Doing Good this Christmas

Megan Rowe
December 15 2022
Christmas festivities are now well under way – most companies have had office nights out, Christmas lunches and (as mentioned in our last blog) the world of recruitment is even starting to slow down a little! As the pace slows, now is the perfect time to start thinking about the joys of giving this Christmas.
We decided to take a look at charities close to home, in addition to those further afield, when thinking of ways to do good this year. Read below for 5 ways that you can do good this Christmas: you can bet it’s just as satisfying as that rush of adrenaline when you place the perfect candidate in their dream job role.
Social Bite Tree of Kindness
Employees at Red have decided to donate to the Social Bite Tree of Kindness this Christmas.  Founded in Edinburgh in 2012, Social Bite are a major employer of people experiencing homelessness and extreme barriers to employment, as well as the largest provider of free freshly made food in the UK to those in need. This year, they have installed five Trees of Kindness in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Dundee, and London. They are asking for people to donate a gift to someone experiencing homelessness and bring it to one of the Trees of Kindness, these will then be distributed throughout the UK to homeless people, families, and children. Here at Red, some employees have donated gifts and toys for children, whereas others have purchased a meal for someone. To donate to the tree of kindness yourself this Christmas, see the gift wish list and tree locations here
Shelter Scotland
This year, Red is making a one-off donation to Shelter Scotland, but there are so many ways that you can get involved in a bid to help defend the right to a safe home. From bake sales, fundraising, setting up monthly donations or donating items to your local Shelter store, click here to find more ways of helping Shelter Scotland to achieve their vision of “a safe, secure, affordable home for everyone”.
Food Donations
With the cost-of-living crisis soaring and temperatures plummeting, food donations are always a great way of ensuring people have easier access to food supplies this wintertime. The tricky part is sometimes knowing where to donate to. The Trussel Trust have several locations across Glasgow and are looking for food bank donations all year round, with demand souring during the Christmas period. Meadowpark Centre, based in Dennistoun, have been operating for almost 40 years but mainly focused on helping locals. This year, however, they’re wanting to reach as many people as possible, and are looking for contributions such as dried food, tinned goods, and cereals to add to their food parcels. Glasgow Baby Foodbank focuses specifically on baby formula donations this winter – the charity said that demand is so high, food is going out of the door as soon as it’s coming in. Aldi are also doing their bit this Christmas - last month they launched an emergency foodbank fund to support Glasgow charities over the festive period and have displayed signs in stores to highlight to customers which items are most needed, with tinned goods, rice and pasta again being high in demand.
RNLI Christmas Appeal
In the past, Red have often made a Christmas donation to the RNLI – who need your support during the winter months more than ever. The RNLI welcome both one-off and monthly donations, and also have special collections such as ‘collecting in memory of a loved one’, allowing a loved one’s memory to live on through the charity. Click for full details on ways in which you can donate to the RNLI this Christmas.
Glasgow’s Spirit of Christmas
Founded in 2014 with just one ‘Santa Stop Here’ sign in a carpark that inspired people from all over to donate gifts and become a Secret Santa for a local child less fortunate, Glasgow’s Spirit of Christmas supports children affected by hardship or poverty living in Glasgow and surrounding regions – ensuring that every child receives a gift this Christmas.
As recruiters, we aim to help people on a daily basis. This Christmas, why not help in a slightly different way? Whether it’s donating to one of the charities above, or another worthy charity, think how much brighter some people’s Christmases will look if we all do our bit to help this year. Let’s make it happen.


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