From Christmas markets and ice skating rinks, to pumpkin spice lattes and festive events, there are so many magical things to do during the holiday season. one in particular that will warm your heart and get you in the Christmas spirit, is giving a gift that gives back.
Christmas in London is certainly different to Christmas in Australia. I’ve gone from outdoor barbecues and late night beach visits, to roast dinners and hot chocolate under a warm blanket. No complaints from me though, I’m absolutely loving it! And although my surroundings have changed, one thing that remains the same is my annual tradition of buying presents for those less fortunate.
Everybody needs a little something at Christmas and this year I’ve chosen to support Samaritans Purse and their Operation Christmas Child appeal. It’s amazing to think that on Christmas Day, a child, someone in the world, who would have normally gone without, will now receive something special from Santa (aka me!).
You can visit the Samaritans Purse website and purchase a prepacked shoe box to send, or you can pack your own. I wanted to hand select my items so I chose to pack my own. I purchased my items, wrapped my shoe boxes in festive wrapping paper, attached the appropriate boy/girl label, filled my shoe boxes, made a £5 online donation to cover the cost of postage, printed out my unique bar code, placed it inside the boxes and dropped them off at my local drop off center. It was as simple as that!
Wherever my boxes end up, I know it will turn a child’s Christmas from an ordinary one to an extraordinary one and nothing makes me happier. If you want to be part of Operation Christmas Child and make someone’s Christmas extra special, just click here to find out more.
UPDATE: It’s January 2018 and I have just received an email saying that two children in Belarus received my gifts. That’s incredible! Belarus has a population of 9.5 million, with 16% under the age of 15. Thirty one years on from the Chernobyl disaster, the country is still dealing with the impact on communities affected by the radiation contamination. It just warms my heart knowing that my gift was able to bring happiness to a child in this community.