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Published November 14th 2018
Easy ways to give to Perth's needy at Christmas in 2018
The Christmas advertising is in full swing with images of happy families enjoying a festive lunch, gifts and just generally being merry. However, Christmas is not always the happy, festive time we see in the media.
For the city's most disadvantaged people, Christmas means despair, despondency, loneliness and sadness, and is a time when the finances are stretched to the limit.
There are, however, ways and means you can give to the less fortunate in the community and make someone's Christmas a little more joyous. Here are five ways to help the needy in Perth this Christmas.
Christmas Lunch in the Park is Mission Australia's long-running Christmas Day event in the heart of Perth. It provides an opportunity for Perth's most disadvantaged to have a Christmas lunch, which is funded by donations. You can donate a custom amount or an amount set by event organisers, which are listed below.
A donation of $25 will provide someone with their Christmas lunch.
$50 provides a personal care pack of essential items to someone experiencing homelessness.
$100 will provide a family of four with Christmas lunch.
$250 will provide a family of four with Christmas lunch, plus provide gifts for the children and some essential resources for adults.
Giving away non-perishable food items to is an easy way to help the needy at any time of the year, but particularly at Christmas. Why not organise a food drive at work, within your sporting club or local community and donate it to Foodbank WA?
Foodbank WA provides food to members of the community who need it the most. You can also make a monetary donation here.
Give A Feed is a part of the Foodbank WA umbrella and provides food hampers via Foodbank WA. You can give a hamper as a gift or make a donation online. Each hamper contains $70 worth of food for a needy family.
Image: Foodbank WA website
Donate unwanted items for kids'
If you are anything like me, you have bags and bags of stuff that you don't need anymore, just laying around the house, such as clothing and toys the kids have outgrown. There are a heap of shelters and places in Perth that will take unwanted clothing, toys and furniture off your hands and give them to those who need them the most at Christmas. For a list of places you can donate goods to, read on here.
Donate to the K-Mart Wishing Tree Appeal Website: kmart.com.au
The Kmart Wishing Tree Appeal began in 1988 and provides gifts and toys to children and their families who otherwise may not receive a gift.
The appeal is organised in conjunction with the Salvation Army and Mission Australia and contributing is easy – simply take your gifts to your local Kmart, take a tag from the Wishing Tree and using the tag, indicate the age group and gender you think might like to receive the gift and leave it under the Wishing Tree.
You can also leave your gift at a drop off point at the front of the store, where it will be collected by the Salvation Army. Gifts do not need to be purchased from Kmart or wrapped, but they must be new, not second hand or used. Alternatively, you can make a donation online, as a group or give a cash contribution in store.
The Smith Family provides gift packs to disadvantaged children in Perth – you can purchase a gift online or make a financial donation. The gift packs start at $25 and there are lots of options to choose from.
It's not hard to make a big difference to someone in need this Christmas. It's a time for giving, so be generous and give back to those who would otherwise go without a meal or gift at Christmas.