The NSPCC, in the UK, is a children's charity

Pros

Sharing Christmas spirit.

Helps those who are less fortunate.

You do not have to give a lot, as every little helps.

Bringing Christmas cheer to those who need it.

Giving will give you a warm feeling inside.

Cons

We are all feeling the pinch a little.

Full Review

When I was a young woman I worked at a local Children's Home. The children who resided there, either permanently or temporarily, were not orphans but children from what was termed a broken home. Sometimes the parents were ill, in prison or had absconded.

Whatever the reason, these children were away from their own at Christmas which must have, generall,y been a frightening prospect. I was amzed my first Christmas though, as all the staff set out the christmas presents for the children to see in the morning. There were presents from Santa, of course, but there was a real mixture of gifts from local people with generous hearts.

Sweets, chocolates, hand made doll's house furniture, doll's dressed in hand made beautiful clothes, toy cars, lego and much, much more. I had always thought that these children would go without such treats at Christmas but back then they did not. Of course, they were still missing their home and family, but at least these gifts helped bridge the gap.

Times have changed and such care homes are few and far between these days but there are still plenty of children in need.

Hospitals

Call your local hospital and see if they accept gifts and maybe visits from people. Hospitals need to be careful nowadays but perhaps they will accept charitable gifts or donations for the children.

Orphans abroad

There are many services that send gifts abroad for children. In the UK there are charities that accept and deliver, abroad, shoeboxes full of gifts for needy children. Each shoebox will be filled with gifts, for a boy or girl, that may seem small to you but will be gratefully accepted abroad. Many of these are distributed to orphanages where the children have no family at all.

Children in disaster areas of the world.

All too often there are children living in areas where a disaster has happened. This could be an earthquake, hurricane, tsunami, flooding or the like. This year, this will be the case for children in parts of the UK. Cumbria and parts of the surrounding area suffered severe flooding in the middle of November 2009.

The area is still devastated and many people will be facing a Christmas in a caravan or rented accommodation. Having a little experience of this, I know how hard it will be for the adults, let alone the children. Initially, it may be a novelty but that will not last. As the weather begins to get colder for winter, it will be freezing cold. Also, many families will have lost everything and be facing financial ruin. Sending some gifts or donations to help the children of these Cumbrian floods will certainly mean that you are helping a good cause.

Charities

At Christmas so many charities ask for donations. When you are shopping there will often be someone rattling a collection box, within your hearing. I know this can be a pain, sometmes, but you will probably not miss a few coins, so please be generous.

Most charities have gift shops, charity shops or catalogues. They often stock unusual Christmas cards and the like.

In Closing

This article has been written to remind the reader that not everyone will be able to have a happy and healthy Christmas. With the credit crunch many of us are feeling the pinch but most of can spare a little time, and, or money.

Your act of generosity, however small, will really help a child in need. As Christmas is all about children shouldn't this be something we are all happy to do.

Merry Christmas, and thanks from those you will help.