True philanthropy is the spirit of giving and the Manningham community knows how to send tidings and joy to people doing it tough at Christmas time. Doncare is extremely grateful to the local schools, kindergartens, sporting clubs, businesses and churches who generously donate food and toys to give to others. This community generosity enables Doncare to spread the festive cheer to families experiencing financial hardship, helping them to have a happy Christmas.
In 2016, the Doncare Christmas Assistance program distributed toys and food vouchers to 123 families, which meant 290 children received toys. Extra food assistance was provided to 281 pensioners and families experiencing hardship during the Christmas season as well as 38 Christmas cakes courtesy of the Donvale Lions Club. The Information and Crisis Support program also distributed over 95 Christmas hampers to Manningham families. Doncare thanks Lifehouse Church, Vantage Point Church, Philip Webb Real Estate and Eastern Emergency Relief Network for their generous donations of hampers. It was fabulous to also have Commonwealth Bank staff and retired officers personally delivering hampers to people in need as part of the bank’s Operation Plum Pudding.
Individuals like Andrew Milligan from Doncaster East also make a significant contribution to Doncare by encouraging people viewing his Christmas lights display to make a gold coin donation. Andrew’s Christmas lights display gets bigger and better every year and his efforts have raised thousands of dollars for Doncare. This generosity of spirit reflects Doncare’s philosophy of ‘for the community by the community’ where local people are empowered to make a positive impact by supporting Doncare to help others overcome adversity, particularly during the festive season.
Christmas Shopping Experience
At Christmas time, many families cannot provide toys for their children so Doncare sets up a pop up Christmas shop and invites clients to personally select gifts which affords people the dignity and empowerment of choice. It is a massive undertaking to coordinate and we commence preparations in September. By December all hands are on deck as Doncare Community Support Workers, volunteers and staff collect and distribute the extremely generous donations of toys and food from a wide range of community groups, businesses, church groups, and schools over the festive period. It is always rewarding for us to conclude the year exhausted but knowing that we have collectively made all the difference.
Doncare Wishing Trees
We encourage you to embrace the festive cheer to help families doing it tough in Manningham at Christmas time. Hundreds of individuals and families give to children less fortunate by donating at Doncare’s Wishing Trees. Donated gifts form part of Doncare’s pop up Christmas shop to give families experiencing hardship the opportunity to choose toys for their children for Christmas.
Doncare’s Wishing Trees are located at
- Bulleen Plaza
- Warrandyte Library
- North Blackburn Shopping Centre
- Manningham City Council; and
- Doncaster Library at MC2.
Simply take a tag from the tree and donate a new toy for a child or a gift card for a teenager.
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 www.everydaygiftcards.com.au. 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.