Donation plea to spread Christmas joy

November 28, 2016 by  

Mona Vale, New South Wales residents are being called on to donate gifts to help brighten Christmas for Northern Beaches’ youths who are homeless.

The request is part of the Youth Shoebox project, which teams a group of local young people with the Northern Beaches Council to help youths aged 11-25 years who are homeless or may be at risk of it in the future.

Mission Australia Youth Support Worker Julie Acton said Christmas is a time for postcards, holiday cards, greeting cards and gifts.

However, she said, there are young people who miss out completely at Christmas.

Ms. Acton said donations received by the organisation each year often target the very young children, which means teens and the area’s youth often miss out completely.

She said it is a fantastic idea to have a campaign such as the Youth Shoebox project that specifically targets youth.

To donate to the project, people are being asked to pack a shoebox with gifts to suit someone aged 11-25, provide a Christmas tag that states gender and age for whom it is targeted and then deliver it to any library within the Northern Beaches region before December 11.

Gift suggestions include a 2017 diary, sunglasses, a movie voucher, clothing, hair products and other personal items.

Youth homelessness services including Taldumande Youth Service, Mission Australia and The Burdekin Association will distribute the Christmas gifts.