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Give back this Christmas with these Gold Coast charities

Natalie O’Driscoll | December 6, 2021

These hard working Gold Coast charities are doing everything they can to deliver a special Christmas to Gold Coasters in need, and they need your help.

This Christmas, there are people in our local community who are facing battles that most of us can’t comprehend. So why not think about volunteering with, or donating to, one of the exemplary Gold Coast charities below, and bring some Christmas cheer to someone in your local community who really needs it?

We’ve compiled a list of charitable Gold Coast organisations that could really use your contributions this Christmas. ‘Tis the season for giving, after all.

 

STAR Community Services

Why not send a thought to Gold Coast’s elderly citizens this year, many of who spend much of their lives alone at home? Reach out and let an elderly community member know that someone cares about them with a small gift this Christmas, thanks to STAR Community Services’ Secret Santa program. Simply drop off a gift to Eden Café Surfers Paradise, Helloworld Travel Southport, Oasis Dental Studio Broadbeach or the Office of Meaghan Scanlon in Nerang, or make a cash donation at givenow.com.au/starsecretsanta.  STAR volunteers will deliver the gifts and hampers to over 1,000 elderly people in need.

 

Gold Coast Basket Brigade

We all know that the food part of Christmas can be a huge expense, particularly with kids to feed. The Gold Coast Basket Brigade is a wonderful charity that anonymously delivers hampers of delicious food to families in need over Christmas. While donations so far will enable them to provide a whopping 500 hampers to families, they now are in dire need of volunteers to help with packing day on 12 December at All Saints Anglican School. A fun family affair, packing day sees volunteers make up the hampers and then deliver them across the coast. Register here. And if you can’t make packing day but still want to help out, you can also make an online donation here.

 

Hopewell Hospice

Based in Arundel, Hopewell Hospice creates a community environment with caring volunteers who support people dealing with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. Find out how you can help bring a little Christmas cheer to someone who is dealing with some of the toughest issues around at hopewell.org.au.

 

Gold Coast Community Lunch

It must be tough to see happy families celebrating Christmas if you don’t have anyone to share yours with. This is why Gold Coast Community Lunch hosts an annual free Christmas lunch for those who might find themselves lonely or homeless on Christmas Day. Not only will there be a fantastic spread of food provided by volunteers, Santa will be making a visit for the kids, too. No one should spend Christmas Day alone. This is a FREE Christmas Lunch for all Gold Coasters. Because no one should spend Christmas Day alone, and no child should go without a visit from Santa. Currently the team is looking for volunteers to help with a mobile cool room, hams and chickens for 600+ people, Woolworths gift cards, soft drink, tea and coffee, custard and icecream, disposable cutlery and more. Visit the Facebook page for more info. You can also drop off a gift to a variety of locations throughout the Gold Coast, which are also listed on the Facebook page, and email the team at goldcoastchristmaslunch@gmail.com.

 

Image credit: Gold Coast Basket Brigade

Image credit: Gold Coast Christmas Lunch

Image credit: STAR community services

 

Friends with Dignity

Friends with Dignity is a local charity which works nationally in collaboration with refuges and crisis centres, proudly supporting victims of domestic violence and helping them to rebuild their lives. This year they are hosting a Christmas Drive to ensure that children fleeing DV receive a special gift from Santa, and that parents can get a little something just for themselves, too. You can assist a few ways. Purchase a gift for a child or a pamper item for a parent (unwrapped), or you can organise a workplace or social group collection drive. You can also donate some dollars via their My Cause page. Email community@friendswithdignity.org.au with any queries.

 

Rize Up

The RizeUp mission is to drive awareness of domestic and family violence within society by generating life-changing, practical support for the families affected, giving them the hope and empowerment to move on to a life free from violence.  This empowering charity is running a Rize Up gift appeal this Christmas, and is seeking generous Gold Coasters to donate a gift for a mum or child. All the information about what is required, and the ten Gold Coast drop off points, can be found here. You can also contact Christmas@rizeup.com.au to be put in touch with a local volunteer.

 

Red Cross Blood Service

Give a gift this year that could literally save someone’s life. Blood donated to the Red Cross Blood Service will be used by one in three of the people you know and love at some point in their lifetime. This Christmas the Australian Red Cross Blood Service still needs several thousand donors nationally between December 26 and December 31. Find out where and how at donateblood.com.au.

 

Image credit: Red Cross Australia
Image credit: Red Cross Australia

 

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