GIVIT is calling on you to set a new record for Australia’s Biggest Secret Santa.
GIVIT Founder and CEO Juliette Wright said all Australians should become a secret Santa for someone in genuine need and give a gift that counts this Christmas.
“We are asking big-hearted Australians to help break last year’s national total of 18,653 gifts and donate through givit.org.au.
“Whether it’s a new toy for a child in care, a pram for an expectant mother escaping domestic violence or a toaster for a charity starting a school breakfast program,” said Juliette, “What shows the Christmas spirit more than giving an essential item to someone you will never meet?
“Three million Australians live in poverty and 731,000 of them are children but we can actually make a huge difference to their lives by giving new or good quality pre-loved items this Christmas.”
To identify exactly what is needed by society’s most vulnerable, GIVIT works with more than 1700 charities nation-wide, ranging from The Salvation Army and Australian Red Cross to smaller community groups and neighbourhood centres.
The six-week campaign will see people in communities around Australia, including remote and regional areas, from Canarvon to Gladstone, from Canberra to Rockhampton, get the items they truly require.
Juliette said every secret Santa will make a massive difference to people around the country.
“Every day of the year GIVIT matches those who want to give to those in need but we always see a huge spike in need leading up to Christmas when many families face increased financial pressure. We are asking everyone to open their hearts,” she said.
“So, forget the soap on a rope, the fridge magnet or the packet of golf tees and instead get on board with Australia’s Biggest Secret Santa this Christmas and make a real difference to someone in need.”
To get involved:
1. Choose an item request that touches your heart from GIVIT’s “items needed list”
2. Click “GIVIT” and offer your donation with a photograph
3. Once approved, contact details between you and the charity are exchanged automatically
4. Arrange delivery of the item with the charity user behind the request
5. Download the GIVIT Christmas card to give to friends or family explaining their amazing gift for some in real need
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