Tuesday, 16 December 2014

I'm A Lucky Person

I have a roof over my head, a family that love me and food in my cupboards. Some people don't.

Most of us moan about our lot - now and again anyway.  We want a better car, more holidays, bigger house, but when it comes down to the things that really matter, the majority of us are lucky.

Christmas is a time to count your blessings.






I'm not a religious person, but a few years ago, when I was going through hard times, I was overwhelmed by the caring nature of the Christian playgroup my son attended. I sent him there as it was a good playgroup and close to where I lived at the time. That Christmas an unexpected thing happened. I heard a knocking on my door and found a delivery, a lovely Christmas hamper.

You don't have to be religious to care for others, you just have to care. So when you are buying your Christmas shopping in your local supermarket, why don't you see if they have a basket for presents for disadvantaged children, and pop a present in. If you are in your local town, don't walk past the Big Issue seller as you mostly do, stop, have a chat and buy one. Or ask them if they would like a coffee from the local coffee shop and buy one for them. If you know a local elderly person who lives alone, stop in and ask if they need help with any shopping or just a bit of company. You could even club together with a couple of friends and make a small hamper for them.




If you have relatives that are difficult to buy for and don't really need anything, you could consider buying a gift in their name to help others.

The Children's Society let's you buy a gift for a child living in poverty from just £7, or an outing for a child or a Christmas party.

Unicef's Inspired Gifts, let you buy polio vaccines for children in undeveloped countries, or nutritious food for a malnourished child amongst other things.

Centerpoint lets you buy a Christmas dinner for a homeless young person from £5, a jumper to keep them warm or a starter kit for those disadvantaged teenagers who want to go to University.

The RNLI allow's you to buy a donation towards supporting the volunteers such as fuelling a lifeboat, buying essential gloves or equipment for the boats.




At Christmas when we have so much, just stop for one second and give to others. It can be the giving of your money or your time, and I guarantee you will feel warm and fuzzy inside :)

Have a warm, safe and well fed Christmas. 
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  1. I always buy something extra to put in the donation box in my local Supermarket x

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    1. I think that is a lovely idea, as it's easy to do and doesn't have to be expensive.

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  2. Such a lovely post, especially this time of the year, remembering to give to those who need it the most.

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    1. I think we do get caught up sometimes in our own little worlds.

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  3. Awesome post my dear. I drove into town last night just to take about 15 brand new kids book to the Food Bank collection at the cathedral as I heard on the radio they want kids gifts not just food this fortnight.

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    1. I didn't realise food banks take gifts as well. Well done Julie.

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  4. Such a lovely post - I think as a society we do complain way more than we should - growing up in South Africa I have seen real poverty on a daily basis - no dole, working tax credit or anything like that there, if you don't irk you don't eat simple as and I need to reminded myself of that all the time

    laura x

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    1. Thank you Laura. Is South Africa any better today?

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  5. This is a fab idea, always like to help others when i can x

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  6. Lovely post. I've recently done a huge sort out of old toys and games that my boys no longer use/never even opened. They were all in perfect condition so I gave them to a local charity collecting for less fortunate children. I think it's really important to remember this side of Christmas.

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    1. That's a brilliant point I should have made. I always have a sort out every season and especially before Christmas and take unwanted items to the charity shop. I support my local cancer charity Tenovus.

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