Christmas at Home Series- Tips for a Giving Christmas

If you’re in a position to help and looking for ways to give back, see a few tips and ideas below.

City of Greater Geelong presents Christmas at Home

Continue the Christmas joy at home and enjoy some old-fashioned Christmas baking, make decorations, colour in our Christmas carol song sheets and more.

Support a local initiative

Each year  Geelong Food Relief  provides assistance to those in our community in need of emergency food relief. This year, with the financial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the demand for food relief has increased substantially. You can support Geelong Food Relief with monetary donations as well as becoming a volunteer.

Geelong social enterprise and cupcake store,  Baked by Us , runs a pay-it-forward initiative where locals can pay for a box of cupcakes to be gifted to someone nominated as needing a pick-me-up.

The Good Bread Project  is a similar pay-it-forward initiative, where Geelong locals can nominate a person they think deserves a treat – in the form of a loaf of freshly baked sourdough.  

Volunteer your time

Volunteering your time is one of the greatest ways to give back – especially for those not in a position to do so financially.

Local not-for-profit organisation  Volunteering Geelong  is a great place to start when looking for somewhere to volunteer locally. You can also try  Diversitat,   Red Cross Geelong  and  Anam Cara House.

Many small charities will also be in need of a helping hand, so it’s worth checking in with a local charity you know to see if you can provide any assistance.

Donate goods to change a life

While the COVID-19 pandemic has presented challenges in the collection of goods, there are still a number of local charities and initiatives accepting a variety of items. We recommend checking in advance to ensure the charities are still accepting physical donations.

Geelong Mums ’ mission is to re-home pre-loved nursery goods to support families in need while saving the earth’s precious resources. The local not-for-profit accepts items based on the needs of local families. You can find the list of most-needed items on the Geelong Mums website. Monetary donations can also be made to their Christmas Appeal. 

The  Lions Recycle for Sight Australia  program sees old pairs of glasses collected, refurbished and then supplied – as part of humanitarian aid – to overseas communities.

Have some wetsuits at home you no longer use?  Rip Curl  accepts used wetsuits in good condition to be donated to Surfing Victoria’s Indigenous Surfing Program. If you can't make it into a store, you can also post your wetsuits and thongs to: Rip Curl Retail, 101 Surf Coast Hwy, Torquay, VIC 3228.

Geelong Night of Lights

In partnership with Bethany Community Support and bay 93.9, we are bringing Night of Lights Geelong to the community via a live two-hour broadcast concert from 7pm on Friday 27 November. 

For the first time in the 20-year history of Bethany’s Geelong Giving Tree Appeal, the community is being asked to donate funds, not gifts, to the appeal in order to keep everyone COVID-safe.

Funds will go towards gift cards for recipients nominated by local community support agencies, allowing them to purchase presents for their families which they would otherwise struggle to afford.

Find out more about Geelong Night of Lights.

Small acts of kindness

Sometimes the little acts of kindness can have the biggest impact on someone’s day. Here are a few ideas to get you inspired:

  • Next time you pick up a coffee, pay for the coffee of the person behind you;
  • Consider supporting a local social enterprise for your purchase;
  • Give back to the planet and pick up a bag worth of rubbish on your next walk;
  • Purchase a copy of the Big Issue next time you see a seller; and
  • Check in on a colleague or mate you haven’t spoken to for a while.
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