Give a Present, Gain a Lot
How many presents will you get at Christmas? 5? 10? 15? Maybe more? Why not consider giving one of your presents to someone who is homeless this year.
Christmas is a time for giving and receiving, thinking of others and spending time with people you love. So, losing one present wouldn’t be a big issue for you but for a homeless person to receive one might make a big difference. Take a Barbie doll for instance, do you really need it? Think how the money could be used to give a person living on the streets, a Christmas they will always remember and a Christmas you will always remember too.
It is a luxury to spend time with your family and friends over the festive holidays but many homeless people don’t have this luxury. When you are having your Christmas dinner with the tantalising turkey, the crispy roast potatoes and your delicious Christmas puddings, outside a homeless person isn’t going to have that type of food. Bea Finegan a Lincoln local said “At Christmas I always to give a donation to a homeless charity because each day when I see someone without a home sitting in the street it makes me realise how lucky I am to always be around those who love me, especially in the Christmas month”.
There are charities out there such as Shelter, Centre Point and Lincoln’s Nomad Trust who work with the homeless at Christmas and throughout the year. Shelter are running a really comfy fundraiser this year too on the 9th of December called ‘Slippers for Shelter’. It is the easiest, cosiest fundraiser around. If your teachers agree you might even be able to wear your slippers to school. To get involved, all you need to do is wear your slippers on December 9th and make a donation to Shelter. Visit their website here to find out more
So, when you’re writing to Santa or telling your parents what you want for Christmas consider asking them to donate some money to a homeless charity, and spread some of the Christmas cheer.
By Niamh. Year 6
Manor Leas Newsroom