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Give the gift of giving this Christmas

Give the gift of giving this Christmas

Christmas to most people is about spending time with family and friends, over indulging in pavlova, and the joy of exchanging gifts on Christmas morning. But the festive season is also a time of goodwill and can be a tough time for some. In particular, people who are homeless, lonely, or families who are struggling to make ends meet.

Why not give the gift of giving by contributing to a worthy cause or offering your time to help those in need? Performing a simple act of kindness this Christmas can not only benefit the lives of others but can also be very rewarding.

So let Christmas time present the opportunity to practice generosity. To help you along the way, we’ve listed a few ways you can make a difference to the life of someone less fortunate this holiday season.

Kmart Wishing Tree Appeal

Running from November 12 until the eve of Christmas on December 24, Kmart will support those in need by hosting its annual Kmart Wishing Tree Appeal together with The Salvation Army and Mission Australia.

In 2017, the appeal successfully collected more than 300,000 gifts and in total, has raised more than 8 million gifts in its 30 years of existence. Stores around the country will have coin collection boxes at registers and a Christmas tree set up at the front entrance for customers to place gifts under. To help with the appeal, Kmart have even listed a wish list of gifts to buy in their ‘Give a gift in stores’ section on their website.

Details: November 12 to December 24. For more details visit


Supporting all Aussie charities, services and agencies who work directly with disadvantaged and vulnerable people, GIVIT does exactly what they sound like they do – they help others ‘give it’. GIVIT makes it easier for organisations to empower their clients by obtaining the items they require through the GIVIT website, at no cost. The website acts as a virtual warehouse, eliminating the need to store, sort and dispose of unwanted items. The requested items include anything from washing machines to clothes.

The national non-profit organisation also links the less fortunate with those who are able to provide a means to their needs. Givers can view and support these needs by supplying the requested items via post, drop off or pick up.

The Little Elves Project

The Little Elves Project began last year when brothers Jack and Hayden Armstrong asked their mother Kate if they could be kind and give presents to Queensland children living in foster care.

The first event in 2017 saw hundreds of community members come together and donate an astonishing 2500 gifts. With more than 8000 children in foster care across Queensland alone, The Little Elves Project is looking to collect 5000 gifts this year – double the amount of last year’s donations.

On Saturday, November 17 the volunteer-based project – in partnership with radio station 102.9 Hot Tomato and charity GIVIT – will be hosting a gift collection day at The Club at Parkwood Village – Home of the Gold Coast Titans. In exchange for a donated Christmas gift, the event will provide generous community members with a fun-filled day of food and entertainment.

Join Jack and Hayden on a mission to make this Christmas brighter for Queensland kids living in foster care. 


The Smith Family’s Toy & Book Appeal

Although the holiday season calls for exchanging gifts and creating happy memories with the family, thousands of children around the nation will be left empty handed on Christmas day, simply because their families can’t afford it.

The Smith Family’s Toy & Book Appeal is a chance for you to turn a child’s frown upside down and bring joy into their lives during a time that may not be so merry. The appeal not only offers materialistic gains for those in need but also provides a sense of belonging to families this Christmas. 

This year, The Smith Family have a goal to deliver over 75,000 new toys and 50,000 new books to children in need around the globe. These gifts will help them achieve the knowledge and skills needed to build a better future.

There are several ways you can make a difference. You could:

  • Purchase a gift online from The Smith Family’s online catalogue
  • Host a toy and book collection at your workplace, club, school or community group
  • Volunteer and give the gift of time
  • Make a financial donation


Barnardos Gifts for Kids Christmas Gift Appeal

The Barnardos Gifts for Kids Christmas Gift Appeal gives thousands of disadvantaged Aussie children the opportunity to open a present on Christmas Day.

This year, Barnardos Australia aims toreceive 10,000 presents for children in their specialised programs. Some of these children have experienced abuse, neglect, poverty and homelessness and don’t normally get the chance to celebrate Christmas.

There are several ways you can make a difference. You could:

·     Purchase a gift online

·     Host a toy drive

·     Make a financial donation


These are just a few ideas and suggestions from us. What are yours? Comment bellow.

Disclaimer: The charities listed in this article are suggestions only and should not be taken as an endoresment from NRMA Insurance. 

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