Queenslanders are being encouraged to brighten the festive season for children living in out-of-home care by donating a present to the Kids in Care Christmas gift drive.
Child Safety Minister Shannon Fentiman kicked off the drive on November 14, which aims to see a present donated for every child and young person in care, from newborns to children aged 17.
“We are asking Queenslanders to show their support for kids in care and purchase an extra gift when they are out Christmas shopping,” she said.
“We all know it takes a village to raise a child, and this is absolutely the case for children who are unable to live with their families.
“The Kids in Care Christmas gift drive is the perfect way for Queenslanders to play their part in supporting our kids, by donating a gift for a child or young people who is unable to live with their own family this Christmas.
“These gifts from the community are a way for everyone to support our kids in care, as well as their carers who do a wonderful job all year round.”
Ms Fentiman called on schools and the business community to get involved and throw their support behind the gift drive.
“It would be wonderful to see schools and businesses across Queensland get behind our kids in care by encouraging donations and collecting gifts,” she said.
“With more than 8000 children in care we need plenty of gifts that will go right around the state to reach children.
“I urge all Queenslanders to get into the Christmas spirit, show your support and give generously to this drive.”
The gift drive is being coordinated by the Palaszczuk Government in partnership with GIVIT.
Road Boss Rally Cars will also work with GIVIT to collect and deliver gifts to various locations across Queensland.
GIVIT CEO Juliette Wright said gifts should be suited to a broad range of children and teenagers in care.
“We are honoured to be working in partnership with the Queensland Government to help source gifts for our children in care this Christmas,” Ms Wright said.
“GIVIT is a national not-for-profit connecting those who have with those in need.
“Through our website essential items are donated every day by generous Queenslanders wanting to help others in need.
“This Christmas you can help bring a smile to a child in care, all you need to do is give a gift via our website or donate funds towards purchasing them.”
Suitable presents are items to the value of about $20, like toys, gift cards, sporting equipment, board games, clothes and books.
For more information, including donation points and gift ideas visit GIVIT’s website.