Help us bring hope to families in need this Christmas
This Christmas season we ask that you remember AnglicareSA again, this time in your holiday plans. While preparing for joyous celebrations with your friends and family, it’s important to stop and reflect on the joys and blessings in your own life while also being aware that not everyone is so fortunate.
We provide a number of greatly needed services in the community during the Christmas period including food hampers, toiletries, nutritious meals, clothing and Christmas treats, as well as short term emergency accommodation.
Last year we provided support to more than 2,000 people with nowhere else to turn. This included handing out 950 Christmas hampers to people like Michael and his mum (see below).
Your support of our work has a powerful impact, not only on the people with whom we work directly, but also on the wider community. We are completely reliant on charitable donations in order to continue to provide these services.
You can donate online using our secure donation box on the right of this page.
Call (08) 8305 9200 to make a phone donation.
Or you can make a cheque or money order payable to:
159 Port Road,
Hindmarsh SA 5007
What Your Donation Does
Michael and His Mum’s Story
My name is Karen and I’m the Manager, Emergency Assistance and Community Support at AnglicareSA.
During the controlled chaos of Christmas Hamper distribution at our Magdalene Centre in Adelaide’s CBD last December, I noticed a young boy gazing at one of the Christmas Hamper gift shelves containing toiletries donated by community members. I approached him and asked where his parent was. The boy pointed in the direction of the food tables where people were busy selecting Christmas lunch ingredients, treats and toys. I noticed that the boy, Michael, who I discovered was nine years old, was staring at a particular item.
“I wish I could give Mum a present this Christmas,” Michael said in a soft, desperate tone. “Mum doesn’t have any money, so I can’t get any pocket money to save up and buy her a gift.” With tears welling in his eyes he added, “I really want to give Mum something nice because she does everything for me. Sometimes she gives me her dinner so that I can have more to eat.”
Michael then looked up at me and, shyly said, “I wish I could give Mum that,” while pointing at a bottle of bath salts in vivid shades of yellow, red and blue.
Later that morning, Michael left the Magdalene Centre with a cheeky grin on his face and the bath salts hidden in his jumper so that Mum couldn’t see. Little did he know, his Mum had secretly picked out a Nerf gun for him, complete with foam pellets, and concealed it in her handbag. She had also selected some food items for them both to enjoy on Christmas day.
Michael is one of the many children who dread the Christmas season, mainly because their families cannot buy Christmas food, treats, presents, decorations or even new clothing. For some a hot meal is nothing but a dream let alone treats and presents for their children.
That’s why our AnglicareSA Emergency Assistance Centres need your help to stock shelves with Christmas hamper items for South Australians in need.
Please donate to our Christmas Appeal this year to help families like Michael’s to enjoy a meal and the experience of gift giving on Christmas day.
Thank you for your time and support.