The quintessential Christmas charity is probably the Salvation Army. Personally, though, I’m uncomfortable donating to the SA due to their historic (and contemporary) attitudes to LGBT people, and, of their militaristic, evangelical style of Christianity.
Enough hate. Today’s window opens on other and perhaps worthier causes (chosen in entirely idiosyncratic and incomplete fashion by me) to which you might like to donate this Christmas!
- The Trussell Trust Food Banks: helping feed the 13,000,000 British people living below the poverty line.
- Crisis at Christmas
- Birmingham Christmas Shelter, open to ALL across Christmas.
- Shelter’s Christmas Emergency: working to help the 75,000 UK children who will be homeless this Christmas.
- Help for homeless people – St. Mungo’s
- Buttle UK (small grants to enable families in extreme poverty to fix washing machines, boilers, or to buy a bed for their children etc.)
- Save The Children: Gaza Crisis Appeal
- The Gatehouse, Oxford (for homeless people aged over 25)
- Kids Company – you can even buy a present for a Kids Company child directly, this year, by going to the wishlist (click “buy a gift” and then enter 525473). There’s everything from bibs and potties to cookbooks, craft kits, notebooks and bedding.
Of course, not everyone has spare cash for donations at the moment. So, here are places where just a few moments’ clicking or playing allows you to donate to charity without spending any money yourself:
- FreeRice (World Food Hunger Programme)
- The Hunger Site
- The Child Health Site
- The Literacy Site
- Care2: Children International (click to help children in need of sponsorship)
Dr Sophie Duncan is Fellow in English at Christ Church, University of Oxford. She works regularly as a historical advisor and as a dramaturg for theatre, TV, radio and film. She likes theatre, detective fiction and cocktails.