As I've become older, Christmas has progressively become a time where food is the main priority and a visit from Father Christmas less so - I'm much more partial to a few surprises throughout the year! In other news, apologies for mentioning the C word a tad tad early but I was compelled to on this occasion and you'll soon see why.
This year I've felt even more inclined to ditch the commercial Christmas
spirit bollocks and embrace more of a 'giving' attitude to charities and causes that are in need of support. Conservation and homelessness charities such as ZSL and Centrepoint are normally top of my list but this year I've also had my eyes opened to design companies who are donating their own profits to causes close to their hearts.
Charity auctions from Art on a Postcard who donate all of their proceeds to The Hepatitis C Trust and Who's Casper, where 15 creatives have customised a Modus stool for auction with all money raised going to support Movement on the Ground - both will still provide you with a treasured gift to maintain the Christmas spirit but will also generate income for worthy causes - win, win right?!
Although I rather wish that design pals Jot Paper Co didn't have to get in touch with me with a charitable concept, when they did drop me an email to let me know of their Christmas campaign it was a. Love at first sight and b. a story that made me just a little teary - I had to buy them immediately. Unfortunately Dan and Becks' nephew, Arlo passed away just a few days after birth and in commemoration the duo have designed the Arlo's Snowflake card in order to donate 100% of the profits to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at the Luton & Dunstable Hospital where little Arlo was born.
We all know someone affected by either miscarriage, premature or critically ill babies so it only seems right to make sure your Christmas cards this year are both beautifully designed and contributing to a worthy cause. I know it sounds cliche but honestly even a little donation makes a difference so whether it's one card or a hundred, you'll still be contributing to help other little Arlo's all around. And to pre-empt your lovely donation - just as little Buzz below says with another of Jot's creations below - TA!
For further information on Jot Paper Co visit: www.jotpaperco.com/
For further information on the NICU unit: www.ldh.nhs.uk/get-involved/fundraising/supporting/