6 Ways to Be More Giving This Christmas

by Ng Mei Yan
LIFESTYLE  |  December 01, 2018
  • 'Tis the season for giving
    1 / 7 'Tis the season for giving

    Gifts are exchanged all over the world as the festive season rolls around. But before getting all wrapped up in shopping sprees, we can all consider other ways to embrace the spirit of generosity. Some examples: making a point to smile to strangers, telling mum “I love you”, and of course, contributing to a good cause. Here, we’ve rounded up a few that are worth getting behind.

    (Also read: 3 Reasons Why Volunteering Is Good For Your Health)

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  • Bone Marrow Donor Programme (BMDP)
    2 / 7 Bone Marrow Donor Programme (BMDP)

    For patients who are down with blood cancer or other blood-related diseases, getting a bone marrow transplant is their last-option treatment for survival. But the chances of finding a match is just 1 in 20,000.

    To help, you can simply enter yourself into the BDMP donor database. You will just need to provide a cheek swab and your contact details. If you happen to be a match for a patient, someone from the organisation will  be in touch – and you will get to literally save a life.

    Visit the BMDP website for more information.

    Photo: BMDP Facebook page

    (Also read: She Signs Up as a Bone Marrow Donor After Mum Survives Leukaemia)

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  • "Keeping Girls in School" Programme
    3 / 7 "Keeping Girls in School" Programme

    Condom maker Durex has partnered with (Red) to create a limited edition bundle ($19.90) for World Aids Day on Dec 1. Funds raised from sales will go towards the “Keeping Girls in School” programme in South Africa. The programme aims to reduce new HIV infections and pregnancies among young women by encouraging girls to continue their education and improving access to sexual health and reproductive services.

    The limited edition box set includes four boxes of condoms and a lubricant.

    Available on Lazada and Redmart

    Photo: Durex

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  • Animal Concerns Research and Education Society (ACRES)
    4 / 7 Animal Concerns Research and Education Society (ACRES)

    Every year, animals are being confiscated in illegal wildlife trade. While the perps are put away, the homeless animals are then fostered by ACRES. The organisation provides a safe place for these wildlife to recover and rehabilitate before they are returned to their native country, if possible.

    There are several ways to contribute, including donating, volunteering and buying merchandise from the ACRES online shop. Visit the website for more information.

    (Also read: She Runs Marathons to Raise Funds for Needy Dogs)

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  • Riding for the Disabled Association Singapore (RDA)
    5 / 7 Riding for the Disabled Association Singapore (RDA)

    The RDA provides horseback riding as a form of therapy and relaxation to people with mental and physical disabilities. Their beneficiaries include both children and adults, and receive the sessions without any charge. The activity is liberating and builds confidence – even the wheelchair-bound can experience the sensation of walking tall on a horse.

    The RDA welcomes both volunteers and donations. Visit the website for more information.

    Photo: RDA Singapore website

    (Also read: She Volunteers To Run With People With Disabilities)

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  • Casa Raudha
    6 / 7 Casa Raudha

    Casa Raudha is a shelter for women (and their children) who are victims of domestic abuse. The centre provides a safe space for recovery, and courses to equip residents with employable skills and knowledge. Programmes are planned for children too to help in their emotional and academic development.

    You may donate, volunteer or purchase corporate gifts (handmade crafts) from Casa Raudha. Visit the website for more information.

    Image: Casa Raudha website

    (Also read: Pregnant And Depressed? You’re Not Alone)

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  • A Packet of Rice
    7 / 7 A Packet of Rice

    While most of us have no problems affording three square meals a day, there are some who aren’t as fortunate. A Packet of Rice is an informal set-up bringing together volunteers to distribute meals to low-income residents in 1- to 2-room flats. You can follow the group on their schedule or gather a volunteer group in your own estate. Another way to help is to sponsor the meals.

    Visit the Facebook page for more information or email apacketofrice@gmail.com.

    Photo: A Packet of Rice Facebook page

    (Also read: Where to Volunteer in Singapore – 20 Ideas We Love)

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