From Christmas markets and ice skating rinks, to pumpkin spice lattes and festive events, there are an abundance of magical things to do during the holiday season. But, one in particular that always warms my heart and get’s me 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! But even though my surroundings have changed, there’s one thing that remains the same. 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 potentially gone without) will now receive something special to open from Santa! Well… me actually, but I’ll put Santa on the tag.
Getting involved is so easy and I already know I’ll be doing it again next year. All you have to do is visit the Samaritans Purse website and either purchase a pre-packed shoe box to send, or choose to pack your own. I wanted to hand select my items so I chose to pack my own.
I’m not one to usually do brand specific or company specific posts (unless I legit love the brand/company) but this just filled my heart with so much joy, that I knew I had to share it with you all.
After purchasing my items (which took me about an hour of walking up and down the aisles of the store trying to pick the perfect combination of gifts), I was ready to start wrapping my boxes. Choosing the most colourful festive wrapping I could find, I covered my boxes (I did one for a girl and one for a boy), attached the appropriate boy/girl label, then filled them with all the goodies I had purchased.
I didn’t spend a lot, about £10 per box, but I took my time selecting what I was going to buy, not only to keep the cost down (since Christmas is an expensive time of year!), but so the children receiving the gift would get a great assortment of products.
Once my boxes were filled, I made a £5 online donation per box to cover the cost of postage, printed out my unique bar code and placed it inside the boxes. I then took my boxes to my local drop off centre and it was really, as simple as that.
Not all countries offer this program, so if you want to get involved, my advice is to check out their website first, but even if this particular charity appeal isn’t offered where you are, a lot of non profit organisations offer their own version of it.
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 fifteen. 31 years on from the Chernobyl disaster, the country is still dealing with communities affected by the radiation contamination and it just warms my heart knowing that my gift was able to bring happiness to a child in one of these communities.