Not everyone in our community is lucky enough to have the means to give their children what they need, let alone be able to celebrate Christmas. For those of us who want to help, and show our children the real spirit of giving, here are some ways to give back this Christmas.
1. Donate money, toys, clothes, essential items and pre loved items to charity
Donating funds, pre loved clothes, toys and other essential items can make a huge difference to somebody else. These are some places that take donations that go directly to the source. Some are also collecting for the bushfire emergencies in Queensland and completing their annual Christmas drives.
GIVIT is supporting services responding to the current bushfire emergencies in Queensland.
Baby Give Back are looking for essential items this Christmas like breast pads, maternity pads and nappies.
Rize Up are collecting for their annual Christmas Appeal.
For a full list and more information on each charity, see here.
Share the Dignity
Imagine you cannot afford to buy sanitary products for your period. Share the Dignity is a women’s charity that collects thousands of pads, tampons and personal hygiene products every year for women experiencing homelessness and poverty.
Share the Dignity are currently running their It's In The Bag Christmas Collection. Choose a handbag in good condition that you no longer use. Then, fill it with items that would make a woman feel special, pop in a thoughtful note or Christmas card and show her someone cares. There are collection points at Bunnings. To find out more about where your closest collection point is here.
Buy From The Bush
Mamamia has just released their teacher gift ideas guide, featuring items from small businesses who are experiencing the devastating effects of drought.
By buying gifts from a small business, you are supporting not just a business, but a family in need. And you can get that special someone in your life something lovely to make them smile as well.
Kmart Wishing Tree
Put a gift under the wishing tree at Kmart, or even show support online and make someone's Christmas a little bit brighter. You can find out more here.
Help a Child through the Smith Family
Give a gift, donate clothing or give toys or gifts to children in need who are experiencing poverty in Australia. You can find out more here.
Give the Gift of Education
The Pyjama Foundation provides children living in foster care with education and the support of a volunteer to help them learn and change their lives. They are hosting their Christmas Campaign to raise vital funds to have more 'Pyjama Angels' available in foster homes to continue education. You can find out more here.
There are thousands of ways you can volunteer your time to make a difference. It could be reading to kids, cuddling premature babies at the hospital, spending time with the elderly who have nobody else this Christmas or participating in fundraising toy drives or gift wrapping.