Overspending….overstressed….overcommitted….sound all too familiar at this time of year?
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 donate a new toy or book for children in need.
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.
Kmart Wishing Tree
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.
This year the Foundation has put a call out for donations of new toys and games suitable for children aged 13 to 18. No need to wrap your present, as the team from the Hospital sort the gifts and choose a present for each child that they will truly love. Gifts can be brought to the WCH Foundation’s office at Ground Floor, 55 King William Road, North Adelaide, between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm.
Support Vinnies Christmas Appeal by making a donation on 13 18 12 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.
Can you wrap a great wrap? Minda volunteers provide charity Christmas Gift Wrapping in Adelaide Arcade from 2 to 24 of December 2019. All money raised go towards supporting over 3,500 South Australian’s with disability.
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!
Visit the Tree of Goodness in the Adelaide Central Market to make a donation. Every $1 enables OzHarvest to deliver two meals from quality rescued food to men, women and children in need. For each contribution a decoration will be added to the tree. Watch as the tree flourishes in response to the community goodwill.
Anglicare SA offers emergency assistance to people in crisis; somewhere to live for those escaping domestic violence; financial counselling to the long-term unemployed, and brand new clothing to people experiencing homelessness.