10 ways you can help those in need in Leeds this Christmas

For many, the Christmas period is a cosy time for catching up with family and friends, curling up by the fire and stuffing yourself with food - but not everyone is so lucky.

Friday, 20th December 2019, 6:00 am
Help others in Leeds this Christmas.

This Christmas, plenty of organisations need help to make sure everyone has a safe and warm Christmas. Here are 10 ways you can help organisations at home in Leeds this Christmas, from volunteering to donating.

Run by Age UK, every time you eat at the Arch Cafe your money goes towards helping the elderly stay safe, warm and in good company. The Christmas lunch is also a very reasonable price and three courses.
Leeds North and West food bank is running a reverse advent calendar where you can drop a donation off a day. List of items can be found here: https://leedsnorthandwest.foodbank.org.uk/news/foodbank-reverse-advent-calendar-appeal/

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Through Amnesty, you can write a pick-me-up letter to someone who has been falsely imprisoned this Christmas: https://www.amnesty.org/en/get-involved/write-for-rights/ a small action with a big impact.
Join Leeds United stars and donate presents or your cash to Mission Christmas, which gifts presents to kids in need: http://www.cashforkids.uk.com/mission/
The Samaritans Purse shoebox appeal has now closed - but you can still pack a shoebox online full of gifts for a child in need here: https://www.samaritans-purse.org.uk/what-we-do/operation-christmas-child/
Re-engage, a charity helping the elderly feel less lonely, is encouraging local people to either host or attend Christmas events to help these people feel less alone: https://www.reengage.org.uk/support-us/community-christmas/
Yorkshire bike libraries help families and children get access to bikes if they dont have or cant afford them - and you can donate a bike to help: https://bikelibraries.yorkshire.com/get-involved/
Leeds Cares is the charity partner of Leeds Teaching Hospitals, and needs volunteers on 21st December for a Santas grotto and Park Run: https://leeds-cares.org/volunteer-with-leeds-cares-at-christmas/
If youd like to support the homeless over Christmas, consider donating your time or money to Crisis at Christmas, who help keep the homeless safe and warm during the cold season.
St Gemmas Hospice needs donations to keep providing end-of-life care to people round the clock over the festive season: https://www.st-gemma.co.uk/festivefundraising