Santa Cause: Why We Decided to Donate This Year (and All Future Years) Instead of Giving Presents

     
By on December 20, 2017

It’s that time of year again when companies and offices draw names to randomly select their recipient for Secret Santa. We’ve done it before (and variations of it) but this year, we decided to do something much better.

Secret Santa usually starts by setting an (often low) amount of money for each person to spend on one another. More often than not, you’re buying a gift for someone you don’t particularly know well, and you end up with a novelty gift that’s relatively useless. So this year, we donated to charity where our small contributions could be combined to really make a difference.

Not wanting to set any limitations, each member of our team could personally select a charity that they’d like to give too, furthermore Mobile Jazz would match the contribution.

Santa pays a visit to a child thanks to Camina Junto a Mi

Together, our team of 20 has donated over €3,600 to seven organizations this year from nationwide cancer charity Bloodwise through to Camina Junto a Mi (Walk Next to Me), a small charity in Mexico City helping children with epilepsy.

As strong believers in education for all, we’ve also donated to a couple of organizations in this field, including Wikipedia – the largest online reference site in the world and passionate advocates for distribution of free and educational content. Several members of the team also chose to donate to Worldreader, a client of ours whose mission is to bring digital books to families and children across many countries where accessibility to literature is poor.

Worldreader provide ebooks via a mobile app or e-readers to developing countries.

For more information on the other charities and foundations we’ve donated to, please see: Proactiva Open Arms, La Marató, and Emergency.

For us, it feels right to donate to organizations who help those in need. It’s truly amazing to know that our small contributions can really make a big difference. This is a new tradition that we’ll do again next year, and every year after that.

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Adam Smith
I'm a frontend engineer and the marketing lead at Mobile Jazz since 2015. I love to travel and have lived in many countries across the world.

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