Christmas is a time for giving, and it is a great opportunity to teach children to give back to the less fortunate in the community. If this is something you’re considering for your family this year, Buggybuddys has a list of charities around Perth collecting everything from gift vouchers to good quality used toys and clothing.
Charity Clothing Drop Off
Saturday, 1 December, 9am to 3pm
25 Cedric Street, Stirling
Bring your unwanted clothing, shoes, towels, sheets or textiles in good condition to the upcoming Charity Clothing Drop Off Day. Along with clothing, we can accept the following items at this year’s event:
*Accessories & jewellery
*Books & toys
*Games, DVDs & CDs
* Kitchenware including crockery and glassware
* Soft furnishings, pillows, throw over rugs, etc.
* Small electrical goods
Your donations will be supporting St Vincent de Paul (Vinnies), Good Samaritan Industries, Spine and Limb Foundation, Salvation Army and Anglicare.
Operation Sunshine WA
Drop off points available Perth-wide
Operation Sunshine WA Incorporated is a not for profit, volunteer run organisation providing goods and services to children and youth under the care of the Western Australian government. These children may reside in Group Homes, Residential Care, or Foster Care.
Children who are placed in state care have often been victims of abuse, or witness to parental abuse. These children have the emotional stress of being disjointed from their families and can often feel isolated. Financial limitations are also a negative impact on these children as they are often restricted in their access to goods and services that other, non-government care children would have.
Through the generosity of their supporters Operation Sunshine WA raises funds and collects goods to provide these children and youth access to a happier childhood and an increased sense of belonging.
Operation Sunshine WA are now taking donations for the 2018 Christmas Gift Appeal.
We take donations of brand new toys and gifts to be distributed to children in foster and group homes across the state.
The collection ends November 16 to allow time for sorting, wrapping, and delivery.
Please head to Operation Sunshine WA Facebook page for more information on drop off locations and for what goods are currently needed.
Little Things for Tiny Tots
Drop off points available Perth-wide
Not just Christmas but all year round, Little Things for Tiny Tots collects for families in need with a new baby.
“We believe all babies deserve an equal start to life. Sadly, some families can’t afford essential items for their newborn baby.
Our charity distributes new and pre-loved essential baby items to Perth families in need. We provide a box of “little things” that assist a family to care for their baby in the first few weeks of life containing items such as clothing, blankets, nappies, wipes, toys and books. We distribute our New Baby Boxes via existing support services and government agencies and do not give boxes directly to families or individuals. We operate out of our homes and are all volunteers. We rely on the generosity and support of our local community to help Perth babies and their families. Little Things for Tiny Tots is registered with the Australian Charity and Non-Profits Commission and has a Western Australian Charitable Collection Licence.”
Follow their Facebook page for more information, collection/drop off locations to donate your pre-loved or new baby goods you no longer need, and how you can volunteer to assist with packing boxes for new families. Volunteers accompanied by their children are always welcome.
The Smith Family is a children’s charity helping disadvantaged Australian children to get the most out of their education, so they can create better futures for themselves.
The Smith Family’s Toy & Book Appeal is your opportunity to help bring a smile to a disadvantaged child’s face this Christmas. Sadly, thousands of Australian kids will go without receiving a gift this holiday season simply because their families can’t afford it.
This year, with your help, The Smith Family aim to deliver over 75,000 new toys and 50,000 new books to children in need around Australia.
Our Toy & Book Appeal provides gifts to children in need, allowing them to feel a sense of belonging this Christmas. Your generous gifts will help them acquire the skills and knowledge they need to build a better future.
Thank you for your generosity. After all, it’s only Christmas when we share it.
Make a donation or fundraise. Purchase a gift online. Host a gift collection in your community.
Drop off point available in Manning or donate online
Southcare runs its Christmas appeal each year for gifts, food and money so that people and families in need and hardship may share in the joy of Christmas.
Our Christmas Appeal starts in October of each year, however you can donate anytime within the year. Local schools, organisations and members of the public collect non-perishable food items and Christmas fare which volunteers make into hampers at Christmas time. These are given to those members of the community who Southcare have identified through our work assisting people in need. The Lions Club also donates cakes to our Appeal.
Southcare also works with UnitingCare through its Operation Santa program. When you are next in the area. please consider purchasing a small gift or gift voucher for Operation Santa and leaving it under the tree at the entrance of the Target store. We appreciate your generosity. For many children and teenagers this gift is the only one they receive at Christmas.
If you would like to donate gifts and hampers to our Christmas appeal, please bring items to our Reception at 54 Bickley Crescent, Manning during our opening hours of: 8.30 am – 4.00 pm Monday – Friday; or make a financial donation for the purchase of a gift or hamper which we will be able to supply through our low cost grocery store and other suppliers. Due to our duty of care we do ask that food items are not past their use-by date and that toys and other gifts are new.
UnitingCare & Target Christmas Appeal
Dontate online or instore
The Target UnitingCare Australia Christmas Appeal has been a gift giving campaign, offering support to people of all ages for the past 27 years. The campaign is launched in all Target stores in early November each year and aims to make Christmas more special for the thousands of Australians who, for various reasons, are unable to celebrate Christmas with gifts.
