Give a Present, Gain a Lot

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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.


Giving is good, try it this year and help someone less fortunate than you.

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”.


A very comfy and cosy way to help the homeless this year

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

7 Responses to Give a Present, Gain a Lot

  1. Bethany December 7, 2016 at 8:56 pm

    Very interesting and thought provoking piece. Would be good if more people were able to give a donation to the charities mentioned. Good job Niamh.

  2. Joanna Finegan December 7, 2016 at 9:09 pm

    Your article really made me think. I will not see Christmas in the same light ever again. As you say, it’s no hardship to give up one small thing (out of so many we get at Christmas-time), if it makes a homeless person feel cared about. Perhaps we could extend our generosity to the new year and onwards! Thank you. Henrietta

  3. admin December 7, 2016 at 9:29 pm

    Powerful writing, Niamh

    Bill Thompson
    YJA Co-editor

  4. Karl December 7, 2016 at 10:26 pm

    Excellent writing, nice to see someone highlighting the plight of others at Christmas.

  5. Niamh December 8, 2016 at 8:38 am

    Thanks for you lovely comments have a merry xmas

  6. Mr Greenwood December 17, 2016 at 1:33 pm

    Well done Niamh, this is a powerful article. It is so important we think of others especially at this time of year.

  7. Sylvia December 20, 2016 at 5:04 pm

    A very thoughtful article, merry Christmas.