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Giving back

Christmas is traditionally a time to stop, reflect and, where you can, give back. It may be volunteering, buying an extra gift for a stranger or forgoing a little luxury like a morning coffee to make someone else’s day a bit brighter. Small gestures can have big impacts. Here are a few ways to show some goodwill across this festive season.
Give your time

The Smith Family
Spare a few hours to volunteer in the lead-up to Christmas or donate a new toy or book for children in need.

Hutt St Centre
Volunteer to be an Angel for a Day at this city charity dedicated to helping people facing homelessness to rebuild their lives, without judgement. Visit their website to see how you can help give those in need a hot lunch or breakfast.

Backpacks 4 SA Kids

Donate your time to pack a backpack or wrap presents for teenagers experiencing homelessness and children who’ve had to suddenly leave their home because of violence or traumatic situations.


With different skills needed and opportunities to help, contact AnglicareSA to find out the how you can give your time to help others whilst developing your skills at the same time.

Give what you’d like

Salvation Army
Add an extra present to the list for a child or teenager, wrap it with love and place it under the Giving Tree in the Central Market Arcade during December.

City Library

Give the gift of reading by donating a book for a child or teen at the City of Adelaide’s City Library, just off Rundle Mall. It’ll be distributed via the library’s charity partners, HYPA and Anglicare.

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Women’s & Children’s Hospital Foundation

From newborns to teenagers, add one more present to the list to donate to the foundation’s annual toy drive. Don’t wrap it though, as the team try to pick something unique for each child that they’ll truly love.

Give what you can spare

Minda Inc

Christmas gift wrappingDuring December, drop your Christmas gifts with the wonderful Minda Inc. volunteers in Adelaide Arcade. For a donation per gift, they’ll lovingly wrap your goodies ready for placing under the tree!

St Vincent de Paul Society

Support Vinnies Christmas Appeal by making a donation on 13 18 12 or ask what can be gifted to be included within Christmas hampers or food drives.


Visit the Tree of Goodness in the Adelaide Central Market to make a donation. Every $1 enables OzHarvest to deliver two meals to men, women and children in need. For each contribution a decoration will be added to the tree. Watch as the tree flourishes in response to the community goodwill!

Three Ways to Make a Difference

Pay it forward
Reward a compliment with a kind word to another person. It won’t cost you a cent and just might make their day!

Reach out
You might see them every day but maybe you’ve never spoken? A quick hello, a friendly wave or a “how are you today?” is a simple way to start a connection with a new neighbour.

Remember the workers
Spare a thought for people working through the festive holidays to keep life ticking along. Whether it’s the crew collecting rubbish bins or a nurse helping you out at a hospital – a “thank you” is all it takes to show your appreciation.

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Angelica Sculli

Angelica Sculli


  • How do I volunteer for gift wrapping please? I live in the northern suburbs and love wrapping presents! Ita a way I know I could help out. Thanks x

    • Hi Cath, how lovely of you to offer your time. Minda has a wrapping station within Adelaide Arcade that has volunteers who offer their time to wrap presents. Perhaps contact Minda direct to find out how you might be able to offer your services to them – if not this year, maybe next.

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