Bet­ter to give than re­ceive

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - SCHOOL HOLIDAY GUIDE -

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.

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