5 ways to give back as a company this Christmas
It’s easy to get caught up in the manic rush of Christmas at work, planning for time off work and the all important Christmas do! As a company collective, though, there are ways you can celebrate the festive season and do something to give back to those in need and help your local community.
1. Organise a Charity Christmas Lunch
Celebrate the festivities by organising a pre-Christmas lunch for your coworkers. If you work in a large office you can arrange an intimate department gathering. Charge a small nominal ‘fee’ in exchange for compulsory party hats and decorations and have a whip round to collect donations for a worthy cause. If the wine is flowing you could even send the collection box round one more time for good measure!
2. Choose Charity Christmas Cards
This year send your Christmas wishes inside a beautiful charity Christmas card. There is a large variety of charities to support and you can choose from designs including traditional festive scenes, contemporary photographic images, cute and cuddly characters and classic festive motifs. You can also create personalised cards with your own photographs and designs. The money raised from sales is donated to UK charities, so don’t forget to send a card to all those friends you don’t often have time to see. View our range of Charity Christmas cards here.
3. Have A Monthly Charity Day
Monthly charity days and events are hugely popular in schools so why not organise a regular charity fundraising day in the workplace? For December ask coworkers to get involved with Save the Children’s Xmas Jumper Day. Wear a festive jumper to work, donate and spread the joy!
Most national charity day organisers have fundraising packs full of ideas which you can use to help funds for the cause at work. Last month, the team here at Charity Christmas Cards joined together to support Stand Up To Cancer – read all about it here.
4. Be a Generous Santa
Many companies have a Secret Santa gift buying tradition that involves anonymously buying one agreed price gift for a coworker. This year give generously by purchasing an additional gift and donating it to a local charity, for those who are less fortunate. Remember to wrap up and label your anonymous gift according to gender and age group so the charity can determine which lucky person to gift it to. Some people receive no gifts at all at Christmas, so your small gift could make their year!
5. Give Your Time
Keep the spirit of giving going throughout the year by taking on a team building initiative. Volunteering within the local community helps you see the difference your donations and efforts make to the lives of others. As volunteering groups you can prepare food for the homeless or visit elderly or vulnerable people who are isolated. Set a team challenge and allocate one work day morning or afternoon per month to give your time where it is most needed.
To find out more ways you can do something charitable this Christmas, we have links to all the charities we support with our Christmas card collections – click through on the charity of your choice to find out other ways you can help their cause: