How to help out Canberrans in need this Christmas

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Sammy Rose

RoundABOUT Contributor

Christmas isn’t always the most wonderful time of the year. For some, it’s a time of increased money worries, family conflict, stress and loneliness.

If you’re in a place of privilege this Christmas and can help out Canberrans in need, we’ve put together a list of ways you can help out, and make someone’s holiday’s a bit easier this festive season…


  • Volunteer

There’s a bunch of local organizations and charities who need volunteers, particularly over Christmas. You can start your search by checking the Volunteering ACT website.

There you’ll find a full list of community events in need of volunteers, as well as the organization’s contact details. Well-known charities that are looking for volunteers include Lifeline Canberra, the Canberra Hospital Foundation, RSPCA, Vinnies, Karinya House, Woden Community Service, Communities at Work, and Orange Sky Australia. 

  • Donate $$

If you can’t make time to volunteer, a simple donation can make all the difference. A monetary donation, no matter how small, can help an organisation provide helpful services, as well as goods and products that will go directly to those in need this Christmas. Multiple food banks across the nation’s capital also accept donations of dry goods, including the food pantry’s run by Communities at Work.

  • Donate Unwanted Goods and Products

The holidays are a popular time of year for a clean out, whether it be the pantry, wardrobe, or garage. If you’ve got some unwanted items that could be useful to someone else, take it to a charity drop off, or destination. You can find a full list of charity bin locations on our website HERE. 

  • Give Blood

Blood donations save lives. Donating blood to the Australian Red Cross Blood Service is a great way to give without having to spend a time. It’s easier than ever to donate blood or plasma, with the convenience of website and online booking systems. You can book online and find your closest locations HERE.  



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