Spread joy to those in need this Christmas
GENEROUS Queenslanders are being called upon to donate toys to fill the stockings of over 9500 children living in care this Christmas.
Minister for Child Safety, Youth and Women Di Farmer said the national online charity GIVIT is again supporting the Queensland Government’s annual Kids in Care Christmas Gift Donation Drive.
“Our foster and kinship carers do a wonderful job making sure that children in care feel safe and loved in a family environment,” she said.
GIVIT’s CEO Sarah Tennant said they’re looking for gifts for children living in care, from newborns to 17-year-olds.
“While Christmas for many is a time of celebration, it can also be a difficult time of year for children and young people who can’t live with their own,” she said.
“For as little as a $20 donation you can make a child or teenager feel special and know they’re being thought of this Christmas. Gift ideas include toys, gift cards, sporting equipment, board games, books or clothes for babies to teenagers.
“I urge anyone who is able to give to consider dropping an extra toy or a gift card into your trolley when you’re shopping for your own family and then donate it online.”
To donate to the statewide 2019 Gift Donation Drive, purchase a new, unwrapped gift, a gift card or make a tax-deductible donation at givit.org.au/ kidsincare.
Gifts can be delivered to service centres across Queensland until December 6.
For gift ideas, or to find your nearest service centre, visit www.qld.gov.au/bringasmiletoachild.