Christmas is a time for giving, so here is a roundup of some of the people that might truly appreciate your generosity in our area this Christmas.
Gloucester City Mission is opening its winter night shelter during the coldest months. Could you sponsor a bed for someone for the night? The shelter provides up to 15 beds per night for 122 nights over the winter period. Donations cover the cost of dinner, breakfast and a packed lunch, plus a bed, laundry, showers, clothes and toiletries and safety. Sponsoring a bed for the night costs £25. Visit www.gloscitymission.org.uk to donate.
Gloucestershire Bundles is a baby bank helping families in need, with toiletries, clothing, toys, books and equipment. People must be referred in order to use the service. Visit forcommongood.co.uk and find a shopping list of things that they would like to be able to provide for their clients and see what you can afford to contribute.
Mums on the frontline of the climate crisis face impossible choices every day. Christian Aid is encouraging people to use its Christmas resources to encourage your worshipping community to donate too. Donations could help build more boreholes, provide seeds and farming tools and give mums the chance to set up small businesses.
Christmas isn’t Christmas without a Children’s Society Christingle service. The cosy glow of a candle, the smell of Christmas oranges and sweets and sound of beloved Christmas carols filling churches, all helps to spread the Christmas spirit, while raising money to help the organisation work with young people to counsel and support them through their most serious life challenges.
Roots Coffee Community is going to be doing a toy drive for families in Kingsholm, Gloucester this year. On 3 and 4 of December, you can drop off unwanted high-quality toys on the 3rd and come and buy toys on the 4 for the cost of a donation to charity (very loose, just give what you can). “The idea is families who might struggle to afford presents for their kids can grab a bargain and we’re (hopefully) reusing a whole load of plastic toys which might otherwise find their way to landfill.”