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how to give back this Christmas

As we gear up for one of the most expensive and busy months of the year, it’s easy to be so consumed with our own deadlines, stresses and plans to forget about the wider community and those within it who perhaps don’t have plans for Christmas or budgets for gifts. 

While so many of us look forward to Christmas day and the festivities before and after, there are some who dread the disappointment that this time may bring.

While we enjoy prime meat cuts, prawns and bubbles, there are some who will dine at a shelter or perhaps be grateful for food at all.

While we balk at the price of the latest gadgets, feel frustrated that we have to wait in line to pay for our intended gifts and get annoyed there are no parks at Westfields, there are some who don’t have a car to park or anyone to buy gifts for even if they could.

But don’t despair, there is much you can do to balance the books, help to ease your conscience and give back during a time when so many think giving is about spending a fortune on unwanted gifts.

Ways to give back this Christmas:

The Australian Mutuals Foundation

The primary purpose of the AMF is to provide a vehicle for Endeavour Mutual Bank Ltd and other mutuals to assist needy children in Australia, and to alleviate poverty in some of the poorest communities in South East Asia and the Pacific by the creation of sustainable cooperative financial organisations.

Endeavour Mutual Bank intends to donate up to 5% of annual profits to the AMF, and it is hoped that other mutuals and individuals will also make donations. The initial donation from Endeavour Mutual Bank made in 2016 was $175,000.   Find out more about this charity here.  
 

Barnardos Australia

A charity close to the hearts of Endeavour Mutual Bank staff, you can donate directly to this cause to help children suffering from, or who are at risk of abuse.  Find out how you can make a difference here

Read about our how Endeavour Mutual Bank Staff volunteered their time at the annual Special Children's Chrismas 2017 event here.  

Oxfam:

Choose from a range of practical gifts for developing communities abroad such as a chicken, a new well or a pig.  Explore the full range of useful gifts here.  

RSPCA:

Instead of buying a pet from a pet shop or a breeder (which in many cases use unethical breeding methods) adopt a pet already needing a home from RSPCA.

WWF:

Alternatively adopt a pet you can’t cuddle but which needs funds to help its cause, raising much needed funds for research and awareness of endangered species.  Choose from a range of furry friends from a koala to a snow lepoard here.  
 

Kmart Wishing Tree:

Several of the big department stores have a donation tree where you can leave wrapped gifts for people less fortunate that yourself.  Kmart is just one of them.  Consider keeping aside any unwanted gifts this year to donate to the collection next year. 

There are so many ways to give back, from finding a charity which resonates with you, to looking out for your neighbour or helping an elderly lady cross the road.  And of course any time of year is a good time to have a generous heart, not just at Christmas.