Thanks to the generosity of the Australian community, UnitingCare Australia and Target have collected over 2.1 million gifts in the last 26 years. And in 2017 over 22,000 gifts were collected via the stores. In addition, there were also over 11,000 gifts donated by very generous community groups, bringing the gift total in 2017 to more than 33,000 gifts. This enabled us to assist over 42,000 families.
Kmart Wishing Tree Appeal
Donate online or instore
On Wednesday 15 November, Kmart will officially kick off its 30th year of the Kmart Wishing Tree Appeal together with The Salvation Army to support members of the community in need.
With more than 2.9 million Australians currently living in poverty, Australia’s largest and longest running Christmas gift Appeal will once again support children, adults, seniors and families who are unable to afford gifts at Christmas and beyond.
To date, the Appeal has collected more than eight million gifts and all Aussies are encouraged to dig deep and help celebrate 30 years of the Appeal by giving in store or online.
Get involved in the Appeal by:
- Donating online
- Placing a gift under the Wishing Tree at any Kmart store nationally*
- Adding a little extra to your transaction by clicking the WishingTree logo on the self-serve checkouts
- Dropping your spare change in a coin collection box at any register
- Taking a bauble tag off the Wishing Tree and scan the barcode at any register to contribute
*Gifts do not need to be purchased from Kmart nor do they need to be wrapped.
Operation Christmas Child
Drop off points available Perth-wide
“Volunteer with Operation Christmas Child and join our happy band of volunteers reaching children in poverty with gift-filled shoeboxes and the Good News of Jesus Christ. There is a role for you!”
Pack a shoe box or host a packing party and pack many shoeboxes with gifts for a child in need. Gifts can be as simple as something to wear, something to love, something to play with, something for hygiene or something for school.
The Esther Foundation
The Esther Foundation provides to up to 50 young lives at any time. This extensive women’s health, development and leadership program is not Government funded and relies on donations for its work in our community.
The Esther Foundation gratefully accepts donates of furniture, electrical goods and new clothing goods, though only if in absolutely excellent condition and working order.
Each year the Esther Foundation prepares to give up to 50 young women and their children a truly happy and memorable Christmas. Your donation of a gift voucher will not only be a wonderful surprise on Christmas morning; it will also allow the young women, many of whom are teenagers, to buy those items that they truly need in the post-Christmas sales.
To donate a gift voucher or for more information on making a donation, visit the website here, or to organise a donation of goods, please email email@example.com.
The Ruah Centre
Drop off point available at 33 Shenton Street, Northbridge
The Ruah Centre is a community services organisation providing services in housing and homelessness, mental health, domestic violence and women leaving prison all year round. They accept donations of children’s women’s and men’s clothing in all sizes, toiletries, such as shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, deodorant, plus shoes, socks, belts, backpacks, blankets, sleeping bags and household items in good condition.
Donations can be dropped off between 9am and 2pm Monday to Friday or call Phone 13 78 24.
Fostering Hope Australia Inc.
Drop off points available in Clarkson, Ellenbrook, Westminster, Banksia Grove and Halls Head
Fostering Hope stores clothes and acts as a drop off centre for donations. They help out families with clothing and would love to extend this to foster carers. They are have four drop off locations – Clarkson, Ellenbrook, Westminster, Banksia Grove and Halls Head but could collect clothes within reason. Please PM an admin for more info.
For more information or to donate, please join their closed Facebook group here or PM an admin.
Amaris works in partnership with Pregnancy Assist and CentreCare to support struggling mothers set up new homes. Amaris does this by collecting and distributing preloved baby and children’s items to families in need, including prams, cots, bassinets, clothes, linen and other baby items. They do this all year round, but no doubt donations at Christmas time would also be appreciated.
For more information or to donate, please visit their Facebook page here or call 0450 095 592.
Starick House is a domestic violence refuge that accepts donations of clothing, household items, toys, art and craft materials, toiletry packs, Christmas and Mother’s Day gifts and linen.
To organise a donation, contact the centre on 9478 5300 or see the website for more information.
Clutterbugs will pick up your unwanted items and distribute them to people and organisations who need it most. Every type of clothing from uniforms, jackets, socks & jocks through to blankets and linen can all be collected. It is then sorted and distributed to where it needs to go.
Clutterbugs accepts a wide range of items, including clothing and uniforms, underwear, linen, blankets (including those suitable for pets) and other pet items, along with toys and books, toiletries and sporting equipment.
To organise a donation, contact the centre on 0417 177 260 or see the website for more information.
Drop off available at 195 Lord Street, East Perth
Pregnancy Assistance is a Not for Profit Organisation that supports pregnant women and new mums in difficult and challenging circumstances all year round.
They provide both emotional and practical support. They also offer counselling for women (and men) impacted by pregnancy loss. Their services are free and confidential.
Pregnancy Assistance gratefully accept donations of nappies, baby toiletries, baby clothes, wipes, formula, bassinets, baby baths, car seats (under 10 years old), toiletries for mum and maternity clothes.
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