Christmas is a time when many charities find that people are more inclined to make donations. This is mainly because at this time of year, we realise that it’s important to share the joy with those less fortunate. Christmas is a time when you are reminded to be good, to show ‘goodwill to all men’. On top of this is the fact that there are so many ways to help others and raise money whilst also having fun. Whether you are looking for some festive fun or have been tasked with organising a fundraiser, here are some suggestions for you.

christmas snowman decorationSantas Grotto

Starting with one of the best loved traditions is the Santas Grotto. This is a rite of passage for many parents and children, where mom and dad take a photo of their little one on Santas lap. Children love to impart their Christmas wishes to Santa, even if they know he’s not the ‘real’ Santa but just an elf who’s helping out at this busy time of year. Organise this with your local church or recreation hall, get together to decorate the room and find the best person to play Santa you can. Add a few games, like a tombola, or whack-a-rat and before you know it you’ll have a Christmas fayre you can charge a small fee for people to enter.

Christmas Carolling

This is less popular than it used to be, but this is part of the charm. I would recommend waiting for a day when it’s lightly snowing to get the best results and capitalise on our cultural memories of Victorian Chrismasses past. Make sure the charity you are fundraising for is clearly displayed on the back of the Christmas carol books and surprise a family with some Dickensian magic.

Children’s Cake Sales

This is one to keep the kids entertained on those dark winter evenings when they can’t play outside. Organise with the school to hold a small cake sale during morning break and spend a couple of days before baking Christmas cookies in the shape of Xmas trees, stars, baubles and robins. Have fun decorating them, then sell them for 5p or 10p at school. A representative from your chosen charity might then like to come in for assembly. It’s a win-win: the children have fun, money is raised and everyone can learn in the process.

Toymaking for Children in Hospital

Rather than raising funds, this idea is more about ‘raising toys’. Contact local craft enthusiasts and knitting groups and ask them to create their favourite material, knitted and crocheted teddy bears, dolls and other toys. These can then be donated to the local hospital, to be given out to the children who are spending Christmas in hospital this year. Not all good deeds need to be based on giving money, you can share the Christmas charity gifts with children who might have a tough year ahead of them.

Of course, if you are interested in sharing the joy with a child in need this year, you could consider sponsoring a child in a third world country.