Best Ways to Give Back Now That Christmas is Upon Us
December 1st is officially less than a week away which means Christmas is upon us. In the spirit of Christmas, we’ve compiled a list of the best ways to give back this festive season. Whether it be through doing good or giving good, we’ll help you spread some Christmas cheer this December. A little can go a long way.
Share Joy as A Salvos Volunteer
Although Christmas is a time for joy for many, for those doing it tough – it is often challenging, heart-breaking and isolating. The Salvation Army provides over 130,000 meals and more than 36,000 food hampers to individuals and families in need, and Salvos volunteers like you help spread cheer among almost 70,000 households each Christmas. Explore your state at link below to see where you can lend a hand.
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Make a Book Donation
The Smith Family is a national, independent children’s charity helping disadvantaged Australians to get the most out of their education, so they can create better futures for themselves. The Smith Family plan every year to bring joy to children, especially at Christmas. Children who may otherwise miss out on opening a gift, simply because their families can’t afford. Donate a book and help make a child’s Christmas Day.
Pay It Forward
As the saying goes, you never truly know what someone is going through until you walk a mile in their shoes. Next time you find yourself in the coffee line, in the spirit of Christmas, pay it forward and buy the person behind you, their coffee. A simple gesture is known to brighten a person’s entire day.
Since 1987, Kmart has annually held each Christmas season their Wishing Tree Appeal, helping children across Australia experience Joy on Christmas Day. Next time you’re in-store, purchase a little something extra for a child in need. Simply find the Wishing Tree at the front of the store, pick a sticker that correlates with the age and gender of the gift and place it under the tree.
Donate a Meal
One in six people go hungry in Queensland every day. This year the Queensland Police Service (QPS) have teamed up with Foodbank to collect seven tonnes of food for families experiencing hardship at Christmas. Help them reach their goal by donating to a participating police station.
Become a Guardian Angel
Christmas is one of the busiest times of the year for the RSPCA, with thousands of unwanted and neglected animals coming through their doors. They expect to see 30,959 animals in their shelters over the festive season. Become a Guardian Angel and provide love, care and support to an animal in need. You will receive the details of one of the many animals you are helping to protect. Your donation will help them recover and prepare for the next stages of their life. They are currently at 8% of their goal!