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Supporting Children's Charities This Christmas

02/12/2009 09:48 | Updated 22 May 2015

As we all know, Christmas is about the celebration of a certain little boy, the consumption of a ridiculously large dinner and some time spent with your family.

For many children though, Christmas can be a difficult time. This could be down to illness, a loss in the family or if they live in poverty. Christmas is a good time to think about those less fortunate and donate an amount, however small, to help them.

Every Christmas, appeals are launched to support a charity. Newspapers and big brands all get involved to increase awareness and donations for their chosen charity.

Thinking of donating yourself? Have a look at some of the appeals we've been looking at.Guardian and Observer's Christmas appeal

Every year, the Guardian and the Observer get together to choose a charity to support with their Christmas appeal. This year, they've chosen the Mvule Trust, a charity that transforms young people's lives through education.The campaign focuses on the Teso region of Uganda, one of the poorest areas of the country, where less then 10% of girls ever finish secondary school.

You can donate easily to the charity through the simple donation form, which will help provide the most gifted and determined youngsters with a better future, through bursaries for study and training.

The Telegraph Christmas Appeal supports four charities each year, and this year they've chosen BLESMA, Starehe, Bliss and Excellent Development.

Bliss is a charity that has focused on the well-being of newborns, in particular premature babies, for more than 30 years. Starehe is a top school and shelter in Kenya, providing the brightest yet poorest children with a bright future. BLESMA is a charity focusing on helping young solders who have lost a limb in the Afghanstan war, and finally Excellent Development provides clean water to thousands of Kenyan farmers.

What child doesn't want a letter from Santa? The NSPCC, who run Childline, are offering parents the option of requesting a letter from Santa for a suggested donation of £5.

I took part in Operation Christmas Child last year, when I helped create a shoebox full of goodies for a child in need somewhere in the world. This is a great initiative to take part in at work.

The Make a Wish charity offers children with life-threatening diseases the opportunity to have their biggest wish come true. This year the charity has partnered with several big names, including Cadbury, Fairy, Comet and City Link. By using their products and services this Christmas, you can donate to helping a child live out their dream.

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