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. One in particular that warms my heart and always 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 normally gone without, will now receive something special to open from Santa Claus himself! Well, by Santa, I mean me.
Getting involved is so easy and I already know I’ll be doing it again next year. Just visit the Samaritans Purse website and either purchase a prepacked shoe box to send, or choose to pack your own. I wanted to hand select my items so I chose to pack my own. After purchasing my items, I wrapped my shoe boxes in festive wrapping paper (I did two, one for a girl and one for a boy), attached the appropriate boy/girl label, filled my shoe boxes with all the goodies, made a £5 online donation per box 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 fifteen. 31 years on from the Chernobyl disaster, the country is still dealing with communities affected by the radiation contamination. It just warms my heart knowing that my gift was able to bring happiness to a child during such difficult times.