Dilemma: I'd rather volunteer than spend Christmas with my family

Jo Brand / 06 December 2016

A reader would like to help those in need at Christmas instead of spending it with his family.

Dilemma: I don't want to spend Christmas with my family

I’ve grown to dislike Christmas with all its commercialism and showboating and effort. 

I’m a granddad and have been asked to my daughter’s but would like to escape and do some good deed for someone less lucky than me. But what? I’ve never done anything like that and don’t know where to start.

Jo Brand's advice

I think there are thousands of people who feel like you at Christmas…and just as well because there are thousands of people in need of a bit of Christmas cheer who are homeless, lonely or unable to give their kids the Christmas they would like. 

Every year expensive and yet unwanted presents pile up in homes, rejected by spoilt children from well off families and you and many others are not prepared to put up with it.

Well, you’ve got the motivation…where to start? Many, many charities run projects at Christmas and they’re all there online. You may want to start with a big charity like Crisis and from there perhaps explore more local charities. If you’re not au fait with the internet, go to your nearest library and ask someone who knows their way round a computer.

Good luck, good on you and if your family is a bit petulant about it…send me round and I’ll explain!

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