Ever since the magi arrived in Bethlehem, Christmas and gift-giving have gone hand-in-hand. The magi gave precious gifts out of their treasure (Matthew 2) to honour the infant king.
In twenty-first century Australia we give gifts at Christmas for all sorts of reasons: to show our love for someone; to show thankfulness for what others have done for us during the year; and sometimes we give gifts because we feel we have to!
We often have to think about what to give the people we love, because so many of us we have all we need. Our Sunday papers publish gift-giving guides on ‘what to get the person who has everything’!
Before we get too busy this Christmas, we encourage you to take a moment to consider how you can give to those who have so little.
This year, funds from Anglican Aid’s Christmas Appeal will go to a range of projects, both in Australia and overseas. There are so many who need our help:
- Families struggling with long-term unemployment in Sydney’s south-west
- Communities broken by drug and alcohol abuse in inner-Sydney
- Children with cerebral palsy living in townships around Jeffrey’s Bay in South Africa’s Eastern Cape province
- Victims of domestic violence in Bangalore
- Children who rely on an egg each day at preschool to grow strong and healthy
This year, whatever you give your loved ones, your children’s teacher, your neighbour, your boss, please give to Anglican Aid’s Christmas Appeal, and give hope to people in need.
You can donate to the Christmas Appeal in the following ways:
- Online by credit card, by clicking the 'Support this Project' above.
- By phone, by calling (02) 9284 1406 between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday.
- Direct deposit donations can be made to our bank account BSB 032078, Account Number 253493, Account Name: Anglican Aid. Please place your surname and “Christmas” in the reference line. Please email the office with details of your donation at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Cheques can be posted to PO Box Q190, QVB Post Office NSW 1230. Please make your cheque out to 'Anglican Aid'.
ABN 28 525 237 517
If this appeal is oversubscribed, excess funds will be allocated to other Anglican Aid tax-deductible projects approved by the Board.