One Simple Anti-Poverty Act at Christmas

Today is Blog Action Day 2008 (BAD08) so to do my little bit I’m going to share with you one easy way you can do your bit to help in the fight to eradicate poverty.

We are starting to see the beginnings of the Christmas season now, with shops beginning to put out Christmas stands and adverts with Christmas themes.

Most people know the song Happy Christmas (War is Over) by John Lennon. It’s a classic that we hear every year. The first lines of that song say a lot; “And so this is Christmas, but what have you done?”

Every time I hear this song I think about all the people around the world living in poverty and I ask myself what I’ve done to help them this year.

Here’s what I plan to do, and I hope you’ll join me.

I’m not going to get any Christmas presents this year. Instead I’m asking all my friends and family to shop for me at Oxfam Unwrapped.

Oxfam Unwrapped offers us the opportunity to buy each other ‘gifts’ that are in effect donations to the poverty-stricken people in the world. Things like goats, wells and even building classrooms and getting books to school children.

In fact, I’ve set up a wish list at Oxfam Unwrapped so just to make it easy, you can view my wish list and do your bit to help poverty right now.

So this Christmas, do your bit. Send a gift to those less fortunate than you and help fight poverty.

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