Unsure what to give the person who has everything? Want to give back this Christmas and make a contribution to society? Or want to teach your children that Christmas is a time of giving? Below are four charity organizations that have made their Christmas appeals known to me and I thought I would share with my lovely readers.
Kmart Wishing Tree Appeal
Now it's 23rd year, the Kmart Wishing Tree Appeal is New Zealand's largest and longest running Christmas gift appeal, supporting families who are unable to provide gifts at Christmas. Charity partner, The Salvation Army, distribute the toys left at the Wishing Trees at Kmart stores New Zealand wide to families that would otherwise go without at Christmas. This year they aim to raise more than 50,000 gifts. You can help by purchasing a new toy, either from Kmart or elsewhere, and placing it under the Wishing Tree in store at your local Kmart with one of the provided gift tags attached noting whom the gift is best suited. Or you can purchase a $1 gift tag from the counter with all proceeds going directly to the appeal.
Now in it's ninth year, the Starship Foundation has released a book inconjunction with the Young Authors Challenge. Nine winning stories were chosen out of more than 1600 entries authored by children from primary and intermediate schools across Auckland. Each story is illustrated by a star-studded line up of sportspeople, foodies, musicians, designers and artists including Starship Ambassador Keven Mealamu who also illustrated the front cover. The stories and illustrations have been collated into the annual Starship Storybook, this year titled "Kindness, Courage and More Uplifting Stories". The book can be purchased from Barfoot & Thompson and all proceeds from the book go to the Starship Foundation.
Give the gift of SunSmart this summer. Every purchase of Cancer Society Sunscreen plays a key role in funding cancer prevention in New Zealand. The Cancer Society receives no government funding. All Cancer Society work comes from funds raised by volunteers and from each Cancer Society Sunscreen sold. Sales of the Cancer Society Sunscreen has raised $2 millions since 2013.
Farmers and Hospice New Zealand have teamed up with FLOX to design an incredible Manuka flower inspired Christmas bauble, with 100% of the $10 purchase price going to your local Hospice. The Manuka flower was chosen for it's historical medicinal properties and aromatherapy attributes that are still used today. Limited edition decorations are available at your local Farmers store.