1st December, 2015

A gift for good

I have enough stuff. I think maybe you have enough stuff. Your friends and family, maybe, have enough stuff.

On #GivingTuesday I’d like to champion the idea this Christmas, of saying ‘I have enough stuff’, so rather than giving me another candle or tub of body butter, I’m forfeiting most of my Christmas presents and asking friends and families to donate to a cause close to my heart.

After packing my children’s old winter clothes in boxes bound for Calais and Lesvos for families fleeing for their lives I am asking my friends and family to help pay for shipment of essentials collected by my Townsfolk to refugees.

Whilst I was neatly folding my children’s old winter clothes, remembering freezing days at the beach and in the park, I wondered who would be wondering round in my daughter’s bright pink anorak next. Like the red coat in Schindler’s List, that little item of clothing is going on a journey.  And it gives me comfort to think that one day soon, a child with nothing will at last have some protection from the impending harsh foreign winter.

That’s what’s getting me stirred up this Christmas.  Maybe for you, it’s the loneliness of old people, or the mental health of ex-service men and women, or neglected children, abused animals, or the deterioration of your local park.

Whatever cause close to your heart, if like me, you have enough stuff, how about asking for a gift for good?

I’d love to hear if you’re inspired to ask others to support good causes this Christmas and who you’d like money to be donated to.




Image: Wrapped Christmas Presents by m01229


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    A wonderful response from friends and family, two of whom have asked me to make a donation instead of giving them a gift. Share the love!

    Emma Insley on 8th December, 2015 at 9:18 pm Reply

    Yes, Yes,Yes love, love love this Emma. x

    Wendy on 1st December, 2015 at 6:07 pm Reply
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