As we all get excited for Christmas time, it is easy to forget that there are people out there who are less fortunate than others.
With this in mind, #SheSociety shares ways that we give back during the holiday season.
Sponsoring a family
Sponsoring a family during Christmas time can lift a huge weight off any family’s shoulders. Particularly when they have small children they don’t want to let down. Sponsoring a family can mean providing all their presents to open on Christmas day or giving money which can go towards their Christmas dinner. This can be done through your local church or community group centres.
Donate your time
Many regular volunteers go away at Christmas time to visit their families, so local food drive groups or charity stores are always looking for help at the busiest time of the year. By volunteering your time even if it’s a few hours or few days, it can really help. You can search local places to volunteer here!
Donate your spare change
Walking through the City and see a charity change collector? Or even one selling reindeer ears for a good cause? Donate your spare change or buy some ears! Every dollar helps and it all adds up.
Donate what you don’t need
Finding that you have clothes or gently worn shoes that you just aren’t wearing? Have a wardrobe clean out, bag it up and pop it in your local collection bin!
Lifeline donation bins accept good quality, wearable clothes, shoes, accessories and bedding with no rips, stains or tears. You can find your local donation bin here!
If you have larger items, the Salvation Army also accept Clothes, Toys, Furniture, Homewares and Electrical items that are in good working order. You can donate in store during opening hours. If you are too busy to drop by a store, you can also arrange pick ups from the Salvation Army. Find your local store and more information about pick ups here!
Kmart’s Wishing Tree Appeal
Kmart have teamed up with the Salvation Army to make giving back even easier. You can donate online or instore, visit your local Kmart store and take a tag from the Wishing Tree. Using one end of the tag, indicate the age group and gender of who you think might like to receive your gift then place it under the Wishing Tree. You can also make a cash contribution in any Kmart store by:
- Taking a bauble tag from the Wishing Tree and scanning it at any register to give a $5, $7 or $10 contribution to the Appeal.
- Click the Wishing Tree logo on self-serve checkouts to add a contribution to your transaction.
- Drop a coin in a coin collection box located at the registers.
To find out more about the appeal, click here!
One Less Present: Giving nothing means everything
This Christmas, bright red billboards touting Nanna’s getting nothin’ and Dad’s getting diddly-squat are all part of leading child protection organisation, Act for Kids’ Christmas initiative: One Less Present.
New to One Less Present 2020 is the One Less Gift Card, a cashless gift card to give to your loved ones.
Instead of the gift card being loaded with funds, money is donated to Act for Kids to help fund life-changing therapy and support services for children and families, who have suffered trauma from neglect, sexual, emotional, and physical abuse.
Act for Kids CEO Dr Katrina Lines said One Less Present was a way to celebrate the Christmas spirit, while inspiring conversations about gift giving.
“Parents might encourage their child to go without a present from Santa to help a child less fortunate, adults might give One Less Gift Card to loved ones and businesses can even give One Less Gift Card to employees or clients,” Dr Lines said.
“It could also be a creative way to make Secret Santa presents mean a little more.
“Supporting One Less Present will help benefit some of the 45,000 children and families Act for Kids assists each year.”
Give One Less Present and get a One Less Gift Card via www.onelesspresent.com.au
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