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Christmas assistance

Christmas assistance

We encourage you to embrace the festive cheer to help families doing it tough in Manningham at Christmas time. 

Thanks to the ongoing generosity of the Manningham community, Doncare sets up a pop-up Christmas shop which affords clients the opportunity to personally select gifts for their children.  Over the years, hundreds of individuals and families have given to children less fortunate by donating at Doncare’s Wishing Trees. 

Doncare aims to provide families the dignity and power of choice each year by being able to choose for themselves the gifts that will make their child’s Christmas magical.  

Which is why this year we are asking Manningham’s generous donors to please consider donating gift vouchers to allow parents the opportunity to choose the perfect gift specific to their child’s age, personal interests and likes. 

Simply take a tag from one of Doncare’s Christmas Giving trees and use the QR Code to make a secure financial donation via PayPal.  Your donation will contribute to a gift card that the parent or carer can use to buy gifts for their child and/or teenager. We ask that you do not leave gift cards on or under the trees.  

If your family enjoys purchasing a gift for a child, this of course would be gratefully received and tags will be available to attach to your gift.  Please do not wrap your present.

Doncare plays an essential role in the Manningham community, throughout the whole year. Any gifts or vouchers not used in our Christmas Giving will be used to support Doncare’s ongoing Emergency Relief and Student Wellbeing programs in 2024. 

Doncare’s Wishing Trees are located at:

  • Doncare Op Shop Tunstall Square
  • The Pines Shopping Centre
  • Bulleen Plaza
  • Aquarena
  • Warrandyte Library
  • Doncaster Library
  • Manningham Council Civic Centre 



Emergency Relief

Community demand for emergency relief is always high but this is particularly so at Christmas time when families are living so close to the margin and struggling to simply put a meal on the table, much less to provide special Christmas treats. Your donations of food and gift vouchers enable Doncare to distribute additional support to supplement Christmas food. As Manningham is such a multi-cultural community where cuisine varies significantly, donating a supermarket gift card is a great idea as it allows people to choose grocery items just like you and me. Both Coles and Woolworths sell “Groceries Gift Cards” which cannot be redeemed for alcohol or tobacco.

Woolworths sell “Groceries Only” gift cards which can be purchased online at Coles gift cards are available for purchase in all Coles supermarkets. You can choose any amount to load on your gift card, between $5 and $500


Monetary donations to Doncare can be made securely online here or donations of cash, gift cards, new toys or non-perishable food items can be made at our office at Suite 4, Level 1, 687 Doncaster Road, Doncaster.

If your school, church, community group or business would like to conduct a fundraiser for Doncare, please call us on 9856 1500. Thank you for choosing to support the local community through Doncare.