Giving back this Christmas

By Jo Phillips

We at .Cent are going to do a Secret Santa for our upcoming Christmas party next week and have decided that each present has to come from a charity shop.
If you’re still looking for presents and don’t know where to get them from, you may consider going to a charity shop as well, so you not only make your friends and family happy, but also help other people around the world with your presents.
Another option to do something good this season is to directly donate to charities. In our advent calendar on our website, we present different charities each day.
These are the charities which we’ve featured in our advent calendar so far:

Battersea Dogs & Cats Home: This charity rehomes dogs and cats and their aim is to never turn away a dog or cat in need of help and to care for them until loving new homes can be found. They are supporters of vulnerable dogs and cats and determine to create lasting changes for animals in our society. Every year, they care for over 8,000 dogs and cats.

Age UK: This is the country’s largest charity dedicated to helping everyone make the most of later life. It provides services and support at a national and local level to inspire, enable and support older people. Their vision is for a world where everyone can love later life.

The Survivors Trust: This charity believes that all survivors of rape and sexual abuse are entitled to receive the best possible response to their needs whether or not they choose to report. Their aim is to support survivors through raising awareness about sexual abuse.

Rainbow Trust: They support families who have a child aged 0-18 years of age with a life threatening or terminal illness. They support the whole family and the support is hugely varied and depends on the needs of the family.

Depression Alliance: This mental health charity provides advice and support to anyone with a mental health problem. Together, they aim to end the loneliness and isolation of depression and they offer self help groups to learn more about depression, treatment and recovery.

The One Foundation: This charity has a simple vision: a world in which everyone has access to clean and safe water, forever. Over 663 million people around the world still don’t have access to safe drinking water. Their 2016-2020 strategy focuses on four priority countries which are Rwanda, Kenya, Malawi and Ghana. They aim to provide clean water to some of the poorest and hardest to reach communities.

Little Princess Trust: They provide real hair wigs free of charge to children that have lost their own hair due to cancer treatment and other illnesses. They work with experienced hairdressers who offer wigs tailored to the individual child’s needs to give the most realistic look and feel.

Invisible Girl Project: Gendercide is the Genocide of a specific gender group, which in this case is the mass killing of girls and women. In India, girls are discriminated against and murdered, just because they are female and 50 million girls are missing from India’s population, due to gendercide. Invisible Girl Project is committed to shedding light on this atrocity, combatting it, and caring for its survivors. It raises global awareness concerning the loss of female lives in India, pursues justice for the lives lost, and assists Indian organizations in the rescue of Indian girls.

Crisis: Crisis is the national charity for single homeless people. They are dedicated to ending homelessness by delivering life-changing services and campaigning for change. Their work is in the key areas of employment, education, housing, and health.

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