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Published November 15th 2017
Be generous Perth and give to the needy this Christmas
Christmas is not always such a happy time. For Perth's most disadvantaged people, Christmas can bring despair rather than joy, and is a time of year when budgets are stretched beyond the limit and feelings of loneliness, sadness and desperation are at their peak. There are, however, ways and means to give back to the less fortunate in the community and make someone's Christmas a little brighter. Here are five ways to help the needy in Perth this Christmas.
Many people go without food every day, but you can buy someone their Christmas lunch at Mission Australia's Christmas Lunch In the Park, a long-running event held in the city for Perth's most disadvantaged citizens. The event is hosted by Mission Australia and is a chance for the less fortunate to have a Christmas lunch. You can buy someone their Christmas lunch for just $30 or make a donation by clicking here.
Giving away non-perishable food items to Foodbank WA is an easy way to help the needy this Christmas. Foodbank WA provides food to members of the community who need it the most, and you can help by holding a Food Drive, which you can read more about here.
Give A Feed is a part of Foodbank WA set up to provide support for charity's Christmas Hamper Appeal. You can Give A Feed as a gift or make a donation online, with all proceeds going towards the Christmas Hampers, all of which contain $70 worth of food for a needy family.
Roodbank WA's in-demand food items (Image: Foodbank WA website)
Have you got an abundance of unwanted baby and children's items laying around the house? There a heap of shelters and places in Perth that will take your unwanted baby and children's 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.
The K-Mart Wishing Tree Appeal is now in its 30th year! Every year the appeal provides gifts and toys to children and their families who simply may not receive a gift otherwise. It is organised in conjunction with the Salvation Army and Mission Australia and contributing is easy – simply take your gifts to your local K-Mart, 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 K-Mart, 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. Read on here for more details.
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.