CHRISTMAS SUPPORT

THE SMITH FAMILY

The Smith Family are accepting online monetary donations to assist with their ‘Learning For Life’ kids receiving gifts. You can also set up a fund-raiser of your choice via their website eg. Trivia, afternoon tea etc.

BAYSIDE CHURCH “ANGEL TREE”

Angel tree is a wonderful project to get involved in leading up to Christmas. It involves reaching out to children who have a parent in prison through Prison Fellowship and purchasing a gift for them on behalf of the parent.

MATT’S PLACE

People experiencing economic hardship or social isolation are welcomed to enjoy the comforts of a home-cooked meal and friendship at Matt’s Place community meals program in Cheltenham and Chelsea. Matt’s Place, open every Tuesday and Thursday, provides warm hospitality for those who are doing it tough or are disconnected from the community.  A two-course hot meal is provided as well as an opportunity for connection and social interaction through activities.

MELBOURNE BASKET BRIGADE

The Melbourne Basket Brigade is a small and dedicated group of volunteers who assist locals in need. This year they will be packing and delivering baskets of food and other goods to families in need. These deliveries are made anonymously and arrive just in time for Christmas. Melbourne Basket Brigade organise fundraising events throughout the year which help us raise valuable funds to enable us to deliver as many baskets as possible.

SALVATION ARMY

For families who have lost everything, Christmas will hurt most. While many Australians are enjoying the warm feelings that Christmas brings, there are shattered families with hurt and fear in their hearts. Sadly, the impact COVID-19 is having on Australians is hurting in ways people never expected. It’s not just isolation, loneliness and hardship. It’s the hidden violence hurting families too. Your generosity to the Salvos Christmas Appeal will give a family the urgent help they desperately need to heal their hurt. Safe refuge and a caring Salvo. Christmas lunch. Presents for the kids.

BAYSIDE COMMUNITY EMERGENCY RELIEF

If you would like to get on our volunteer database please join our main Facebook group and send a message to the admin team. There are ongoing volunteer opportunities & also packing sessions when required.

Please contact contact.bcer@gmail.com for details on drop off locations (Bentleigh and Brighton)

KMART WISHING TREE

With your gifts in tow or added to your basket while shopping place your gift in one of the gift boxes under the Wishing Tree in any Kmart store. This year to be extra safe during the pandemic your gift will be sorted into age categories for you; no need to fill in a gift tag. A Salvation Army representative will then collect the gifts from Kmart stores and oversee their distribution to those in need. Gifts do not need to be purchased at Kmart, nor do they need to be wrapped. The Appeal is unable to accept used or second-hand gifts. Here are some hints: Gift cards, Books, Sporting equipment, Back to school supplies, arts & crafts, Headphones, Educational Toys, Toiletries, Musical instruments.

MYER – BIGGER THAN CHRISTMAS

Myer has launched their “Bigger than Christmas” campaign and through the Myer Community Fund are supporting disadvantaged children and families.  All funds raised through POS Round-Up and the sale of Myer Charity Bear will go towards the Myer Community Fund, which proudly supports The Salvation Army, Myer’s national charity partner, and 60 local charities across Australia.

The campaign continues until December 25th.