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Spread the Christmas joy through charity

By Vision Reporter

Added 12th December 2008 03:00 AM

Once upon a time, when the world was still pure and good, Christmas was not about shopping till we drop or eating till we are sick and kids did not consider it their right to throw tantrums for particular gifts.

Once upon a time, when the world was still pure and good, Christmas was not about shopping till we drop or eating till we are sick and kids did not consider it their right to throw tantrums for particular gifts.

By Lydia Namubiru

Once upon a time, when the world was still pure and good, Christmas was not about shopping till we drop or eating till we are sick and kids did not consider it their right to throw tantrums for particular gifts.

Christmas was about giving and caring for the less fortunate. Oh the good old days … are coming back. Do you want to be part of the movement? Join the cause by spreading some Christmas love and joy through charity; here are some options.

Clothe the naked
Save the children Uganda is currently running an emergency relief to the hundreds of refugees coming into the country from the DRC. “We are paying special attention to women and children,” says Ester Banyenzaki, the communications officer of the charity.

They accept donations such as old clothes, blankets, toys and the like. “You can bring them to our offices in Kamwokya,” she adds. We have trucks going to the camps twice a week to deliver those items.”

Feed the hungry
A group of young people recently came up with the idea of a soup kitchen for children in Katanga. Katanga Soup Kitchen is throwing a big Christmas party for the children of the slums of Mulago.

“We welcome volunteers to cook and spend time with the children as well as give money to buy food. We are also thinking of giving them some Christmas gifts so if you can bring old clothes wrapped as gifts, that would be nice,” says Joseph Kalanzi, who is behind the initiative.

Call him on 0782430333 or attend the planning meeting on December 20 at 9:00pm at Livingstone Hall, Makerere University, for details.

Care for the sick
According to health statistics, over 56,000 Ugandan children die annually from nutrition related diseases. Mulago Mwana Mugimu Nutritional Clinic is doing something to reduce those sad statistics. Join the noble cause.

“The patients in the clinic are vulnerable and so are their mothers so definitely they are grateful for any support,” says Mary Birungi, a nutritionist with the unit. She says as long as one gets permission from the units offices, one can donate anything from soap, fruits, food to clothes.

Stand in the gap
You probably know of a sister who has not taken a single weekend off her life’s routine since the birth of the first of four children. Give her a call and let her know you will take care of the kids this Christmas weekend so she and her husband can spend some much needed time alone.

You do not have to be loaded to find a really meaningful Christmas gift. Okay, maybe you actually need to be loaded, except this time it will be more with goodwill than money.

Spread the Christmas joy through charity

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