Giving At Christmas

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On my Christmas Planning Checklist, this week’s activity was: Toys for giving / find somewhere to volunteer. This year with organising the craft stall for my childrens school, I have become a little behind on some things, like the ironing, organising birthday parties and some general home organisation. It had been my intention to have spent some time investigating volunteer options for around Christmas time, that my eldest son and I could do. Unfortunately this has not happened, and with the school Christmas Craft stall and two birthdays in the next two weeks, it just isn’t going to happen.

We will still conduct a toy rationalisation, which will incorporate the children donating good quality toys to Vinnies. But to make up for not volunteering I wanted to do a bit extra. We had some fabric kindly donated to the school for the craft group. We have used what we can and still had quite a bit left ofter. I remembered that I saw a tweet from @catebolt some time ago asking for fabric, so sent off a tweet to Cate to see if she still needed fabric and have since had it couried up to Queensland.


Cate is part of project18, which is a not for profit organisation that is raising funds to set up an orphanage and a sanctuary in Indonesia.

The plan is to establish an orphanage on the island of Sumatra in Indonesia. When complete the village will consist of 18 x 3 bedroom homes, each housing up to 8 children and a house mother. The system is based on effective plans in Africa, where the children are raised in a loving family environment, rather than in huge dormitories with 40+ children to a room. – Orphanage Village, project18

Our program intends to include a conservation program, whereby each child who schools with us will have wildlife conservation as a key learning outcome, and the children will be able to participate in a refuge program for displaced animals. We hope that by getting these children up-close and personal with this amazing wildlife, and instilling an understanding or the importance of wildlife conservation, they will be more inclined to carry that with them into their future lives. – Wildlife Refuge and Reforestation, project18

You too can support project18, by doing some of your Christmas shopping at their online shop, or by donating directly to the organisation, or by volunteering your time. Check out the Get Involved page of their website.

Hopefully next year I will be a little more organized and spend some time volunteering. I would love to here what charitable activities you support at Christmas.