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Four ways your company can make a difference to homeless people this Christmas

Christmas company ideas to help homeless people

As Christmas fast approaches we expect the usual work celebrations may have to be put on hold for this year. But that doesn't need to mean Christmas fun is cancelled altogether.

You and your colleagues can still do something positive to help us make this winter a brighter time for the people we support.

1. Donate your Christmas party or Christmas dinner budget

If you and your colleagues are not able to get together to have the usual festive meal, why not give someone without a home a hot meal this Christmas instead. It's not quite the same, but that Christmas budget can still go to good use by giving people who are sleeping rough or living in temporary accommodation a bright, warm Christmas.

2. Donate your last working hour of 2020

This year has been difficult for so many of us but you could leave the working year on a high by donating your last working hour of 2020 to vulnerable people in Kent. Your company can set this up through payroll giving, or you could start a JustGiving page where employees are invited to join in.

3. Pay forward your Secret Santa savings

If your company is not doing the usual Secret Santa this year, pay it forward by donating your would-have-been gift to Porchlight. Or if you are taking part in a gift exchange from home, make a donation on your colleague's behalf. You'll be giving your co-worker the gift of knowing someone in Kent will have a safe home this Christmas, and it's hard to think of a better gift than that.

4. Dig out your running gear and join in the 5K Santa run

It's unlikely we'll be able to celebrate Christmas with colleagues in person this year, but we can still have some Christmas fun. Get a team together and join in the 5K Santa run this year in Kent. It's not a shared meal and drink, but this team run is a healthier alternative that will be just as fun. After all, is there anything more Christmassy than seeing your boss in a Santa suit?