Christmas Appeal

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Host a Giving Tree and Collect Christmas Donations

No one should have to miss out on Christmas. Many families and children have missed out on so much already this year, with the smoke and bushfires, and then the COVID-19 pandemic. Help us make sure they don’t miss out on Christmas too by helping us increase our Christmas donations.

If you would like to help, hosting a Giving Tree at your workplace, school or community group is a great way to show your support and make a significant difference to those who are finding it tough.  And it’s easy!

We will provide you with a toolkit of resources and instructions on how to get started and you just start collecting the donations. (Please note: we do not supply a tree).

Even if you don’t have a tree, you can set up a little something in a corner – whether it’s a table or a box or something else – and run a donation drive for Christmas to collect food and gifts.

How do I Set Up a Giving Tree Donation Drive this Christmas?

  • STEP 1 Get Approval: Obtain approval from your organisation or school
  • STEP 2 Type of donations: Decide what items you would like to collect for Communities@Work:
    • Food (see our suggested list below)
    • Gifts (see our suggested list below)
    • Food and Gifts
  • STEP 3 Date: Decide when you will hold your donation drive (start and finish dates). ​As we support people throughout December, we would appreciate early collections, rather than everything arriving the week before Christmas!
  • STEP 4 Register with us: Visit our Get in Touch page (click here), and fill out the registration form by selecting “Register to Host a Giving Tree.”
  • STEP 5 Resource Toolkit: Check out our Giving Tree toolkit of resources (a poster, newsletter/website/email text, images, etc.) and download the toolkit (or individual resources) to support your Giving Tree campaign by clicking here. 
  • STEP 6 Start Collecting: Set up your Giving Tree and start collecting donations!
  • STEP 7 Deliver Donations: Organise to get the donations to Communities@Work. You can either drop them off yourself at our Tuggeranong or Gungahlin sites or contact us to pick them up for you.
  • STEP 8 Thank Supporters: Thank your supporters with our downloadable thank-you certificate (part of the toolkit – coming soon).



I just want to donate. Where do I bring my Christmas Donations?

You can donate food, gifts, and toys for both adults and children, or even money, to make someone’s Christmas in the Canberra community.

In early October, we will be listing here the locations of Giving Trees (donation drop off points) in our community that are collecting food and gifts on behalf of Communities@Work. You can, of course, also bring your donations straight to us at either:

  • Communities@Work Tuggeranong (Tuggeranong Community Centre), 245 Cowlishaw Street, Greenway (open Mon-Fri, 9 am – 4 pm)
  • Communities@Work Gungahlin (Gungahlin Community Centre), 47 Ernest Cavanagh Street, Gungahlin (open Mon-Fri, 9 am – 4 pm)

What should I donate?

Based on what our clients have said, we have made a list of suggested food or gifts and toys for donation. It would be great if you could use this list as a guide:


Make a Financial Donation

If you would prefer to make a financial donation, please donate online here. Please note that all monetary donations throughout the year go to our food, clothing and accommodation support programs. Your Christmas donations will be used to help put food on the table for those struggling, and to bring joy to them during this festive period.

Frequently Asked Questions: Christmas Donations

For answers to questions such as how many people we assist, how are donations accessed, how much food do we receive, how many gifts we give out, etc., please download and view our frequently asked questions. If you have further questions or concerns, you can contact us via Get in Touch or email us at

Download our Christmas appeal FAQs (FACT SHEET) by clicking here.


Year-Round Collection Points

We also have year-round bins collecting non-perishable food:

  • Cooleman Court – near the lift, lower ground floor
  • Calwell Shopping Centre
  • Gungahlin Village (outside Coles)
  • Gungahlin Marketplace (outside Woolworths)

See how community donations helped stock our Christmas Caves last year and brought joy to vulnerable people!


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