Christmas is just over one week away! 🎄 The season of giving stressing you out? We have a couple of ideas of how you can give this Christmas.
Idea 1 - You probably guessed it... but volunteer your time! But not, how you think.
While it definitely feels good to volunteer at this time of the year, organisations sometimes struggle with the massive influx of volunteers over Christmas, but then struggle to find them for the other 364 days of the year. So if your good deeds start at Christmas, think about how you can keep giving for the rest of the year and you can make more of a difference.
Lots of news articles like this one from @newshubnz
pop up every year explaining what organisations actually need over Christmas. It reads - "Each year the Auckland City Mission feeds more than 2500 of those in need on Christmas Day, as well as providing presents for the children.
Inundated with volunteers for the meal, the mission has been accepting registrations since early October. Their quota of 650 volunteers was filled more than four weeks ago.
Since then, the mission has received thousands of additional requests to help, and is having to turn volunteers away.
City Missioner Diane Robertson says it's fantastic to see Aucklanders eager to help one another. "It's fantastic, we really love it," she says. "[However] we are telling people that we need help throughout [the year], as we don't have space for all those who volunteer. "Instead, we are asking people to keep volunteering on their mind for other times in the year and perhaps get involved in some of our other appeals, such as street collection." Ms Robertson says every year those who get in early enough to volunteer are thrilled with the experience. "They find it to be a completely buzzy experience," she says. "People come back year after year to get involved and every year we have too many volunteers." 🎄
If you do want to volunteer at this time of the year there are heaps of roles you can do, but also think outside the box; check in with your neighbours, visit them for a cuppa' or with baking, help with gardening and look for other ways you can help your neighbourhood community.