This post was first published in 2018, but has been lovingly updated for 2019 as it’s full of wonderful ideas in the spirit of Christmas. Enjoy.
‘Tis the season for giving and receiving and what I love about Norwich is there seems to be a real community vibe and people wanting to help others, particularly during the holiday season.
I’ve put together a few suggestions for how you and/or your little ones can help others this Christmas, but please get in touch with any other ideas you have, or add them to the Norwich Mumbler Chat Group thread and I’ll add them on.
1. Pack a hamper for Norwich Foodbank
*Apologies as deadline for the hamper was 6th December, however PLEASE DO get in touch and see if there is anything else they need. They are always looking for donations*
It’s always wise to visit an organisations website or Facebook page first where you’ll find lots of information on the types of donations they desperately need, or those that they can’t accept for Health & Safety reasons.
3. Buy a Book for a Child in Care
The annual Giving Tree Appeal is at the Waterstones branch in Castle Street in Norwich.
The tree, which can be found in the Castle Street branch of Waterstones in Norwich, is decorated with dozens of tags, each representing a child and the book they would like to receive this Christmas. Customers wishing to support the appeal can buy the books which will be wrapped and sent to the children in time for Christmas.
If you can’t get to Waterstones, you can also take part online.
Deadline: Monday 9th December 2019
4. Norwich Open Christmas
Open Christmas is for anyone who is alone or homeless on Christmas Day. It’s completely free at St Andrew’s Hall, Norwich.
“Basket Brigade is an annual charity event in Norwich, inspired by Anthony Robbins; delivering unconditional kindness in the form of food hampers. It is a global initiative that has been running for over 30 years and feeds around three million people worldwide every Christmas.”
You can Volunteer, Donate or Nominate someone who has had a tough time to receive a basket HERE.
8. Norwich Soup Movement (as mentioned in an article in The Guardian this week)
The Norwich Soup Movement is a small Norwich based organisation aiming to feed, clothe and offer assistance to the homeless.