But I am sure that I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come round… as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time; the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely.
– Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol
After a rough Christmas downer yesterday, it only seemed appropriate that today reflect Christmas Cheer.
Numerous charities fall under the Christmas Cheer name that allow you to spread the spirit of Christmas all around.
Here are just a few trying to help spread the Christmas Cheer.
Hosted by the International Women’s Association of Vilnius and Friends (IWAV), the International Christmas Charity Bazaar (ICCB) is an event held each year to sever the children, women and elderly that are in need. Together members of embassies, international schools, hundreds of volunteers and prominent Lithuanians join together with the IWAV to host what they call the “unofficial start of the Christmas season.”
Gifts from hundreds of contributors, which include hand-made crafts, souvenirs and Christmas treats, are exchanged for a donation to the beneficiaries at the bazaar. Visitors are also welcome to partake in a lottery of prizes and enjoy a live Christmas concert. All of the funds collected at the bazaar and other Christmas events that the IWAV host will be donated to beneficiaries, whom are selected from a committee.
The Magic of Christmas is a program run out of Calgary, Canada and offers many ways for the community to be involved.
By partaking in The Magic of Christmas one can become and Elf or even learn how to be Santa – and who hasn’t always wanted to be Santa? The Magic of Christmas allows companies, organizations and their staffs and families alike to get involved in spreading the Christmas cheer.
The mission of The Magic of Christmas is to bring the spirit and cheer of Christmas into the many homes in the area that lack the emotional and/or financial resources to bring home that cheer themselves. On Christmas Eve The Magic of Christmas Santa’s and Elves pile onto the Calgary Transit buses and head out with gifts and cheer for those in need,
Along with donating to this charity, both time and money, you can refer someone that is having a blue Christmas this year to be added to Santa’s route.
Just because you don’t live in Canada does not mean you cannot donate to this great cause, if you would like to donate, you can HERE.
For those of you in the US, I am sure you have seen this one many times before, the Salvation Army Christmas Charity.
They used to dress up as Santa, stand outside and bear all types of weather. They always had their bell, ringing in hand, they never pressured you but always said thank you. They are the volunteers standing out collecting for the Christmas Charity or the “miracle” of Christmas. That red kettle and gold bell have become an iconic part of our season, and with millions donated each year it has meant that needy families, seniors and the homeless get to enjoy the spirit of Christmas.
Donations to the Salvation Army this time of year provide Christmas dinners, clothing and toys, as well as financial assistance for basic needs. Each year volunteers distribute gifts and visit shelters for sit-down dinners.
Looking for something more local?
Along with your local churches, school and shelters many other charities exist all over to help those in need this holiday season.
Christmas Cheer of Alamance County helps to enhance the lives of all involved in the event in Alamance County, North Carolina each year while another Christmas Cheer charity reaches out to the Onslow Community in Jacksonville, North Carolina.