Advent 2021 #14: Good Cheer Returns

Last week I blogged about a few groups around Sydney that were sharing the love… or Christmas Cheer. Here’s a few more Christian organisations who are letting their love of Christmas – and Christ, in general – guide their festive season activities.

Caritas Australia

Caritas is a Catholic organisation that works with those who are vulnerable in both Australia and overseas. They work to assist individuals and groups to develop their skills so they can develop their community. They are shaped by values that come from the Catholic Social Tradition: the dignity of the human person, the common good, subsidiarity and participation, and solidarity.

At Christmas time you can make a donation to their work by visiting their site.

Salvation Army Christmas Appeal

You know it’s almost Christmas when you walk through a train station and someone from the Salvos is standing there with a big red bucket. If you’re like me, you chuck a few coins without thinking much about it, other than “I know they’re going to help someone, here, take my money.”

According to their website, The Salvation Army Christmas Appeal this year is focused on helping those who are struggling due to what the latest round of the pandemic has inflicted on them: job insecurity, unemployment, the housing crisis and… well, you name it, really.

Much like Mary and Joseph, there are plenty of families out there with no place to lay their head for the night. No room in the inn is more like no money to buy a house though.

You can find out more about it here.

Yours tossing pennies in a big red bucket,


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