Christmas is the time of giving and this year in particular, giving back and helping others is more important than ever.
Kids in Adelaide have come up with a list of awesome feel good things you and your little humans, extended family, friends or a solo act of kindness can do for others to give back during the Christmas season.
Finding ways to give back doesn’t have to be a major commitment or expense. Warm and fuzzies comes in many different shapes, sizes and forms. Here are some local suggestions to actively involve you and your families to appreciate the true spirit of Christmas in your community.
Remember your neighbour
Remember to pop next door to make sure your neighbours are OK and wish them a Merry Christmas! Particularly those without any family would appreciate someone to chat to on Christmas morning, an invite for a cup of tea or a little homemade gift.
Spare a few hours to volunteer in the lead-up to Christmas or get involved in the awesome toy and book appeal.
Become an Angel for a Day at this city charity dedicated to helping people experiencing homelessness rebuild their lives. When you become an ‘Angel’, you will be invited into the kitchen at Hutt St Centre to help prepare and serve the meals you’ve provided, enabling you to feel the impact your donation has, and to understand the significance of a hot meal and a friendly face for people facing homelessness.
Short Term Christmas Helpers
Check out govolunteer.com.au or seek volunteers for short-term Christmas cheer opportunities such as Christmas wrappers for various charities, Christmas Cheer Helpers and more.
The Kmart Wishing Tree Appeal helps everyone. They receive a lot of gifts for children, but also distribute gifts for everyone that might be having a hard time. Visit your local Kmart to choose a present for someone in need.
Donate your time to pack a backpack or wrap presents for teenagers experiencing homelessness and children who’ve had to suddenly leave their home because of violence or traumatic situations.
Make a donation to the WCH Foundation who support the work of the fantastic Women’s and Children’s Hospital or spare some time and volunteer.
Support Vinnies Christmas Appeal by making a donation or ask what can be gifted to be included within Christmas hampers or food drives.
Donate the spare change in your car to the Salvation Army bell-ringers. We all have ungodly amounts of change lying around, especially in our cars. Put those coins to good use and donate them! Grab a few coins every time you come across a bell-ringer and toss them into the bucket. It may seem like very little, but all that money adds up quickly. You can also donate a gift online through their “wishes” program, head to their webpage for more information.
Donate your time
Donate your time to new or busy parents. Bring your own kids along as playmates and helpers! This basic act of kindness means so much to parents who may desperately need a break especially at this time of year.
Leave a treat with a kind note for your postman in the mailbox. They are very busy at this time of year and provide a thankless service every day! Let them know you appreciate what they do for you.
Pay it forward
Pay for someone behind you in line at a drive-thru, coffee shop or fill their parking spot up! It’s all about Christmas cheer!
OzHarvest collects excess food and provides it to people in need including families, the elderly and women and children in refuge. Every $1 donated provides 2 meals for a person in need, head to their website to make a donation.
Anglicare SA offers emergency assistance to people in crisis; somewhere to live for those escaping domestic violence; financial counseling to the long-term unemployed, and brand new clothing to people experiencing homelessness.
Give back to frontline emergency services
Support those who support you. This year has been some of the most challenging our emergency services have ever faced in this state, with horrendous bushfires and obviously Covid-19.
The CFS foundation provide financial support to volunteer firefighters and their families who have suffered through death, injury, loss or damage of property while in the line of service. Donations can be made through their webpage here.
South Australia police legacy provides support and financial assistance to South Australian Police Officers and their families during times of crisis. You can make a donation or purchase some super cute stuffed toys here.
Don’t forget our furry friends this holiday season! The AWL accept cash donations as well as donations of toys and treats for our four legged friends. Grab the kids and get them to pick out a toy to donate. Check their website for more information on what they can accept.