Christmas season shines a light on Australians in need | Islander
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Christmas has always been a time of charitable giving and social awareness. In fact, giving to the less fortunate has become a staple of many Australian family Christmases, with many schools and households organizing their own food drives to ensure that all Australians can enjoy a hearty meal on Christmas Day.
While Australian charities come to expect an influx of donations during the holiday season, there’s no denying that year after year there are bound to be issues that don’t get as much attention or exposure. media, which leaves many Australians in need forgotten during the holiday season.
Want to make sure you and your family don’t leave any of your compatriots out in the cold this Christmas season? Here are a few ways to make sure your Christmas bounty extends to Australians in need.
Organize food drives to spread the joy of Christmas
As mentioned above, food drives have been a part of Australian family Christmas celebrations for decades.
The task of collecting Christmas-themed groceries and food for your own family often occurs at the same time as simultaneously supplying an additional jar or tin can here and there to make sure that you will be able to feed more than your own family during the holiday season.
You can participate in food drives organized by your children’s schools, or your extended family may choose to organize your own food drive and select your own charity to donate food to.
Another practice that is gaining popularity in recent years in particular is the creation of the reverse advent calendar.
It’s basically similar to a mainstream advent calendar where you treat yourself to a sweet little treat every December day as Christmas approaches, but instead of enjoying a little piece of chocolate for yourself. – Even the idea is that a family in need can unveil another new Christmas treat from a pack of twenty-five Christmas-themed foods.
A reverse Advent calendar essentially allows families less fortunate than yours to participate in the excitement and anticipation of the holiday season.
Volunteering in community spaces
In addition to donating food, you and your family can also choose to donate your time.
There are many local community organizations and charities looking for passionate volunteers this holiday season, ranging from your local homeless shelter and soup kitchen to animal welfare shelters.
All you have to do to get started is find an organization that piques your interests and those of your family, learn about volunteering as Christmas approaches, and arrange a time, date and place for you. can offer your skills as a volunteer. workers.
It is also important to note that volunteer work can take many different forms. If you volunteer at your local animal shelter, your job may involve walking the dogs at the shelter and providing care for the cats.
Also consider if any members of your family have other skills they can offer by volunteering, such as free dog grooming to keep the animals at the shelter comfortable while on vacation. In this case, chances are good that animal shelters are very grateful for their time.
It’s worth asking if you can offer your own personal skills when learning about volunteering at Christmas.
Donate Christmas gifts to local hospitals and wellness agencies
When shopping for Christmas gifts for your children this holiday season, it should be borne in mind that there are thousands of young Australians across the country who may not have the same luck at Xmas.
Many children may not expect to receive Christmas presents this year, either because of their family situation or other factors that can distract from the jovial atmosphere of the school. holiday season.
This is precisely why local hospitals and child welfare organizations run giveaway campaigns. Children who spend their time in a hospital bed or other care facility also deserve an unexpected little joy this Christmas, and there is arguably nothing more joyful than receiving a gift that has just been sent. for you.
In addition to physical donations, cash donations will also be just as valuable and will allow these organizations to offer the children in their care a more than adequate Christmas experience!
You can organize your own Christmas fundraiser on behalf of any organization of your choice to make sure your donation is as substantial and impactful as possible.
Give charitable gifts to your friends and relatives
One gifting trend worth trying is swapping your physical Christmas presents for truly altruistic charitable gifts.
Say you have friends or family members who are notoriously hard to buy, or who just don’t really want or need a lot of things you can provide for them.
In this case, chances are they will deeply appreciate a gift that doubles as a donation made on their behalf.
There are a myriad of charitable giving opportunities that also benefit Australians in need.
Charitable donations can include donating funds to a charitable organization or even purchasing selected resources for specific communities. A popular charitable gift idea is to buy a goat or cow for a family living in a rural third world community.
Just be sure to conduct your own independent research to find a cause and charitable donation that best matches the values ââand concerns of your donation recipient.
While Christmas and generosity go hand in hand, the holiday season is by no means the only time Australians reach out to their compatriots and abroad.
Charitable donations have increased across Australia in recent years, and particularly in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. It is likely that this Christmas season will bring great joy and joy to Australian families from all walks of life!