Charitable Christmas Dancing In The Street. CCGG #19

Blogmas on the CancerCarerChats blog is a daily charitable Christmas gift guide with a twist - each post will feature an idea for a charitable act.  Christmas is a time for giving whether it be for someone you know or for a stranger.  Take the time at this time of the year to do a good deed, just one small act can help someone who is less fortunate than you are.  
As a reminder, my mum was diagnosed with Stage IV ovarian cancer in March 2017 when I started this blog to raise awareness of the importance of early detection of ovarian cancer and my life as a carer.  I care for my mum, trying to ease some of the load on her and walk by her side on this journey.  It’s just as hard to watch someone you love go through pain, than to experience it yourself.

For me and I'm sure many others, Christmas is about the food.  Lots of it and all of it delicious.  However, I've always been health conscious aswell and since my mother was diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer in March 2017, even more so.  I like to ensure I get some exercise, no matter how small, regularly but it's something which I like I'm sure others find difficult to do during the winter months.  Christmas and the January sales are also prime times for charity collectors to be on the streets, amongst the Christmas shoppers rattling their buckets and collecting money for charities and for this they need help!  This year, why not combine exercise with some good will and volunteer to help a local charity collect donations either door-to-door or amongst the shoppers.  Have fun with it.  Dress to impress, dance in the streets and sing for cash.  As shoppers, we all know how hard it is to ignore someone who is clearly putting their heart into a performance but if you're too shy, then purely by rattling a bucket and kindly asking for donations, you will be assisting a charity and doing a good deed.  If even that is too daunting then place a discreet tin or container with a label of your local charity in a public place either around your house or a public area of your workplace where there is a high level of footfall.  

If you'd like to assist a charity this Christmas by collecting donations then I would start by contacting your chosen charity and asking for advice of how you could collect donations from the public.  They will be able to provide you with tips and in some cases resources too.  But remember, the one thing we must ensure is that we are fully aware of the legalities involved in collecting for charity, especially if the intention is to collect in public.  The last thing you need when you are trying to do something good, is to get arrested by the police and get your name splashed all over the local papers for being a fraudster.  So other than seeking advice from your chosen charity read the guidelines from the website.  

The experience is one that is definitely memorable and I am sure there will be many stories for you to tell.  It will give you insight into the kindness of strangers and focus your mind on the true meaning of Christmas and doing a good deed.

Let me know if you've ever collected donations for a charity and any memorable experiences you've had.

Symptoms of Ovarian Cancer
T – Toilet habit changes
E – Energy levels dropping
A – Abdominal pain/ swelling
L – Loss of appetite



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