to mental health issues and the Christmas period can exacerbate loneliness for those who don’t have loved ones to celebrate with. Taking a small amount of your time to have a conversation and a drink with your neighbour or delivering a selection box with a smile on Christmas day can give a huge mental boost to someone facing loneliness this year.
Consider those less fortunate than yourself
Christmas and winter go hand in hand, especially as the feeling of cosiness derives from being in a warm home as a break from the bitter cold. However, for some who don’t have adequate shelter or can’t afford to pay the heating bill, Christmas can be a nightmare. This year, why not make some hot drinks for the homeless? Or even spare some of your Christmas meal? Spreading some festive cheer and warmth for those who are all too much ignored is not difficult to do and can make a real difference to someone’s day.
Buy a gift for someone that isn’t expecting it
Gift giving is a fundamental part of Christmas, but it usually only happens between friends and family. Have you ever thought about buying a gift for someone that you wouldn’t normally? Whether you buy something for your bus driver, cleaner or shop assistant, you never know what struggles people are facing and how much being recognised and appreciated can help. Again, the same goes for buying a new warm coat for someone sleeping rough or surprising your neighbour with a little treat.
This Christmas, especially considering the events of this year, it is important to support not only those in your immediate family, but those around you who need it most. Christmas is a time of giving, so why not give what you can to those who are less fortunate?