Better to give than receive
EACH children the true meaning of Christmas by getting them to donate one of their toys or pocket money to someone that doesn’t get a present from Santa.
Each year Susie Christie and her son Cam host the Gold Coast Community Christmas Lunch to make sure no one spends Christmas Day alone and that every child gets a gift.
Ms Christie is looking for donations from the community to make sure everyone has a Merry Christmas this year.
“Hundreds of families are scraping to get by week to week and the idea of a big celebration with food and gifts is beyond their means,’’ she said.
“It is for all of these people that we are arranging this day. It will be a party, a celebration with food, entertainment and gifts, and everyone is welcome.”
Ms Christie said when her son was young they put money aside from about July and by December were able to buy some gifts and luxury items for those less fortunate than themselves.
It’s a lesson that has carried with Mr Christie and every year he flies up from Sydney on Christmas Eve to help his mum get ready for the community lunch.
Ms Christie said she recently had a call from a mother whose seven-yearold son couldn’t believe Santa didn’t come to all children.
“He was so concerned about this, that when he was shopping he bought a skateboard with this own money to give away to someone,” Ms Christie said.
“It’s these acts of kindness that help families with nothing have a memorable Christmas.
“Even if we can give people a supermarket gift card as they leave the luncheon to put food in their fridges, this will mean so much to them.”
To help, or for details, visit www.gcchristmaslunch.com
Parents can teach their kids it’s better to give than to receive, especially to those in need.