In the month leading up to Christmas we posted opportunities on our Facebook page for kids and families to give back. Here are stories about some of the generous kids and their families  who responded to our call outs.

“As most children focus on what Santa will bring them, some children are instead thinking about what they can give”. So starts the great recent coverage we received on page 2 of the Sydney Morning Herald. Wrapping Christmas hampers for delivery to addresses that read ‘under the subway’ is not what most of us are used to. Kudos to the generous kids who raised their hands to make a difference to those less fortunate, while gaining an eye-opening perspective on life in their own city. Read the full story here.

Packing Christmas Hampers at Uniting Care’s Harris Community Centre in Ultimo was another of the many collaborations we’ve enjoyed with Uniting Care since the inception of Kids Giving Back a year and a half ago. We are very grateful to Rose Teuma and the Uniting Care team for always finding plenty of ways to include Kids Giving Back in their incredible community work.

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Christmas gifts for asylum seeker and refugee children – a tale of two amazing mums (both called Vanessa) and their equally amazing families and friends

In lieu of giving each other Christmas gifts, 10 children (ages spanning 8 – 14 years) between 3 families and their parents, once again got together to create Christmas gift bags for kids aged 4 – 10 years which were given out at the Asylum Seekers Centre annual Christmas party. This is the second year Vanessa and her extended family have so generously donated gifts to children at the ASC. Our thanks especially go to the kids in the family for their generosity to our new Australians.

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Vanessa dropped us a line end October: “We are very keen to volunteer again this year with our families and kids. As you know we love our kids to appreciate what privileged lives they have and instil in them a willingness to help others who are less fortunate”.

Huge thanks also go to 3 other families who created Christmas gift bags for babies and toddlers aged 6-months to 3 years old, as well as for children 10 – 13 years. Mum Vanessa and her kids Ella, Zac and Lucie invited their friends mum Belinda and her kids Jackson, Evie and Cissy, and mum Lou and her kids Emelia, Hilary and Matilda to join them in making the gift bags which were given to refugee and asylum seeker families at the ASC Christmas party.

Your collective love and generosity was deeply felt by all gift recipients and by staff at the Asylum Seekers Centre. 

Christmas in Pyrmont

Featuring star volunteers….. cousins Indigo and Noah who volunteered at the Christmas in Pyrmont community street fair. In the words of Rose, Uniting Care’s coordinator “The Fair was an outstanding success and Noah and Indigo were fantastic. They were on the cupcake stall and sold stacks. The stall took in over $700.00. As the cupcakes were only $2.00 and $1.00 this was especially remarkable.”

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Well done guys! All the money raised goes to the Animal Welfare League, YMCA Brightside, and Pyrmont Cares which provides socially disadvantaged people in the City of Sydney with personal and material needs.

Hampers for The House of Welcome

But wait – there’s even more generosity to tell you about! We put out a call (via our Facebook page) for hampers to be given to the House of Welcome’s refugee and asylum seeker clients, and the response was phenomenal. Genevieve and her family together with friend Nisha and her family prepared hampers; Steve and Shelley Sher from Lacorium Health very generously donated 4 boxes of goods filled with shampoos, cosmetics, lollies and food products; and Jenny and Tim together with 2 other families (5 kids in total) made Christmas presents for kids and also came along to the party at the House of Welcome.

Kids Giving Back’s missions: Creating the Next Generation of Generosity, Connecting People, Bridging Communities.

KGB would like to report that our missions are well and truly being accomplished!

Happy holidays to all.