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    But this Christmas take sometime out to think about those less fortunate then ourselves. Those who may have nothing.
    Among our new gadgets, toys, clothes, food and perfumes please remember to love each other and to be grateful for the beautiful healthy families we have, the food in our fridges and the roof over our heads because to some that would be the ultimate gift.


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    Hear hear. DH and I forfeited our right to gifts from each other years ago and we now spend the money on gifts for disadvantaged kids. After all, I really don't need another bottle of perfume or more chocolate. But a backpack for school or some clothes would be very welcome to kids in need.

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    how do you make sure the gifts you give to charity are going to the kids? Is there a list of who gives what where?

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    You could donate to a woman's shelter, that is going to get through to who needs it. There is also the Oxfam gifts for poor people overseas.

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    Kmart wishing tree

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ana Gram View Post
    You could donate to a woman's shelter, that is going to get through to who needs it. There is also the Oxfam gifts for poor people overseas.
    Yeah but its not like you can just google a womens shelter and walk in and hand them out. They are private for safety reasons ... arent they?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cleigh View Post
    how do you make sure the gifts you give to charity are going to the kids? Is there a list of who gives what where?
    Unless you give them in person (either to the kids or the charity) you never know 100% that its going where it should. I donate things not money which I think helps. And I researched charities before deciding on one that best fit my values and that I believed was doing the right thing.

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    Kmart wishing tree
    I don't really like the Kmart wishing tree as I know some people just pick up the presents and walk out.

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    One other option is the Givit list which is a list of specific requests for specific charities ... they are trying to empty their wish list and are super close to doing so. In particular they are looking for a pram for someone in Queensland who is expecting a bub soon. http://www.givit.org.au/The-givit-list.aspx

    Where possible I give to our local charities who I know and can research what they are doing with donations. Another option for Victorian mums is to donate 2nd hand goods to St Kilda Mums (info via facebook).

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    Oxfam are excellent. We give the oxfam gift donations to all our extended family (and they do too). They're a respected, reliable organisation and you choose exactly where the money goes. My mum also helps with the wishing tree and says all the gifts there go to children.


 

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