With Christmas around the corner it’s likely that some of us will be buying a few gifts for loved ones, which may be bought through online platforms.

If you are buying this way, you can help us fight climate change in Cumbria by donating to CAfS while you do so.

Gifting your time or talents to another is obviously the most eco conscious option, however if you are searching for a specific item second-hand then lots of local charities have online shops on ebay and you can set CAfS as your favourite charity to donate to when using PayPal via ebay (or anytime you use PayPal to buy things). If you are selling your own items online on eBay then you can also select us a charity to donate a proportion of your sales income to.

Perhaps you might gift some eco friendly items, such as a climate change book, or some sustainable soaps and shampoos? If you haven’t found them locally, but have found them online, then if you buy through the Give as You Live platform or app, they will turn a percentage of your spend into free funds for us. There are over 5,500 stores listed and it doesn’t cost you anything extra.

And lastly, if you do succumb to the online beast that is Amazon, going via Amazon Smile and selecting us when you shop means your purchase can benefit us too.