Finished your Christmas shopping, what about helping a child in need this Christmas?

Your last Christmas gift could benefit the life of a child less fortunate and one could cost you less than a cup of coffee.

The Red Cross and Triple J charity hit, Christmas Number 1 has allowed tens of thousands of music lovers to make a real difference to families in crisis this Christmas, just by downloading the single from iTunes or Google Play.

Christmas Number 1 reached number one on iTunes just six days after its release, debuted in the top ten on the national ARIA music chart, and recorded over 60,000 views on YouTube in less than two weeks.

Red Cross CEO Robert Tickner says he is “over the moon” with the song and its success and it’s a great way to give a little something to someone who really needs it through the Red Cross Christmas Appeal.

“This year’s Christmas Appeal will help provide breakfast for children who might otherwise go to school hungry next year, make sure elderly and frail Australians receive daily phone calls so they can continue to live independently and help families and loved ones prepare for, respond to and recover from future disasters.

Tickner says you can download the Christmas Number 1 from iTunes or Google Play for less than the cost of a cup of coffee, but bigger donations are also welcome on their website or by calling 1800 811 700.

HERE ARE FIVE OTHER worthwhile causes to get involved with this Christmas for the sake of kids:

Operation Christmas Child– Operation Christmas Child is a unique project of Samaritan’s Purse Australasia-Operation that involves places numerous gifts in a shoebox for kids to enjoy opening on Christmas. Last year over 308,000 shoe boxes full of gifts were sent from Australia and New Zealand.

Christmas Tree Appeals– Most shopping centres and some major stores run Christmas tree appeals, where you can place a gift under the provided tree and it will be given to children and families in need.

Kids in Care- Right now, a staggering 1 in 10 Australian kids are living in financial disadvantage – which means their families can only provide the bare necessities. The effects are far-reaching. They struggle in almost every situation. It’s a weight no child should ever have to bear. You can donate to their Christmas Appeal to provide vital support so these kids can get the futures they deserve.

World Vision- You can commit to sponsoring a child or buy a Christmas gift from their gift catalogue that will keep giving- including soccer balls, goats and chickens, clean water or education.

Royal Children’s Hospital Christmas Appeal- The Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation needs donations this year to help Queensland’s sick kids get better sooner. Your gift will help work wonders in research and patient care!


Do you donate to or volunteer for charities over Christmas?