Christmas carols and Christmas movies all paint pictures of happy families gathered around huge tables of food, sharing in presents and joy and company. But it’s not like that for everyone and sometimes, when we can, it is important to consider others and look for charities to donate to for Christmas.
Becoming involved in some Christmas charity work isn’t just the moral thing to do – it’s a way to teach our own children the values of empathy, respect and kindness. And at Christmas in Australia we believe that that’s the true meaning of Christmas.
Christmas Charity – How can we help?
What we’ve tried to do with the below is separate the listings into different categories. Have a look and see where your particular skill set or interests lay. If we work together we can ensure that everyone in our community has an equal chance to have a joyous festive season. Who knows? You may start a new family tradition this Christmas!?
Christmas charity Australia options
The following dot points are reflective of places where you can give the gift of life, blood or financial assistance at any time of year. But especially during the Christmas season.
Brisbane Christmas Charity Options
Be An Elf
The Be An Elf campaign allows you to grant Christmas wishes! You have the power to make a big difference in your own backyard by granting a child’s wish through answering their ‘Wish letters to Santa’. A child in need will write a letter to Santa asking for their most desired wish. These presents are often practical items such as backpacks, a longed- after toy, food or new school stationary for children who would otherwise go without. The gifts are then delivered on Christmas Eve.
Brisbane Basket Brigade
This charity focuses on anonymously providing families with baskets of hope (and goodies!) at Christmas time. They’ve been working since 1995 to share the love with Brisbane families.
There are a number of ways to participate and volunteer with the BBB so visit Brisbane Basket Brigade online here to see how you can help.
Children’s Hospital Foundation
“Donate stuff for the kids” as part of your Christmas charity work. Help give sick kids a reason to smile at Christmas time. There are quite a few guidelines as to the types of donations accepted – no pre-loved goods (everything must be new), no toys with button batteries, no toys that may cause injury, no food, no balloons, nothing with a political or religious affiliation and nothing pre-wrapped.
To find out how you can bring smiles to these little battlers’ faces, follow this link to get involved and visit Children’s Hospital Foundation online here.
Royal Brisbane Women’s Hospital
The ladies need your Christmas charity too! You can drop off sleepwear and nighties (in new condition, not used) in the kiosk in the foyer of the Ned Handlin Building.
Share The Dignity are a nationwide charity that have their roots in North Brisbane! They run an ‘It’s In The Bag’ campaign around the festive season to try and give women in need (be they homeless or fleeing from a domestic abuse situation) a little dignity back.
Fill a handbag with all those little things that make life easier (sanitary items, compact tissues, toothbrush, hairbrush – whatever you can think of!) and drop it off at one of their collection points. The 2020 ‘It’s In The Bag’ campaign will run from the 20th of November until the 29th of November. Drop off points will be available at Bunnings stores nationwide.
It’s a classic Christmas charity choice for a reason. Give a child the gift of life this Christmas and quickly watch their journey become part of your own family’s. When you sponsor a child you are changing a life. You’re helping provide clean water, access to safe food sources and a chance for education. You’ll find all you need to know right here.
The RizeUp mission is to drive awareness of domestic and family violence within society by generating life-changing, practical support for the families affected, giving them the hope and empowerment to move on to a life free from violence. You can support their work by volunteering to help wrap Christmas presents at Westfield Coomera and Harbour Town. Another great option is to donate gifts for mums & kids who will spend this Christmas in a refuge. Get in touch with RizeUp to find out more.
Gold Coast Christmas Charity Options
Hopewell Centre & Paradise Kids
Hopewell is a hospice that provides palliative care to those members of our community who really need our support and love. They’re a charitable organisation who are always looking for helping hands in society who want to get involved and the perfect time for you to step in and help carry the load.
We absolutely loves and fully supports Paradise Kids. These beautiful people look to help children and teenagers who have been impacted by life traumas. You can make a donation at any time or get involved with their Angel Appeal. Look for Paradise Kids online right here.
If you are looking for places for a Christmas meal on the Gold Coast click here.
Tweed Coast Christmas Charity Options
You Have A Friend
The good people at You Have A Friend support those amongst us who are marginalised, the homeless and single parents who are struggling to make ends meet. They are 100% Not For Profit and service the Coolangatta / Tweed district. You can volunteer with meal preparation and delivery, Op Shop work or you can give your own unique skills to help the cause. Get in touch to make some new friends today.
St Vincent’s de Paul
Vinnies needs more people on the ground – will you be one of them? Find out how you can help with Fred’s Place, Tweed Heads, right here.
Byron Bay Shire Christmas charity options
They are on a mission to change the brains of traumatised children and are asking for your help! Every single cent donated goes towards helping children in need. Click here to see what they’re all about and see how you can help too!
These guys are cool. They rescue good food that would have otherwise ended up in landfill and make sure it goes to members of the community who really need it. You can get involved and you can also make food donations of your own. This is sustainability and community responsibility at its very best. You can join the larder here!
Children specific Christmas charity options
A lot of people want to give directly to children. We’ve got a link to an article about children’s charities that will unpack this further but, if you’d like something closer to home, you can wrap and donate gifts under the tree at lots of places like KMart and Target. Check with your local shopping centre to see what they’re doing to help out local kiddies.
What NOT to give to charities
A lot of us have the absolute best intentions when it comes to donations but sometimes we don’t get it quite right. Here’s a little guide for what NOT to give to charities. Donating items that cannot be used and must be disposed of creates a bigger workload that means people who really need help are slower to get it.
Please do not donate:
- Used mattresses (mattresses must be either completely new or in absolutely perfect condition).
- Furniture that is dirty, broken or stained.
- Second hand baby seats,
- Children’s seats,
- Bicycle helmets and motorbike helmets,
- Clothing that is ripped, torn or damaged.
- Food that has a short shelf life, requires refrigeration or is not properly sealed.
Christmas charity ideas – your community
Reach out to those around you. Check on elderly neighbours. Invite people around to Christmas lunch. Attend your community events and thank and support the organisers. Celebrate your local area by going on a fabulous Christmas light tour and invite everyone you know to share in the magic of Christmas!
If we want to create a society that truly cares for all its members, we need to start at home. And the values that this will teach your children will stay with them for life, not just for Christmas.
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