Christmas is the perfect time of year to slow down, to count your blessings and be grateful for the things you have.
It’s also a great time of year to take the time to do small acts of kindness others and teach your kids to do the same.
Today I sat down with our children and with their help, we have compiled a list of Random Acts of kindness that you can easily implement over December.
1. Check on neighbours and see if there is anything you can help with
2. Send a box of chocolates or gourmet hamper to a nurses station
3. Register as an organ donor
4. Cook dinner for a friend or family member
5. Feed an expired parking meter
6. Compliment someone
7. Offer to carrying someone’s bag/s
8. Buy someone flowers just because.
9. Mow your neighbours lawn after mowing your own
10. Drop off cat/dog food to a local rescue organisation
11. Donate blood
12. Write someone a thank you note
13. Hold the door open for someone
14. Place a gift under a wishing tree
15. Send an email to someone just to say
16. Send through a compliment to the business owner when you receive great service
17. Share a business lead
18. Tell someone why you respect them
19. Send a box of chocolates or gourmet hamper to a nurses station
20. Register as an organ donor
21. Leave a note admiring a strangers garden
22. Pay for the car behind you at the drive through
23. Leaving a glowing review for a business you love
24. Gift a book that will resonate with someone having a hard time
25.Take a friend to the movies
26 Place a present under a giving tree.
Geelong is full of amazing organisations and not for profits who could benefit from your donations, whether that be your time, your money or your unneeded items.
I have compiled a list of local organisations that need could use our help, especially over the busy Christmas period.
Peace Bro Co - Wildlife Rescue
A wildlife rescue organisation servicing Geelong and Bellarine run by Ben Dekker and his team of volunteers.
Ben sells hoodies, tshirts and other apparel
The Geelong Community Foundation believes that our community has needs which are not being met from other funding sources. The Geelong Community Foundation encourages individuals, families, corporates and other organisations to make donations to meet these needs, now and in the future.
Their mission is to rehome pre-loved nursery goods to support Victorian families in need while saving the earth’s precious resources.
They collect, sort and redistribute essential nursery equipment, clothing, books and toys for babies and school age children.
Barwon Health Foundation
The activities of the Barwon Health Foundation are directed towards the following objectives:
To raise funds for the purchase of equipment and medical facilities
To help increase patient comfort and care
To fund medical research and scholarships undertaken by Barwon Health
To raise funds for vital capital campaigns
Foundation 61 provides a live-in community on the outskirts of Geelong, offering hope and direction for people dealing with life controlling issues. These issues are often, but not exclusively, associated with the use of drugs and alcohol.
Donations can be made through their website and they are currently looking for volunteers to assist them.
Lifelifine run a 24 hour telephone crisis support service for people in crisis. Every single day, Lifeline Geelong Barwon Region makes a huge difference to people’s lives through a broad range of programs and services that deliver information and support to the most vulnerable members of our community.
They are currently looking for volunteers and accepting donations.
Samaritan House Geelong
Samaritan House Geelong exists to help men experiencing homelessness - our guests - in the Greater Geelong Region by providing welcoming accommodation, an evening meal and ongoing support.
Their vision is to both provide crisis accommodation and work alongside their guests to transition to a better and stable future.
Geelong Animal Welfare
There are many ways to support GAWS and their incredible work. They provide rehoming services for thousands of lost, stray and abandoned animals.
They need you and want you on board with them! There are many ways to support by, become a regular donor today, workplace giving, corporate supporter or volunteer.
For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Barwon Child, Youth and family
The Little Teapot Cafe
The Little Teapot Cafe is run by a team of dedicated staff and volunteers who dream of seeing every person connected and loved for who they are. The Cafe is a welcoming space for families to attend and connect with other parents and also proceeds go to programs run int the community that help families. You can donate directly through their website or volunteer your time in the cafe.
The Winged Horse
The Winged Horse Equine Welfare Inc is a not-for-profit, registered charity based locally in Portarlington. They take in unwanted, neglected or slaughter-bound horses and other animals to rehabilitate, support and eventually find them their perfect home.
Geelong Animal Rescue
GAR (Geelong Animal Rescue GAR Ltd) is often confused with GAWS (Geelong Animal Welfare Society).
Whilst GAR does assist GAWS with re-homing GAWS animals, we are completely separate entities.
GAWS is the animal shelter in Moolap, with a full time in-house vet and paid staff.
GAR has none of these.
GAR operates from within the homes of its volunteers. All GAR volunteers and members are unpaid and donate their time and effort to provide a voice for the unwanted animals of Geelong and wider Victoria.
Feed Geelong exists to address hunger and immediate food insecurity in the Geelong / G21 region. Our aim is to raise awareness of the food insecurity crisis on our doorstep whilst raising valuable funds to assist our region’s emergency food relief system which is working on a daily basis to helping the men, women and children in our community who are struggling to put three nutritious meals on the table each day.
Geelong Food Relief Centre
The Geelong Food Relief Centre operates two mini-marts in the G21 region where disadvantaged members of the community can access emergency food relief via a voucher redemption system. Clients receive these vouchers from our charity partners after being assessed.
In 2016, we assisted over 12,000 families equating to 32,730 individuals with our aim to provide a range of nutritious food to those in need. GFRC distributed 321,796 kgs of food in 2016.
Sunny Days Rescue and Rehab
Sunny Days Rescue and Rehab, do exactly as the name suggest, assisting in the rehab & rehoming of animals in the Geelong region, particularly stray born cats & ex-racing greyhounds.
To donate pls use the following account details:
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