Please donate today and bring hope to families in need this Christmas
AnglicareSA’s Christmas Appeal is your opportunity to help put a smile on a disadvantaged family’s face this festive season.
Demand on AnglicareSA’s services continues to rise and we know that more people in need will be relying on our services and support as Christmas approaches. We urgently need to raise $150,000 before Christmas to enable us to provide food and shelter to those who have no one else to turn to.
Please donate now. Your donation will help us bring hope to South Australian families in crisis this Christmas.
You can donate online using our secure donation box on the right of this page.
Or you can make a cheque or money order payable to:
159 Port Road,
Hindmarsh SA 5007
Ella and her Mum’s story
Last year on Christmas Eve, I stumbled into AnglicareSA’s Magdalene Centre with my 6 year old daughter, Ella, feeling very scared and anxious. I had a black eye, no money and nowhere else to turn.
The previous day my husband had beaten me badly and, in his rage, also tore apart the Christmas Tree Ella had helped decorate and destroyed all the presents underneath it.
I had saved the whole year to buy those few gifts for Ella and was devastated that he had done this to us again. We had to get out of the house that night, so escaped quietly when my husband was asleep. Ella and I spent that night huddled together in my car not knowing what to do or what our future would hold.
The following morning, I came to you at AnglicareSA where I was warmly received by a kind lady who gave me a hug and told me I was safe now. Overcome with emotion, I burst into tears. I couldn’t believe this had happened to our family at Christmas, and now my little girl wouldn’t have any presents to open on Christmas Day.
Just then Ella turned to me and whispered “Don’t worry mummy, I know Santa won’t forget us. It will be alright. I will still get Christmas present…. I’ve been a good girl all year”.
I couldn’t believe the hope in her heart after all we had been through.
Another volunteer came and gently asked Ella if she’d like to go play with her. Ella had just stopped crying but would not let go of my hand. After promising that I was not going to disappear and leave, Ella agreed to go.
Once Ella had left the room, the kind lady began to talk through how AnglicareSA would be able to help me. I remember her saying to me several times, “Don’t blame yourself, it’s not your fault. There is never any excuse for domestic violence”. I was given information on abuse and she assured me that AnglicareSA would send the Police to my house and investigate. They also arranged emergency accommodation for us which I really appreciated – I did not want to spend another night in the car with Ella.
My greatest moment of relief came when she invited me to choose Christmas food and presents for Ella. She secretly took me out the back door of the Magdalene Centre to hide the presents in the boot of my car.
….You should have seen the overwhelming joy on Ella’s face on Christmas day when she saw the presents on the table. She excitedly said “Look mummy, I told you Santa wouldn’t forget us”.
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