YouTubers are hugely loved by their fanbases for doing incredible things for various charities. Whether it’s chopping all their hair off, dying it random colours or simply working closely with the organisation to help spread their positive message, it’s now up to the fans to help out. We’ve rounded up 11 different charities and charitable events for you at home to get involved with this Christmas because you know what they say – Christmas is for giving.
The Trevor Project // Tyler Oakley
For many many years, Tyler Oakley has been one of the biggest advocates for The Trevor Project and the protection of LGBTQ+ youth. The charity aims to “provide crisis intervention and suicide prevention for LGBTQ youth”, so make sure you send others some love this Christmas.
Charity Water // PewDiePie
PewDiePie has raised millions of dollars for charity, and one of his first efforts saw him raise over a million just for Charity Water; “a non-profit organisation bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing countries”. You can still help the charity by sending them your donations right now.
Project For Awesome (various charities) // John and Hank Green
Project for Awesome is a charity event actually set up and created by John and Hank Green in which online creators “post videos about and advocating for charities that decrease the overall level of world suck”. Unfortunately donations are closed for this year, but in 2016 alone they raised $2,149,498 which will be split between multiple organisations such as Save The Children and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.
Jingle Jam // YogsCast
The annual Jingle Jam was created by the YogsCast crew to help encourage gamers to donate to charities. So far in 2016 (with the event running up to the very end of the year), fans have raised a total of $2,127,641 (at the time of writing) by donating money and getting games back as a reward. There are six charities being represented this year including SpecialEffect, GamesAid and the Mental Health Foundation.
The Thirst Project // Connor Franta
Named as the “world’s largest youth water organisation”, The Thirst Project has thousands of projects in 13 countries serving even more people the opportunity to have access to clean, running water. Connor has helped the charity out the past with their fundraising efforts, helping their total donations to reach over $8 million. You can still contribute this Christmas.
Mind // Zoella
It’s common knowledge now that Zoella is an ambassador for the mental health charity, Mind, but they continue to need your help. The charity was set up to help offer “better mental health” services for people in need, and “provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing mental health problems”. If you know anyone affected by their mental health, this charity is one you need to support this year.
The Little Princess Trust // Carrie Hope Fletcher
This year, Carrie Hope Fletcher cut off 17 inches of her hair to donate to The Little Princess Trust; a charity that “provides real hair wigs free of charge to boys and girls across the UK and Ireland that have sadly lost their own hair due to cancer treatment and other illnesses”. This selfless act is just one of the many ways you can help out this charity over the holidays.
Depression Bipolar Support Alliance // Markiplier + JackSepticEye
“Depression and bipolar can be isolating illnesses, but DBSA (the Depression Bipolar Support Alliance) can help you connect with others who have been there as well” – this is the charity both Markiplier and JackSepticeye supported when they dyed their hair crazy colours over the past few years. You can still help out by donating money to their charity or sharing links to their “DBSA support group” to help give out “the support that is essential to recovery”.
Rays of Sunshine // Zoella and Alfie Deyes
This year, Zoella and Alfie worked with the Rays of Sunshine charity to make the wishes of seriously ill fans come true by meeting their favourite YouTubers. The charity aims to “brighten the lives of seriously ill children in the UK aged three to 18 years old by granting wishes, granting hospital ward wishes and organising outings and large scale events for seriously ill children”. Please help them today.
Cancer Research UK // Niomi Smart
And finally, this year Niomi Smart ran the London Marathon to raise money for Cancer Research UK – a charity dedicated to funding research to discover the treatment for cancer. Their “life-saving work relies on the money you give [them]”, so make sure you send some of your Christmas pennies over their way this year.