Tuesday, 16 December 2014

'Tis the season for giving (Mark 2)


So you may have seen my previous, similarly titled post, here but today is about giving back and being grateful for what we have.



I really don't want this to sound self indulgent or preachy in any way but it's just my thoughts, experience and feelings.

So I've literally just got in the door today from volunteering at a pensioner's Christmas party in my local area and my legs are going to fall off (poor me) but it was great fun. We made sandwiches, tea, cleared up. I even did a quiz and had them singing along to 'Complete the Christmas Song Lyrics' it was hard work but it was enjoyable.
Most of what I got out of it was seeing the few of them that you could tell were really grateful for the time out and really enjoyed it. One of the ladies was telling me she can go 2/3 days without seeing anyone or hearing from anyone.

One of the tables of food we provided.

This was the Christmas version of what a local Charity does every week. There is one woman who co-ordinates it every week with the help of a couple of volunteers, she works tirelessly to put this and other clubs on weekly with a very small budget.
 She has even given the regulars her number so she is on call over Christmas should any of them need her for any emergency- in her own time. She devotes most of her life to the charity and does all she can.

I am really lucky to work for a company that actively promotes the support of these charities and us volunteering our time to help make a difference.

Another event that this lady co-ordinates, every Christmas, is gathering gifts to ensure local family,s who are really struggling to make ends meet, have something to enjoy Christmas with. My team got assigned a family of four; a Mum, Dad and two little girls. We've collected books, toys, chocolates, food and gifts for the parents and although I will never see or know how this made a difference to that family, It really makes me happy to know that while I'm sat having my nice Christmas with family that there is another family, who otherwise mightn't have had a Christmas at all, enjoying theirs.
Also thank you to Cohorted and W7 Cosmetics/ Playboy Makeup (Aqua pr) for sending me some beauty bits for the family- you are good eggs!



Really what I am trying to say is that it is easy to get caught up in the Christmas hype and forget about those who don't have the support or the money or whatever to have the Christmas that we do.

We don't all have to be like the lady in my 2 stories but I personally feel like we have a duty other, as human beings, to help each other out.
Weather that be visiting your elderly neighbour, giving your aunt a call to let her know you are thinking about her, donating your time to a soup kitchen or donating gifts, money or food to the many drives that happen around this time of year- get involved.
Please think of those who are worse off than you because you never know what position you will be in at any stage in your life and I'd like to think that, if I was in need, someone would be there for me.

I'd also like to say that if you are struggling; be that emotionally, physically, financially etc that there are so many people out there that can help.

Samaritans
Trussel Trust (food banks)
Step Change (Debt Charity)
NHS Urgent Care (call 111)