“It’s the most wonderful time of the year…” Andy Williams croons from shop doorways as we wander past.
Christmas is great and the New Year Festivities are wonderful too – but, let’s face it, things can become a little self-indulgent.
So, if you are looking to give a little and maybe help yourself by helping others then check out the latest Here in Holland Podcast.
In the show host Andy Clark talks to Brigitte Vonck from Serve the City Amsterdam about volunteering at Christmas.
The organisation is looking for 500 heroes to take part in a wide-range of activities from taking the elderly for a walk to painting houses and helping the homeless.
“Once you start to help it spreads a ripple of love across the city,” says Brigitte Vonck, from Serve the City.
“The Christmas holidays are a very important time of the year for families to come together and celebrate the year that was, however, it can be a very difficult time for vulnerable communities.”
“Many do not have the security of a home, a meal or even company during the holidays so we encourage those who are able to give a little bit of their time to bring joy to those who need it most.”
And even if you are in the Hague you are welcome to join in either by physically taking part or by donating gifts.
Serve the City Amsterdam welcomes both locals as well as those new to the city to help give back to the community.
To-date, Serve the City Amsterdam has received 200 gifts for children through donations in partnership with the Salvation Army.
Women in need
Interested in donating gifts for women in need? Serve the City is partnering with Timon, an organization that works with vulnerable women, to help prepare at least 50 pampering packages.
The organisation is looking for products including shampoos, body lotions, face creams and even lip balms to create these packages. To donate, you can send products to Serve the City headquarters no later than December 21 to Nieuwe Herengracht 18, 1018 DP, Amsterdam.
Here in Holland is the podcast in English about life with the Dutch – it’s produced by Andy Clark – contact him via firstname.lastname@example.org or Facebook – website – you can subscribe to get all the podcasts in via your iPhone podcast app or your Android app of choice. Or follow on Soundcloud
The podcast is now also available on Spotify