Help out this Christmas

Father Jonathan Sibley and a group from St Mary's Church, Long Sutton, had a 'stable sleep' to raise funds for Crisis at Christmas.
Father Jonathan Sibley and a group from St Mary's Church, Long Sutton, had a 'stable sleep' to raise funds for Crisis at Christmas.
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Father Jonathan Sibley and a group from St Mary’s Church, Long Sutton, ‘stable sleep’ for Crisis at Christmas.

Would you like to do something different this Christmas? If you have some time on your hands and would like to spread some festive cheer, many charities rely on volunteers and donations over the Christmas period. If you are not sure what you could do, here are some ideas.

Jean Harding, Sue Baker and Helena Flint sort food parcels at the launch of Agape Care Food Bank at Holbeach.

Jean Harding, Sue Baker and Helena Flint sort food parcels at the launch of Agape Care Food Bank at Holbeach.

 Reserve a place for Christmas at Crisis for a homeless person. It costs £22.29 for three nutritious hot meals, including Christmas dinner. The chance to shower, change clothes, have a hair cut and get a health check. Receive expert advice on life changing issues like housing and employment. http://www.crisis.org.uk/pages/volunteer-christmas.html

 Give the gift of Christmas to an international student facing a lonely Christmas on a deserted university campus. You can invite one or two students into your home for four days at Christmas, learn about their culture, share your traditions and invite them to experience your own home life. http://www.hostuk.org

 Instead of undertaking Secret Santa at work and receiving a worse gift that the one you bought, ask all your colleagues to put money into a sealed envelope with their name inside. On the day, pull out an envelope and whoever’s name is inside gets to choose which charity all the money goes to. No unwanted gifts and a very grateful charity.

 Donate food to your local foodbank or animal shelter. There are collection bins at lots of different locations, including just inside the doors at Morrison’s store in Pinchbeck – and in our own reception office here at the Lincolnshire Free Press and Spalding Guardian in The Crescent in Spalding.

 Clear out your old toys, books and clothes and donate them to a charity shop. While there, why not ask the shop if they need any help over Christmas?

 If you like crafts or baking, make some decorations, bake mince pies or cakes to sell at school or work and raise funds for your favourite charity.

 Take an elderly friend or neighbour to do their Christmas shopping, to an appointment or just out for afternoon tea. If the weather is icy, offer to get their shopping for them.

Please remember that volunteering is for life and not just for Christmas and if you would like to look at the volunteering opportunities available year round in the South Holland area please contact us on 01775 718008 or spalding.v@lincolnshirecvs.org.uk

Everyone at Lincolnshire Community and Voluntary Service (Spalding Volunteer Centre) would like to wish you all a very Happy Christmas.