Our mission is to inspire and support people, businesses, charities and other organisations to contribute and volunteer in their local communities. So, if you’re looking to spread some Christmas cheer, we can’t think of a better way than helping others and volunteering or making a donation this Christmas.
For many the Christmas tree simply epitomises the festive season and many count down the days until they can get their tree up and decorated in their home. Unfortunately, though for many Christmas can be a hard time of the year and those who are less fortunate may not have this to look forward to.
How can you help? Well we think there’s four very easy ways you can spread the Christmas cheer this year. Take a look at how you can do a good deed in the lead up to the festive period.
Donate your artificial tree
For many households, recycling the same Christmas tree every year is tradition, however artificial trees can become scruffy looking over time so it’s not uncommon that people decide to buy a new one. Instead of throwing away your old one, which is probably still in better condition than you thought why not donate it to your local charity shop. Charity shops will sell it at a significantly discounted price making it available to a less fortunate family to still bring the festive spirit into their home whilst making a contribution to a worthy cause.
Donate your decorations
Similar to above, we hear about people buying new decorations every year, whether that’s because your existing ones have seen better days or because you’ve decided to opt for a different colour scheme or style this year. Don’t waste perfectly good decorations though, if your baubles are still intact and your lights still twinkle there’ll be someone else who can make use of them. As well as donating to charity shops, hospitals, nursing homes and community centres will happily take donations to help bring the festivities into their premises.
Christmas Present Appeal
A Christmas tree isn’t complete without the presents underneath, however some people aren’t as fortunate as others, which is where the Christmas Present Appeal comes in. Primarily ran by the Salvation Army, there are also other local charities that run a similar incentive, where you can donate new, unwrapped toys and gifts for children who might not otherwise receive a Christmas present. The gifts will then be wrapped and distributed to those in need.
Donate your real tree!
We work together with hospices, businesses and volunteers to collect and recycle real Christmas trees and raise money for hospices and other local charities. Our main event is the Charity Christmas tree collection which is a fun community event which takes place after Twelfth Night in January. So instead of just disposing of your old tree why not register for the Christmas tree collection in January 2020 and make a donation that will make a difference.
In January 2019, we partnered with 35 hospices to run the Christmas tree collection with volunteers collecting and recycling more than 33,233 real Christmas trees from homes and businesses across England and Wales. Donations together with Gift Aid raised £412,535 which was distributed to hospices and local charities.
Want to donate your tree this year? Registration will open on the 15th November 2019.
Want to get involved? You can make a difference by becoming a JustHelping volunteer. We need volunteers with a range of skills to help us. Whether you want to help with the Christmas tree collection or with our central team, we need hands across the UK. We also value the support of local businesses through match funding, fundraising or volunteering.