Will you be a Christmas angel?

Will you be a Christmas angel?

Avoid becoming a Scrooge or Grinch this Christmas and get into the true festive, giving spirit!

By Candice Jackson | 4th December 2014

While we all know Christmas is a time for giving, whether that be presents, feasts, time and/or love, have you considered giving some thought to volunteering or donating to those who require that extra support over the festive season?

It takes very little to make a big difference, so here are some ideas of how you can get involved in the giving spirit this Christmas:

The Smith Family

The Smith Family is a national, independent children’s charity that aims to provide disadvantaged Australians with long-term support to create better futures for themselves. This Christmas you can help the charity with numerous Christmas activities, including Christmas gift preparation, delivery day venue support and by preparing and relocating donated goods. You can also give your time on Sunday December 14 to help with their Christmas gift distribution day, as you deliver toy and book packs to disadvantaged children around Brisbane.
www.thesmithfamily.com.au

The Pajama Foundation

The Pajama Foundation aims to make a positive impact on the lives of our community’s most vulnerable children. They are currently looking for volunteer gift wrappers for Christmas from December 20 to 24 at Westfield Chermside Shopping Centre. Could that be you? Contact them now by emailing them or calling them on P 3256 8802.
www.thepyjamafoundation.com

Starlight Children’s Foundation

Did you know it takes $6,500 to grant one child’s wish at the Starlight Children’s Foundation? You can help become a Starlight Wishgranter this Christmas by making a donation to the foundation on their website. They are aiming to raise more than $1.4million to service 200 life-changing wishes by the year’s end.
www.starlight.org.au

Camp Quality

Camp Quality is the children's family cancer charity that believes in bringing optimism and happiness to the lives of children and families affected by cancer. They are always looking for volunteers to help out at their camps and fun days and are especially in short supply of men, as they try to match kids to same-sex role models.

A simpler way of getting involved with Camp Quality is their new #tighthairdo selfie campaign, which alike the ALS ice bucket challenge is helping raise awareness of their cause. The campaign started from a moving story they had shared about six-year-old Jordyn, who as a creative way of coping with being called 'ugly' at school after her hair loss from chemo, put tights on her head and said “this is my beautiful long hair.” The support has grown significantly since then, with people copying her selfie and nominating others to complete the #tighthairdo challenge. Camp Quality also strongly suggests making a $5 donation when nominating your friends.
www.campquality.org.au

Lifeline

Lifeline receives a call every minute nationally from someone in crisis. The organisation provides life-saving crisis support and suicide prevention and by making the commitment this Christmas to volunteer your time and skills you will be supporting Lifeline in helping those who need it most. In Brisbane you can now volunteer to become a telephone crisis supporter, retail volunteer, fundraiser, book fair volunteer or admin assistant.
www.lifeline.org.au

St Vincent De Paul Society

Remember that vintage bargain you picked up at Vinnies that time? Well now it’s time to give back by helping the St Vincent De Paul Society assist underprivileged families this Christmas. You can donate toys, clothes or money to their Christmas Appeal or offer your time to sort through items or deliver items to families in need.
www.vinnies.org.au

Ronald McDonald House

Christmas is a special time of year, especially for children. You can donate to the Ronald McDonald House Charities to support seriously ill children and their families or register your future interest in volunteering at one of the Queensland house charity locations; Herston or Mater Hill.
www.rmhc.org.au

RSPCA

This one is not quite volunteering or donating, but if you’re planning on adding a fury friend to your family this Christmas it’s always a great option to adopt through the RSPCA.
www.rspca.org.au

If you’re looking at more general volunteering opportunities visit:

www.volunteeringqld.org.au
www.dosomethingnearyou.com.au
www.govolunteer.com.au
www.volunteeringaustralia.org

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Article by Candice Jackson

Candice Jackson is a former Journalist of Style Magazines. She has an uncontrollable sweet tooth, an irrational fear of birds and a love of travel. Candice believes in the Yes Man Philosophy.