Please note that you must be 18 years or older to register for any of our warehouse-based Christmas opportunities. Some roles are physical in nature and will include bending and lifting of 10kg. If you are not comfortable with these types of activities, we encourage you to view other volunteer opportunities we have available on our current opportunities page.
The Smith Family has a long and proud association with Christmas
The Smith Family was founded in 1922 when five businessmen delivered gifts to orphans on Christmas Eve. While today the charity’s year round focus is on providing long-term educational support for disadvantaged children, giving toy and books at Christmas is central to the The Smith Family's heritage.
“Supporting education is about more than just what happens in the classroom – it’s also about enabling positive experiences in the home and community which allow young people to feel included – and that’s why we continue to distribute toys and books at Christmas time.”
Dr Lisa O’Brien, CEO, The Smith Family
This Christmas, with the generous support of over 2,000 volunteers, The Smith Family will provide toy and book packs to over 15,000 disadvantaged children across Australia. If you’d like to help spread some Christmas cheer while experiencing a great sense of community and goodwill, our Christmas volunteering opportunities may be perfect for you!
“A wonderful day for our family to give instead of receiving and to understand what life is really about, making others feel special and loved…we will be volunteering for years to come.”
Christmas volunteer, 2016
We truly believe supporting a child’s education is the best way to help break the cycle of disadvantage. By giving disadvantaged children and young people the support and resources they need to achieve their full potential, our impact will have a lasting effect on those we help today, and for generations to come.
One in seven Australian children and young people living in poverty need our support to make the most of their education. I urge you to explore our website to learn more about this important issue, our programs, and how you can make a difference.
We are truly grateful to the many thousands of caring Australians who support the work we do for families in need. Without your generosity, our work in 94 communities across Australia simply wouldn't be possible.