It's no secret I'm an animal lover, right? I'm pretty sure it's common knowledge. I love to do my bit for charities close to my heart too. Now there are a heck of a lot of ways to help out, from taking part in fundraising events, doing your own sponsored event, donating in change tins, monthly donation schemes, animal adoptions and so on, but if for any reason you can't help in those ways or would like an extra, more personal way to give this post is for you!
This probably looks like a right load of random rubbish but I assure you it was all thought out. This was, in fact, our Christmas gift box for the Monkey World Ape Sanctuary in Dorset. We've been long time fans of the place, my family, despite it being at the opposite end of the country. We used to watch their show on TV years and years ago which led me to adopt an Orangutan there named Hsiao-Ning, then go on a family trip to visit when I was maybe around 14/15.
Quite a few years later (for my 21st birthday) I did my skydive in aid of the Jim Cronin Memorial fund for them and to this day want to continue supporting in any way I can. The work they do is so important and fantastic.
So while having a little nose on the website, updating myself on residents and such I found their shoe box appeal! It's just like Operation Christmas Child but for the apes!With a shopping list in hand of what they needed, we grabbed some bits and pieces to fill up our box. It was a bit larger than a shoe box but all we had, and it fit everything perfectly.
Now you can adapt this theory to suit pretty much any charity of your choice. An animal sanctuary or rescue center, homeless shelter or children's charity - anything. Have a peek at their website (if they have one) or even give them a call to check what kind of items they are in the biggest need of and fill up a box! It's literally that simple. It needn't break the bank either if, like me, you don't have much spare money - just pick up one or two extra bits each time you go to the shop and pop it in the box to build up until it's full!
I wasn't going to do this post as I prefer to do charitable donations etc without 'bragging' as I think that takes away from what you are doing. It feels pretty awesome to sponsor someone or donate anonymously and people just wonder who it is - don't you think? Anyways, I'm sharing this to urge you to try it too. I left it until now because places need donations all year round, not just at Christmas when most people tend to give.
In the comments, I want to know your favorite charity, big or small, worldwide or a local one and a link to their site. Oh and let me know who you would like to put together a care package for!
I don't often ask people to share my posts either but do feel free to share this one if you'd like. <3
PS - The chocolates were for the staff, not the apes, obviously...