Six ways to give back this Christmas

Whether it’s donning a silly suit, nominating a friend who’s had a shocker of a year, donating a pressie, buying a hairy t-shirt, or sending a bike to Sri Lanka, dig deep and try and be someone’s Santa this year. Here’s six easy ways to do so.

1. Nominate a friend who’s gone through Hell

Hell Pizza is granting wishes to people who have been through hell this year. Apparently Satan’s Little Helper is a reformed sinner who now wants to help unfortunate souls. Nominate a friend on its Satan’s Little Helper campaign page and you could be replacing that piece of coal of a year with a Satan-sack of joy.

So far Hell has helped Rebecca Hellens, who’s been looking after her terminally ill mum at home, by throwing her hen’s do. It also paid for Wellingtonian Michell Reddy’s MRI scan, and helped Waikato’s Richard Cox get back on his feet after losing his restaurant.

2. Wear a silly Christmas suit 

Do a selfless act this Christmas and wear a silly suit. Christmas is a time for coming together, and if you can help awkward workmates and family members come together through mutual disgust for your outfit, you might as well look in to registering yourself as a charity.

Shinesty is selling a particularly saucy range of ‘Ugly Christmas sweater suits’ here.

3. Light up a giant Christmas tree with your generosity

Westpac is putting up a Giving Tree in Takutai Square, Auckland between the 12th and 21st December. Every person who donates adds a light to the tree – so everyone better pitch in to make sure we don’t collectively look like greedy scrooges with a dimly lit tree.

Donations go to the For Everyone Charitable Foundation, founded by Richie McCaw, Dan Carter and Ali Williams to fund community-based projects around the country. 

4. Get on your bike 

ChildFund has built a Christmas tree entirely out of bicycles to celebrate the jolly season and raise awareness about the importance of bicycles in lifting children out of poverty – get down to Queens Wharf in Auckland to see it. ChildFund New Zealand chief executive Paul Brown says bikes have been identified as the key to giving children living in poverty in the developing world better access to an education and in turn improving their chances of prospering in future.  

Bike-tree fans can then buy a bicycle for a child living in ChildFund projects through ChildFund’s Gifts that Grow catalogue.

5. Buy hairy stocking fillers

Iconic hair-dos are seperated from their owners on a new set of tees jointly released by fashion label WORLD and Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand in time for Christmas. The bouncy curls of Marilyn Monroe or the slick full quiff of Elvis cater for various tastes, with all profits from the sales going to Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand.

This release follows Frida, Grease and Bowie tees released earlier this year for Shave for a Cure, which are also designed by WORLD and illustrated by Sam Yong. Kudos to .99 for the sexy photoshoot – I’m telling Santa I want a Marilyn.

6. Wrap up a pressie and give it to charity

Last week One News reported the Salvation Army needs 45,000 presents for children in poverty in New Zealand this year, but had only received 4000. There hasn’t been many communications from the Sallies to the public about gifting presents this year, rather they ask for donations, but from the looks of things it needs both. If you needed a sign, this is it.

City Mission has completed its Pack the Bus pressie run, but you can still donate by texting BUS to 4847 to donate $3.

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