Great Ways To Give Back This Christmas

Great Ways To Give Back This Christmas

Share The Dignity

Donate to the Share The Dignity Christmas collection called #itsinthebag. You have the power to make life better for a woman or girl experiencing homelessness or poverty this Christmas. Provide pads and tampons, personal hygiene products and everyday luxuries to homeless women, women at risk or women experiencing domestic violence.

It’s simple. First of all, 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. Show her that she matters because everyone deserves to feel that way. Next time you’re at the shops, collect a few items for your Christmas handbag. No matter how you celebrate Christmas with your family, this will be the most meaningful and appreciated gift you give this year.

You can drop the bag at your local Bunnings Warehouse or Bunnings Trade. For help or locations, visit their page.

Berry Street

This Christmas, Berry Street needs your help to provide 10,000 gifts to the children and young people in their care. These children have suffered from violence, abuse and neglect and can no longer live safely at home. Some have never known the joy of Christmas. They simply want to feel safe and loved.

You can help bring joy to a child in need this Christmas – please buy a gift and send them a powerful message that they are special and cared for.

If you are local to Gippsland, you can drop of toys to Astute Financial. Otherwise check their website for how you can donate.

Food Bank

Running a Christmas Food drive is a great way for organisations to help supply the non-perishable items that are always needed by Foodbank and especially at Christmas time. Their most wanted items are those everyone has in their pantries. This Christmas they are in need of tinned fruit and vegetables, tuna, rice, pasta, spreads (Vegemite, jam and honey), to help feed Australian families doing it tough. All donations of in-date shelf stable food products are welcome.

If you are local to Gippsland, please think of giving to Baw Baw Food Relief. For more information check their website.

World Vision

World Vision Australia is calling for donations of toys from the community to form part of an art installation and pop-up store at Melbourne Central shopping centre in December. The Lost Toy Store created by Melbourne artist Emma Davies will feature several toys recovered from countries where World Vision works The Lost Toy Store will tell the story of the toys left behind by children forced to flee their homes, shining a light on the plight of the world’s 34 million displaced children.

Families are invited to visit The Lost Toy Store at Melbourne Central shopping centre between 10 to 23 December to discover the stories behind the lost toys featured and write a message of hope to children who have lost everything. Messages will be displayed as part of the exhibit, then sent to children affected by conflict and disaster in World Vision-supported communities.

Pre-loved toys can be dropped off at World Vision’s Head Office in Burwood East or Little Things Coffee in Blackburn, Melbourne before 30 November. The Lost Toy Store will be at Melbourne Central from 10-23 December. For more info, check their website.

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