Where to Volunteer on Christmas Day
Volunteering is all about giving back, and the same can be said during the Christmas period. Traditionally, Christmas is about sharing the love with family and friends and giving through gifts – but Christmas is also about giving through supporting others. And it all leads up to 25th December. As we approach the holiday season, we discuss why it is nice to volunteer on Christmas Day and the difference you could make.
Why volunteering is important
Dedicating your spare time to helping groups of people and organisations is a generous act of kindness. The work of volunteering ensures that charities can deliver their work for others.
Volunteers can also benefit and not just who they are directly helping. Volunteering is a great addition to your CV and it can also work wonders for your mental wellbeing.
Why help is needed at Christmas
Many families and groups of people are struggling every day, with the most excruciating time being during the winter months around Christmas.
Many charity appeals are organised in the run up to Christmas to help those in need. Some examples in the UK include Salvation Army’s Christmas Present appeal, Crisis at Christmas, Let Girls Learn This Christmas and Cash for Kids Mission Christmas.
Why volunteer during the holidays?
Volunteering can be the difference to better livelihoods for many families. To everyone who celebrates Christmas, it is a special time and it would be satisfying to return the favour and make someone else’s Christmas special too.
What volunteering activities could you do on Christmas Day?
There are endless possibilities for how you can volunteer your time! These are a few examples:
1. Helping at a food bank
Give someone the food they need this Christmas and dedicate your time helping a food bank. You can find a local food bank using The Trussell Trust website.
2. Prepare a Christmas dinner for the homeless
If you do not want to collect food for a food bank, why not cook your own hot meals instead! This would light up anybody’s face and mean a lot.
3. Helping at a Church service
If you are a Christian, Christmas and the season of Advent is one of the most important dates in the religious calendar. Examples include doing the collection boxes during Mass or saying a reading during the service.
4. Taking calls for a charity helpline
5. Organise or assist with a charity collection
We can all give up our clothes, books, CDs and more we no longer use. Organising or assisting with a charity collection can raise vital funds and offload items to other people who need them.
6. Volunteer abroad
If the winter does not take your fancy, you could also volunteer abroad during this time and help a cause close to your heart.
7. Assist your local hospital
Hospitals typically face difficult winters with sick patients, especially considering the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Volunteering or even donating essential kits to hospitals will be a loving gesture.
There are numerous ways you can assist a worthy cause through volunteering at Christmas time. As American author and religious leader Thomas S. Monson famously pointed out – “Christmas is the spirit of giving without a thought of getting. It is happiness because we see joy in people. It is forgetting self and finding time for others.”
Whatever you choose to do as a volunteer this Christmas, it will be rewarding and worthwhile. On behalf of the many causes and charities needing help, we thank you for your generosity. Find volunteering opportunities and sign up at 1Hour today to make someone’s day special.