Top 5 ways to support young people this Christmas!

Christmas is a time to reflect and be thankful for all that we have – our family, our friends, our opportunities and freedoms.

But not all people are so lucky. Whilst we are celebrating our Christmas;

  • Half the world’s population is under 30 years old. 9 in 10 live in the world’s poorest countries.
  • 500 million young people are trying to survive on less than £1.50 per day.

This Christmas every donation will be DOUBLED. A charitable trust Y Care International works with has agreed to match fund any gift you make today, doubling your donation. Y Care International aims to create 1 million opportunities for decent work for the world’s poorest young people. Every penny will help us get one step closer to letting these young people shine.

We’ve got a five top tips for you to support young people this Christmas and give them something to be thankful for.

1. Do you have a Secret Santa at work, among your friends, or family?

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Save your friend, family or colleague their teeth and waistline by ditching the sweets and donating directly to Y Care International on their behalf.

And think about whether their homes need any more dust-collecting bric-a-brac. Wouldn’t they rather help young people work their way out of poverty by providing opportunities for training and employment? We certainly think so.

Donate a £10 Secret Santa Gift

2. Use your networks to raise money!

Y Care International is registered on Facebook Fundraisers, where you set a target for how much you want to raise then share your fundraiser with friends and family. Ask for donations instead of unwanted gifts.

By enlisting the support of your network, you can maximise the difference you make this Christmas.

Start a Facebook Fundraiser

3. Do you plan to beat the crowds by shopping for gifts online?

If you’re looking to Amazon to save you, Amazon Smile is a website that allows Amazon to donate to Y Care International on your behalf.

Amazon Smile is simple. You just need to register an account at www.smile.amazon.co.uk and pick ‘Y Care International’ as your charity. Then you shop as normal and Amazon Smile will then donate 0.5% of all eligible products to a cause of your choosing.

Support young people without giving any money directly. Shopping and donating – what could be better?

Sign up for Amazon Smile

4. Save your money on wrapping paper and recycle newspaper instead.

photo credit: Yukiko Matsuoka on Flickr.com

No one remembers how their cherished gifts came wrapped and we all know that paper is going straight to landfill anyway. You can use the savings to help young people transform their own and other’s lives by donating to Y Care International.

Tip: Use the Travel or Sports pages – not Politics. You’ll avoid giving uncle Steve a reason to rant through Christmas lunch this year.

Donate your £5 from saving on wrapping paper

5. Give up coffee in December

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You might think you need caffeine to get you through the stress of your end-of-year workload and the chaos of Christmas shopping. Well you don’t, we believe in you.

Put those pennies aside, cut out coffee in November and December and use your savings to help disadvantaged young people achieve their aspirations by getting into work and out of poverty.

Donate your £20 weekly coffee run

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