December 25th is creeping ever closer and if you’re anything like me, you are probably fairly frazzled at the thought of choosing those last minute gifts let alone finding the time to sit down and write the ever increasing list of Christmas cards.
Let’s face it, who hasn’t bought a gift for someone in a hurry, unsure if they’ll even like it and keeping the metaphorical fingers crossed when its eventually opened? Who hasn’t secretly dreaded the annual Secret Santa and breathed a huge sigh of relief but also a touch of guilt when you finally get round to posting those hastily penned cards? Isn’t Christmas supposed to be about that warm fuzzy feeling of giving, of caring, of being thankful instead of being stressed out?
It’s easy to get wrapped up (pardon the pun) in the fast pace of modern Christmases. The throwaway culture we seem to live in of always wanting “more more more” results in a huge amount of waste every single year and the number of unwanted gifts in the UK alone amounts to billions according to a recent article published by Finance.co.uk.
With this in mind, this Christmas you could not only change your gift buying traditions but also change lives, simply by donating to The Buddy Bag Foundation. Instead of buying those extra gifts or sending cards, your donation will make a real difference to children entering refuges within the UK that deal with women and children who have been victims of domestic and sexual abuse.
A Buddy Bag contains essential items for children of all ages, with pyjamas, toiletries, socks, underwear, plus comforting items such as a book, a photo frame and of course the all important Buddy Bear. Plus, this year the packs now contain a card of affirmation for the parent with positive quotes enforcing the message of love and care.
Why not make your Christmas traditions even more special this year by knowing you’ve made that difference? Perhaps instead of the secret Santa gift at work you could donate £5? That will provide the vital toiletries for a Buddy Bag. Instead of a larger gift or perhaps posting your Christmas cards you could donate £25 which is the full cost of one Buddy Bag. 100% of all money raised by The Buddy Bag Foundation goes directly to helping children, leaving you safe in the knowledge that bag will be opened by a child who perhaps won’t be getting a great deal, if anything at all, for Christmas this year.
At the time of writing, the Buddy Bag Foundation has packed over 16,000 bags – all done with love. It is clear to see that every single donation makes a vital difference to a child. Your donation, no matter how small reminds us of the true meaning of Christmas. Of giving, of caring and being thankful. And it will definitely give you that warm fuzzy feeling!
You can donate by visiting our donations page and help to make a child’s Christmas special this year.
On behalf of the Buddy Bag Foundation, thank you so much and Merry Christmas.