Christmas for many of us, is a time for love, joy, happiness and connection. We understand that this isn't the case for everyone, and that Christmas can be one of the most difficult times of year for some of Melbourne's more vulnerable or less fortunate.
Every year, there is an increase of homelessness, poverty and hardship for many Australians. There are also a large number of women continuously subject to domestic violence and abuse whom we recognise and want to help.
At TCI, we therefore like to use Christmas as an opportunity to really 'give back' to the world and touch the hearts of those who need it most. We set up our 'Giving Tree' and invite all TCI students and members of the community to donate a gift that will make someone's Christmas that little bit extra special.
Gifts will also help to provide ongoing support to these families throughout the year, so keep this in mind when deciding on what to donate.
Each year, we donate to The Sacred Heart Mission.
For those who are victims of domestic violence and have fled their homes without any possessions at all, we recommend donations such as a cricket set, games, a ball, hats, sunscreen and swimmers etc.
For a mother or child without shelter, proper food, care or support a small gift can mean the world to them during this time; be it pampering treats like makeup, perfume, toys or necessities like food, toiletries and household items.
Children tend to like and need the same things as any children their age. Children being supported vary from girls under the age of 1 - 16 years old, and boys under the age of 1 - 18 with also 1 x newborn...
To help you with ideas on what to donate, here's a list of gifts that would be most appreciated.
Note: Clothing is challenging (unless via vouchers) as sizes will need to be matched with individuals.
We request that any donations of gifts are either not wrapped, or if wrapped they are clearly marked with what is inside, so that gifts are distributed farely.
We invite you to donate a gift before the 15th December. Whether you do a chimney drop (by coming into TCI HQ), or on the back of Santa’s sleigh (via post), we will make sure it falls safely into the hands of someone who will need & appreciate it most.
Thankyou for your kindness and generosity at this time, your gifts will literally transform the worlds of many, even just for a moment.
If you have any other questions you can give us a call on 03 9645 9945.
May your world be abundantly blessed xx