I was offered for the same reason, but I am not as keen as other people to just get gifts that other people will need more than I do. Plus I simply dont like to take charity. Its this stupid pride thing I have :\
So yes, I think you need to be on some kind of Centerlink payment.
DS doesn't understand birthdays and Christmas's yet. This is great as his birthday is a week before Christmas and this year I can only afford 1 new present for each occasion and some opshop toys. So he wont be going comparing with other kids yet.
I was really hoping to do a bit better this year for DS, but this very unexpected and really unfair $600 insurance excess, is ruining any chance of this happening.
So now Im hoping next year will be financially a bit better. Im sure praying for it anyway.
Charity and me dont mingle. I love to give, but dont want to receive when it isn't very necessary.