As we begin to move into the colder months of the year, our thoughts turn to festivities, celebrating the New Year, and bundling up in the warm out of the worst of the winter weather! However, for many people around the world, the winter is a constant burden, where every single day is a struggle for survival.
From the homeless in our own communities who will be spending the winter on the streets to vulnerable people struggling across the world, now is the time to spare a thought for those in need and consider what we can do to support these people in their hour of need.
Here are some helpful ways in which you can provide assistance to those in need this winter.
Make a Donation
Donations can ensure that vital aid and assistance goes directly to those who need it most, but contrary to popular belief, donations don’t have to be monetary! Winter is a time of year when many of us feel the pinch, so you should never feel as if you have to donate money if you aren’t in a position to be able to do so.
Instead, you can donate in other ways – providing food to food banks or soup kitchens or having a clear out in your home and donating all your old or unwanted clothes, toys and homewares to charity. At this time of year, warm clothes, coats and sturdy winter footwear are both essential and in short supply, so if you can help, these are the items that will make the most difference to those out on the streets this winter.
Volunteer Your Time
Another great way to show your support is to volunteer your time for a cause that you care deeply about. There are many different ways that you can do this, ranging from volunteering in a charity shop to spending a morning volunteering at the local soup kitchen and helping to feed the hungry in your own community.
Volunteering your time is a brilliant way to give and it’s also a highly flexible option as you can volunteer as much or as little time as you have – making it perfect for fitting generosity into your busy lifestyle.
Be a Friendly Face
Winter can be an incredibly isolating time of year, especially when the weather worsens. If you have an elderly neighbour or relative, or know someone who lives alone, try to make the time to check up on them and make sure they’re doing alright.
Whether it’s just a simple chat, helping to clear someone’s driveway of ice and snow or offering to pick up some essentials from the shop for a neighbour, these are all brilliant ways to boost your community spirit and help the most vulnerable people in our society this winter.
Last but certainly not least, it’s incredibly easy to become desensitised to some of the vital issues affecting our communities. Take a little time out of your day this winter to spread the word and raise awareness of these issues and how they can affect people – this can have a wide-reaching positive effect.
Wherever you are in the world and however you choose to help, you can rest assured in the knowledge that even the smallest show of support will be greatly appreciated.
So, as you bundle up in the warm this winter, spare a thought for all the people around the world who are less fortunate. If you can, consider offering help to ease their burden even just a little – the impact will be greater than you realise!
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