It's official, Christmas has arrived in Cambridge! Locals headed to the picturesque Market Square to watch the big Christmas lights switch-on and get into the festive spirit. What seasonal treats have you got in store for the coming weeks? Whether it’s visiting a Christmas market or attending a Christmas party, here’s how you can make this Christmas the season of goodwill.
Chestnuts roasting on an open fire
We bet your shopping trolley is going to be filled with seasonal goodies like chestnuts, cheeses and champagne, so we’re encouraging you to add a few extra things to your Christmas shop that can be donated to your local food bank. Cambridge City Foodbank helps local people in crisis and depends on donations from people in the community. There are currently eight locations around the city where you can leave your donations, if you’re wondering what to donate you can find a shopping list online.
Before you tackle the shops, take a look in your kitchen cupboards, you might be surprised by the tins, cans and more that you’ve never used but would be gratefully received by someone else.
Deck the halls with boughs of holly
You can deck your halls with fresh holly but what about your decorations? You’re forgiven for buying new decorations each year, but what are you doing with the old ones? It’s time for a sort out. Next time you’re in the attic, gather all of your decorations, old and new, and decide what you’re going to keep. Not every family can afford to deck their halls. Care homes, nurseries, and hospitals etc also accept donations of decorations each year.
Do they know it’s Christmas time at all?
Unfortunately, not everyone is lucky enough to receive a present at Christmas, which is why the Salvation Army is doing their bit to make sure that no child goes with a present this year. Before Santa delivers a sack full of toys to your home, find any unopened toys that can be donated to this appeal.
In the spirit of Christmas, go through your child’s old toys and games and ask them to donate what they no longer use to a child who may not even know it’s Christmas. The Cambridge Women’s Aid relies on donations to help meet the basic needs of women and children in crisis, your child’s unused and unwanted toys can ensure that no one misses out, no matter what difficulties are in their life.
Walking in a winter wonderland
At this time of year, homeless charities are crying out for donations such as warm clothing, blankets, toiletries and food. Rough sleeping is improving in the UK but not in Cambridge, meaning that our local charities need your help now more than ever.
If you’re having a clear-out before Christmas consider donating items to a local charity who are doing their bit to help the homeless. Charities include Cambridge Cyrenians, Jimmy’s Cambridge, Winter Comfort, and Cambridge Hun.
Oh Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree
There’s nothing like the smell of a real Christmas tree, but what do you usually do with your tree after Christmas? Far too many trees are left to rot or dumped at the end of the garden. This year, Arthur Rank Hospice Charity will collect your tree in exchange for a donation. Say goodbye to needles in your car and queuing at the tip, this Cambridgeshire-based charity will do it all for you. Last year they raised £26,000 by collecting over 1800 trees, can you help them surpass that total in January 2020?
We hope that you will join our team in spreading Christmas cheer throughout Cambridge this year!