Wednesday, 28 November 2018

Ways to Give Back This Christmas in Glasgow!

Hi Guys! One of the things I am so passionate about is helping out and giving back at Christmas. It is the season of giving after all and I think it is so easy to get caught up in all the other cosy aspects of the holiday season, that sometimes we over look those less fortunate than ourselves.  
I personally chose to help closer to home and pick Glasgow - my home town every year to help out in but I'm sure some of these places will be doing things nation wide.
The use of food banks and child poverty is rising and rising in Glasgow and honestly any little thing helps. Here are ways to help out this year:

1) Lord Provost's Christmas Food Bank & New Toy Appeal
This takes place every year and one I personally donate to every year. 
This year they are looking for donates of:
  • non-perishable food items and toiletries which will go to the food banks in the city
  • toys, gifts & selection boxes (preferably unwrapped) - please remember older children and teenagers too and these will go to families in need in the city.

This is such a good cause as this helps all types of people all over the city and you know exactly where the help goes to.
You can make drop offs at:
  • City Chambers main reception
  • 231 George Street
  • 220 High Street
  • Commonwealth House

They will be accepting donations up until the 14th of December!

2) Tesco Supermarkets
Ok so the 1st one will definitely be the one I have the most information on as I have donated for 5 years now but I will try my best to give as much details for the rest as possible!
I can't speak for every single tesco (obviously I haven't been to them all in the UK)! But all the Tesco's local to myself have regular food donation stations at the front of the store, close to the doors where you can leave all kinds of non perishable foods. More recently they have had 'toy banks' in their stores in which you can hand in toys to be sent out to children at Christmas time. I love this idea as everyone pops into their local supermarket at least once a week and makes it so easy to donate when you are already there. Have a look around your local supermarket to see if they have the same or similar!

3) The Trussell Trust
The Trussell Trust is an organisation that fuel food banks all over the uk and do amazing work. They work with 15 food banks in Glasgow alone. On their website they give exact information on what to donate for food and other suggestions for non food items. On top of supplying all this, The Trussell Trust, also offer support and advice to everyone in the community and sometimes a listening ear can really make all the difference to someone's wellbeing. You can find your local Trussell Trust food bank here if you would like to make a donation. I know I have said it before but really even the smallest donation helps. Even if it is one tin of beans!

There we go guys, I really hope this inspires a little and is no way intended to be a preachy post. I just remember when I started to make donations I really didn't know where to start and this is only to be taken as a helping hand! 
Even though this post is more geared towards Glasgow, the second and third suggestions can be done all over the UK! 

Let's try and give everyone a magical Christmas this year.
Thank you,
G x


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