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5 Charities making an impact this Christmas!

The Christmas period is a chance to spoil loved ones, however, not everyone has the opportunity to experience the same joy of the festive season. This year you can give the gift of love by finding Christmas charities in Australia to support. 2020 has been a year where everyone has had their ups and downs, let's finish the year off with a bang by showing our love and support to not only those around us but also those in need. 

Charities have played a key role this year in supporting the communities around them, working on their mission, and ultimately, helping those in need. After all that has happened in 2020, we couldn't be more grateful for the help of charities and the work they do, whether it'd be helping the homeless, giving Christmas gifts to disadvantaged children, or assisting the elderly, all charities have been working tirelessly to help people be in a better place and more importantly, live a better life. 

We have highlighted 5 charities out of the many thousands in Australia, that has been recognised by everyone for the amazing things they do and the lives they have changed. You can donate to these charities using our platform. 

You can also view the full list of charities here.

 

1. Make-A-Wish Foundation

The Make-A-Wish foundation is a world-renowned children’s charity and also one of Australia’s most trusted charities. You can help to grant life-changing wishes to children with critical illnesses this Christmas. The Make-A-Wish Foundation is a nonprofit organization founded in the United States that helps fulfil the wishes of children with a critical illness between the ages of 2​1⁄2 and 18 years old. The organization operates through its 59 chapters located throughout the United States. Make-A-Wish also operates in nearly 50 other countries around the world through 39 international affiliates. Visit their website here.

 

2. Salvation Army

The Salvation Army runs a ‘Wishes’ appeal where you can select specific gifts for children, the homeless, domestic violence sufferers, and much more. The Salvation Army Australia is an international Christian movement, united by faith and giving hope where it’s needed most. Today, The Salvation Army ministers in 131 countries around the world through a wide variety of spiritual and humanitarian programs ranging from day-care centres for children to nursing homes for the aged; programs to assist those with dependency issues, the homeless, and those without advocacy. More than 14 million people around the world are helped every year by The Salvation Army. Visit their website here. 

 

3. Vinnies

Your donation these holidays can help provide grocery hampers, toiletries, and housing to those who need it most. The St Vincent de Paul Society in Australia has more than 60,000 members and volunteers, who work hard to assist people in need and combat social injustice across Australia. Internationally, the Society operates in 153 countries and has over 800,000 members. The St Vincent de Paul Society was founded by a 20-year-old student named Frederic Ozanam over 170 years ago. It was established by like-minded individuals who wished to put their faith into action. Visit their website here. 

 

4. Mission Australia

Provides nationwide services to disadvantaged children and families, helping them find affordable housing, assisting with illnesses, and much more. Mission Australia is a national Christian charity that provides a range of community services throughout Australia. In 2017–18, Mission Australia employed approximately 2800 staff and 1750 volunteers and supported more than 119,000 children, young people, adults, and elderly people across 461 programs and services. The organisation specialises in the areas of homelessness and housing, families and children, early learning, youth, employment and skills, alcohol and other drugs, disability, mental health, and strengthening communities. Visit their website here.

 

5. RSPCA

The RSPCA in Australia is a federation, with an RSPCA in each state and territory and RSPCA Australia as the national body. The state and territory member Societies provide services to animals in need through their shelters and inspectorates. In the national office, RSPCA Australia works to influence animal welfare policy, practice, and legislation across the country. They do this through various avenues, including working with government and industries, communicating and contributing to animal welfare science, implementing the RSPCA Approved Farming Scheme, and working with supporters through targeted advocacy and education campaigns. You can become a Guardian Angel to some of the many animals that are unwanted and neglected this Christmas just by making a donation. Visit their website here.

 

charityBay wishes everyone a safe and Merry Christmas, and may the rest of your year be full of joy!

 

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