Giving back this Christmas
2020 has been an incredibly challenging year for many and Christmas is a wonderful time to give back to the community and help families and individuals who are experiencing hardship. We list a few ideas below to support those in need - all of which make wonderful last minute Christmas gifts for your loved ones.
‘Donate a Plate’ to feed a person experiencing homelessness and social isolation over the Christmas and New Year period. For just $25, you can provide a freshly cooked festive meal for a homeless person - organised by the Wayside Chapel in Sydney.
Our koalas are very quickly heading into extinction - you can adopt a koala through WWF Australia - all funds help to improve medical facilities, create new wildlife corridors and rapidly restore koala habitat.
'Make a Farmer's Christmas' by donating a hamper to drought-affected farmers and their families across Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria. Led by Aussie Helpers who are in touch with thousands of farming families in need.
Donate to The Royal Children's Hospital Foundation to help seriously ill children spend time with their families at Christmas. You can also register your Christmas or Holiday staff party so everyone can chip in.
Help St Vincent de Paul Society provide food, clothing, bedding and furniture for those families who were impacted by the 2020 bush fires.
Support the men, women and children who are victims of domestic violence by donating to 'Friends with Dignity', a charitable organisation that helps rebuild the lives of those impacted by domestic abuse.
For anyone who is celebrating the festive season a little later on in the year there is still time to purchase a physical gift - this year we chose to support Buy From The Bush - an online store offering beautiful art, fashion and homewares from rural communities all across Australia.
Image via The Butler, Potts Point