As the winter months approach and the amount of available daylight lessens your thoughts will probably be turning towards Christmastime and all the planning – and expense – entailed in organizing presents, food, family and friends. Charities also have much greater costs to meet in the colder months, with higher heating and energy bills.
Animal charities such as the RSPCA also usually face an increase in the number of animals that need their help. Most of us are familiar with the phrase ‘A dog is for life, not just for Christmas’ which was borne out of a time when puppies were regularly gifted to children at Christmas and abandoned early in the New Year. Yet winter still sees more abandoned animals and more people handing their pets into animal shelters. This might be because people are finding it more difficult to pay their bills and simply cannot afford to keep their pets as well.
Charities rely on the kindness and generosity of members of the public to raise funds. If you would like to make a real difference to an animal this winter, take a look at RSPCA Choice’s website and choose a project that you would like your money to be spent upon. Create a fundraising page to be shared online to promote your event and generate as much interest as possible.
Some winter-themed charity events that you could organize could be:
- Christmas wrapping – offer to wrap your family’s, friends’ or colleagues’ Christmas presents for a fixed fee per parcel or a suggested donation. Or make inquiries at your local shopping center to ask whether they would permit you to set up a wrapping stall for their customers to use with a suggested minimum donation.
- Sponsored sledge run – if it snows, head on up a local, steep hill and be sponsored for how many times you sledge down. If no snow falls, head to an indoor sports center that offers indoor sledging all year round.
- Hot chocolate and cake – there is nothing nicer than having a thick hot chocolate (with marshmallows and cream, of course) and maybe a slice of cake when it’s cold outside. Invite friends and family round for a twist on the usual coffee morning, with a suggested donation for entry.
- Bag packing – ask at your local supermarket for permission to ask customers if they would like help to pack their grocery shopping (most people have a lot more shopping to buy in the run-up to Christmas). Take promotional material to inform customers of what their money will be used for and keep a bucket handy for donations.
- Make a fundraising calendar – these are easy to create online and you can sell them at work or to friends and family for a price that will cover your outlay and make a profit for the charity. For an animal-themed calendar look online for photos you can download for free.
Make use of the free downloads available through RSPCA Choices to organize and promote your event and for details of how to send them the money you manage to raise. Good luck!