Remembering what's important this festive season

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For many of us, the end of the year means festive decorations, delicious food & quality time spent with the special people in our lives. For others however, it can be a time of loneliness & isolation. The good news is, there is a lot that you can do that can make a huge difference to the vulnerable people in your community.

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The elderly are particularly affected during this season, often with family overseas or having relatives that have already passed away. Stopping in for a coffee, a stroll around the garden, or dropping off some freshly baked cookies makes the world of difference. When we make time to check in on our neighbours and be actively involved in our communities, we contribute to a stronger, safer and more supportive environment where all people can experience a sense of belonging.


The most valuable thing you can offer is your time. Charities are always on the hunt for volunteers, from supporting the elderly and disabled, environmental and social initiatives, or mentorship for children at risk there are a plethora of causes you can get involved with. Research and see who needs support in your area and who you may be interested in volunteering for.


Is the toy room well overstocked? The linen cupboard needing a clear out? Old towels no longer of use? There are many charities that can benefit from the household items that are cluttering up your spaces. From The Salvation Army to the SPCA, there are organisations all over the country that will appreciate blankets, canned food, clothing & towels. Donating these kinds of items is a great way of contributing without having to dig into your pockets during a time where many of us are already under more financial pressure than usual.

Christmas is a wonderful time to connect with family and friends, but equally, an opportunity to give back to those in need. Embrace the festive season this year by checking in on your neighbours, volunteering some time or donating to one of the many fantastic charities we have in New Zealand.

Take a look at this list to get some ideas of charities that may benefit from your contribution.