Christmas is the time of year when people like to give. It’s the season for buying and wrapping gifts for friends and family but, for some, Christmas is a lonely period because of estrangement, or a partner’s death, or illness, or great distances. This means that many have no family or friends to celebrate Christmas with. And many have financial challenges that prevent them from buying gifts or Christmas food.
For those who struggle at Christmas, the generosity of numerous charities, and the people who donate to them, means that crowds of people who would normally miss out are brought together and given a Christmas meal, and that children will have presents to open on Christmas morning and food on their own table that day.
Australia has many charities providing for the poor and needy at Christmas. Many charities are under the banner of Christian or religious denominations and there are other charities and community groups that also help the needy.
Here are some charities working to make Christmas better for struggling people across Australia:
- The Salvation Army
- The Smith Family
- Mission Australia – Perth Christmas lunch in Wellington Square
- The Wishing Tree
- The Exodus Foundation Christmas Day Lunch
Through the thoughtfulness and generosity of people from all walks of life and all levels of income, these and other charities are able to make Christmas a happy day for the folk across Australia who do not have the resources to celebrate Christmas.