They say charity begins at home and although this is true, it doesn’t hurt to help others where you can and what better time than at Christmas. If you’re looking to give a little more this year why not consider buying a gift that gives something back and helps support charity too.
Every year we give a donation to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance instead of sending cards to our family and friends – without them, three members of my family wouldn’t have been here – two have since died but with the amazing efforts of the Air Ambulance, they gave us many, many extra years with us and for this we will always be grateful. They really are an amazing charity. Why not consider doing the same for your local air ambulance or the charity that you support?
Here are just a few of the charities that have wonderful gifts available this year. With every gift sold you will be supporting a great cause.
1. Alzheimer’s Society – Every gift bought from Alzheimer’s Society helps fight dementia. They have many gifts available suitable for all members of the family including a knitted foxy scarf – £16.99 and knitted foxy mittens – £14.99. Both sets have patterns that are based on a simple square making and are multi-sized meaning that they are a knitting kit that is suitable for knitters of all ages and skill levels. They are lovely items and perfect for the colder months.
2. Hearing Dogs For Deaf People – Why not sponsor a puppy with Hearing Dogs for Deaf People as a gift for someone this Christmas. Sponsoring a puppy makes a fantastic Christmas ‘gift that gives’ especially for dog lovers, and for those who are difficult to buy for. Hearing Dogs for Deaf People is a registered charity that partners trained dogs with the deaf to alert them to sounds, danger and signals such as the doorbell, telephone and smoke alarm – providing life-changing independence and confidence. Puppy sponsorship donations go towards the training of hearing dog puppies. With each puppy pack the sponsor will receive 18 months of updates and a welcome pack with the following:
*A ‘pennies for my puppy’ money box
*A car sticker
*A ‘thank you’ letter and certificate which includes the name of the puppy that has been sponsored
*A puppy postcard
For a £5 monthly donation, you’ll also receive a cute toy dog and Royal Canin pet food voucher. For £10 a month you’ll also receive a framed photo of your puppy.
3. Born Free – The Born Free Foundation is an international wildlife charity, founded in 1984 by actors Bill Travers MBE and Virginia McKenna OBE, stars of the iconic film Born Free, and their son, Will Travers OBE, the charity’s President. Born Free takes action worldwide to save lives, stop suffering and protect species in the wild. They have a huge range of gifts available this year from books, cuddly toys to clothing and animal adoptions. All proceeds help to protect wildlife worldwide.
4. Cats Protection – Cats Protection is the UK’s leading feline welfare charity. They help around 205,000 cats and kittens per year through their national network of over 250 volunteer-run branches and 32 adoption centres. They also promote responsible cat ownership with their education projects and run comprehensive neutering programmes. Their vision is a world where every cat is treated with kindness and an understanding of its needs. This Christmas they have many gifts available for all the family including mugs, calendars and candles.
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