Fast approaching is Halloween. Although not everyone’s cup of tea due to the sometimes frightening connotations, it is a time that can be met with some volunteering opportunities. It can also be a time for family bonding, and with the current climate forever changing, it may be wise to keep close to your family and support bubble. With no charitable deed going unnoticed, here are a few ideas:
Donate Necessities to Your Local Foodbank
At this time of year particularly with the current crisis, food banks need your contributions. Furthermore, whilst tinned goods and fresh produce are always appreciated, consider other necessities like nappies and other baby goods are also vital to struggling families. Furthermore, the number of excess treats that are often just binned after holidays/celebration can be put to better use through donation.
Banks currently operating in Canterbury & Herne Bay are:
All Saints Church (Military Road, CT1 1PA)
Open Tuesdays, 9.30 am – 11 am
St Dunstans Church Hall (London Road, CT2 8LS)
Open Fridays, 12pm – 1.30pm
Salvation Army (33 Richmond Street, CT6 5RH)
Open Tuesdays, 12.30pm – 2pm
Call 01227 742719
Food Bank Canterbury is currently looking for couples or people from the same bubble who can help deliver food parcels. Get in touch with them if you can!
Adopt An Animal
Whilst adopting giving a pet a forever home isn’t always for everyone, with the weather getting colder many animal shelters need people to adopt their animals. If you have the resources and time too, it can make a wonderful, heart-warming treat to your family or bubble.
Even if this isn’t a viable option, why not give your time to a shelter? Many centres need extra help to give the animals the attention and care they need.
Socially Distanced Trick or Treating
At these times, it is harder to safely take part in activities that we would normally take for granted. However, I recently saw on Facebook a few alternatives within town community pages. Some suggested to put drawings and decorations in windows and leave candy out, to avoid contact but still allow the activity to go ahead. Others said they could send pre-packaged sweets to their family. This helps small local sweet businesses too!
Get creative with pumpkins and artwork, another activity you can do in your household.
Trick or Treat For A Cause
Furthering on from this, it is a perfect time to dress up for charity. Physically knocking on people’s doors may not be a viable option at the moment, but through social media and within your social bubble, funny costumes and funny activities can be a good way to raise money.
UNICEF a few years ago put out a great slogan, intending to “Helps kids who need more than candy”, it being “scary how much good you can do!”
Deliver Treats To Older Members Of The Community
It’s not always just the young that enjoy Halloween, and often the older generation can be overlooked when it comes to this occasion. Many “meals on wheels” or “sweet treat” companies need help. Partner with a paid service, or simply create your treat boxes to brighten someone’s day. On the other hand, it can be a scary time, with some people feeling unsafe around this holiday. Remember to check in on your loved ones, and ask if they need any extra support.
Written by virtual volunteer Emily Clugston