8 Ways You Can Give Something Back Across Merseyside This Christmas

Liverpool is known for being a generous city, famous for the accolade; “He’d give you the coat off his back” and Christmas stirs up even more community spirit than usual.

Helping to support a local cause this December is easier than ever and needn’t cost you a penny. Whether you donate a gift, some cash or your time, here’s 8 ways you can help make Christmas a happy time for someone less fortunate this year.

1 – Yummy’s Scouse Christmas

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After feeding 170 people on Christmas Day last year, local businessman Simon Whitter and a team of volunteers have gone one (huge) step further and set up Yummy’s Scouse Christmas 2016, which aims to feed 1000 local people, over 8 different locations on Christmas day. ‘No one should have no one’ is the founder’s belief so from 12-3pm on December 25th, anyone who is homeless, socially excluded, marginalised families, and the elderly are invited to attend their local centre and share in the festive spirit.

Give the gift of time this Christmas and pop along to help peel veg, lay tables, dress Christmas trees, wrap gifts or distribute goods to the different locations around the city. Click here to find out more, and spread the word to those who might like to attend.

 

2 – Highfield Elderly Tennant Association

Staff at DWP Job Centre, Bootle have decided to rally around and support the Highfield Elderly Tennant Association and St Anne’s Stanley Church, Prescot Road by creating food hampers for the elderly this winter. Filled with tins and every day items such as soups, tea bags, biscuits and a Christmas card, the hampers can be wrapped in Christmas paper and will be delivered to those who need them most, throughout the festive period. You can make donations of canned goods or drop off your own hamper at the Job Centre, 218 Stanley Road, Bootle.

 

3 – Freshfield Animal Rescue Centre

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It’s going to be a long winter for the residents of Freshfield Animal Rescue Centre with the rising cost of expensive heating and lighting bills, the staff face a major challenge to keep injured animals warm and safe. They need food for all kinds of creatures great and small; blankets in good condition, and toys & treats to let our animals know they are loved this Christmas. The staff have selected the specific items which are most needed at the moment for each of the Units: Wildlife, Cattery, Kennels, Fox Unit and Farm. You can check out what’s most urgently needed at the Amazon Wish List here and send them directly; it’s the best and easiest way to donate your gifts and to make a furry friend feel loved this Christmas. Click here to find out more about Freshfield and the amazing work they do.

 

4 – Radio City Cash for Kids, Mission Christmas

In 2015 Cash for Kids raised over £1 million in gifts and cash and supported more than 28,300 local children and this year they want to achieve even more. You can support this amazing appeal by buying an extra present that Cash for Kids can give to a disadvantaged local child to make their Christmas morning special. They need new and unwrapped gifts suitable for children and young people aged 0-18 years, and you can donate at lots of different drop-off points across the region from the 14th November. Click here to check out where the drop off points are.

 

5 – Merseyside Shoebox Full of Love Appeal

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Liverpool residents are being invited to spread festive cheer this C hristmas by volunteering to donate a shoebox filled with gifts in aid of the homeless and victims of domestic abuse across Merseyside. ‘Shoebox Full of Love’, now in it’s third year was set up by Huyton-born Vorny Redmond and aims to provide items such as wash kits, books, winter accessories and pre-paid travel tickets, for those less fortunate. Items can be donated separately or in a wrapped shoebox or gift bag and can be dropped off at more than 25 points around the city. Click here for a list of preferred items and to find out more.

 

6 – The Homeless Period

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The Homeless Period is a volunteer-led campaign providing vulnerable women across Liverpool with sanitary items. Currently in desperate need for donations of sanitary items, underwear and packets of baby wipes, those wishing to help can drop off donations at CJ in the City at Herbert’s Bling Bling Building. For more details check out the campaign Facebook page here and do your bit.

 

7 – Pyjama Party Liverpool

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Since 2013 mum and daughter duo Karen and Ash, have been extending a Liverpool Christmas tradition to young people and children around the North West by collecting and distributing brand new pyjamas on Christmas Eve. Last year they received almost 2000 pairs of pjays and made Christmas eve that little bit more magical for so many families from Wirral, Knowsley, Halton, Sefton and of course Liverpool. You can donate a pair of pyjamas to tonnes of drop off points across the city by clicking here.

 

8 – KIND Christmas Hampers

Liverpool Children’s charity, KIND has been supporting disadvantaged children for over 40 years and this year they’re appealing to local people to help bring a bit of festive cheer to those less fortunate. You can help restore some Christmas magic by making a cash donation or fundraise with a bake sale or dress down day at work or by visiting the KIND pop up shop on Williamson Street in the city centre. Just £65 can create a delicious food hamper that means a family doesn’t have to go without. Find out more by clicking here.

Check out the notice boards of your local churches, supermarkets and newsagents for leaflets on local appeals and see if you can make a difference to someone less fortunate this Christmas.

And don’t forget, if you need to talk to someone this Christmas, you can call the Samaritans, from any type of phone, on 116 132.

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