Survey finds 50 per cent would be satisfied with charity donations instead of Christmas presents

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22nd November 2016 15:02 - Voluntary

Survey finds 50 per cent would be satisfied with charity donations instead of Christmas presents: According to a survey by the international aid charity, Sciaf, more than 50 per cent of people in Scotland would be happy if friends or family donated money to charity, instead of buying them a Christmas present. Further to this, a massive 83 per cent of the Scottish respondents said they feel that Christmas has become too materialistic.Survey finds 50 per cent would be satisfied with charity donations instead of Christmas presents

Sciaf is calling on the public to purchase presents from its Christmas Real Gifts appeal, which sell ethical presents which help some of the world’s poorest people.

Of the 1,002 respondents in the survey, approximately 25 per cent said that they received too many Christmas presents in 2015.

The vast majority of the survey respondents said that they were expecting to spend between £101 and £500 on Christmas presents this year, with the average being £276. Sciaf has claimed that just a small proportion of this total spend could make a big difference to families who have been affected by poverty, war and hunger, from all over the world, with shelter for a homeless family only costing £32. Further to this, the gift of chickens – this will supply a family with eggs – costs as little as £14. As well as this, sending a child to school can costs can little as £26, which will ultimately give them a brighter future.

The money spent on Sciaf’s Real Gifts goes towards projects in Asia, Africa and Latin America, which provide lifesaving help to thousands of people who Sciaf are working with.

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