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 Charity Christmas cards get better and better

 

November 2017

Picture courtesy British Heart Foundation
Picture courtesy British Heart Foundation

In the UK, Christmas is still a wonderful celebration for most of us, with the shops full of exciting displays of gifts and bright decorations everywhere. Special meals out, annual dinners and family get-togethers are part and parcel of the scene...and so are Christmas cards.

Younger people of course are so used to electronic communication that putting greeting cards into envelopes and then into a post box can seem almost alien, but they still join in the general festivities and from all ages, each year thousands of Christmas e-cards are sent.

Not quite so much in the old British colonies such as Australia and Canada, where Christmas used to be celebrated as strongly as in the UK. Today however the tradition is changing. In Canada now the message you give and the cards you buy say Happy Holidays, no mention of Christmas at all.

But generally Christmas cards are alive and well and one aspect that appears to be growing is the sending of charity Christmas cards. In the UK especially you can now find a mass of lovely Christmas cards where a donation from each purchase is made to a specific charity.

It can be a lovely way to remember friends and family at Christmas and also help a very good cause.
It really does help, for each year a total of more than £50 million is raised for good causes from the sale of charity Christmas cards.

There are one or two charity cards where minimal amount goes to the charity and most profits go to the card manufacturers, but generally most charities receive a nice extra bonus from the sale of their cards. You can always check with the card seller exactly how much from each purchase will be going to the charity, and some companies state the amount clearly on their packs or on their online order forms.

If you are thinking of sending a charity card this year, most shops now will have a special charity card display and of course if you go on line, you can find your favourite charity and check out whether they are offering Christmas cards this year.

If you want to help publicise the charity you support, you need to check the card has some mention of the cause. Also while most will have a message, some will have a blank page inside, so again that needs to be checked. 

A good site that gives a general overview of the main charity Christmas cards available this year is here.

There are lots of lovely cards here and some of the favourites Laterlife loved include the following, all for charities very appropriate to our age group.


Charity Christmas card available from the British Heart Foundation

 

 


Charity Christmas card available from Cancer Research UK

 

 

 

Charity Christmas card available from Age UK



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