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Blogmas Day 20

Charity Donation

As a family, we like to do something for charity at Christmas time. This year, we chose to fill a box with Christmas treats for our local foodbank.

1,332,952

That is the number of three-day emergency food supplies that Trussell Trust Foodbanks gave out between 2017-2018 in the UK.

Christmas is a particularly stressful time of year for families living in poverty. I did a little research and discovered that the foodbanks were in need of Christmas treats such as selection boxes and sweets for children. Of course, healthy meals are vitally important, but at Christmas time, it’s nice for families to have a treat too.

We chose a box that we felt we were realistically able to fill by the beginning of December, and then asked friends and family if they would donate just one item to our box. Everyone was so generous!

(Before and after pics)

The foodbank is a worthy, local cause, so we implore you to do the same for the foodbank in your area. Whether you collect a box of donations or put one item in a collection point. It is a worthwhile cause that can help your local community.

For a full list of items the food banks can use and information on how to donate click here.


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Blogmas Day 14

We Got Our Jingle On

Whilst procrastinating on Pinterest, I saw a fun idea that hasn’t really taken off in the UK…yet. ‘You’ve been Jingled’ is a great way to spread some Christmas cheer to friends and neighbours.

I told my daughter about it, and she begged me to start off a jingle train. Our targets… her besties.

We bought a gift bag and filled it with some treats. We made a little poem to explain the concept to the recipients and to encourage them to join in.

When you jingle someone you’re not supposed to be caught leaving the treats. As this was near impossible in our situation, us Mums had a chat before hand, but the children were none the wiser.

We had good fun doing this. It is always a bonus knowing we’ve put a smile on someone’s face too.

If you want to get your Jingle on, here is the poem we created:

‘You’ve Been Jingled!’

We wanted to spread some Christmas cheer,

After all it’s that time of year.

These goodies come from us to you,

With hope that you will do it too.

Leave your treats, but don’t get caught,

Show someone they’re in your thoughts.

Merry Christmas!


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Blogmas Day 10

Donations not Cards

Blogmas day 10 is all about something I saw for the first time yesterday. Dontsendmeacard.com is a site set up to stop people wasting money on cards and postage etc and to make a donation to charity instead. It is a great way to cut down recycling and help charities.

It’s such a simple yet ingenious concept. You pick your charity, choose how much you would have spent on cards, compose an ecard with your message of choice, pay via card or paypal (the money goes straight to that charity), and then send up to 100 ecards to friends and family.

Unfortunately, I have already sent Christmas cards this year, and I have given to charity, but this is a must for me next Christmas. I would also be thrilled to see that someone I know has donated to charity in lew of giving me a card.

I just had to share!


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