Together, we can make a difference
What is Smile at Christmas?
Smile at Christmas is a ‘giving tree’ initiative. We’ll be placing Christmas trees far and wide in our community, complete with gift tags. Simply take a tag, choose the gender and age that’s best for you, and purchase a gift of your choice. Then place the gift under the tree at a time that suits you before collection days on December 11-12. All we ask is that the gifts are new, wrapped and non-perishable. And if you’re short on time, that’s no worries at all. We’ll pick it up from you – just give your local Smile Elite agent a call.
How did it come about?
Smile at Christmas is the brainchild of one of our agents, Ken Snell. What started as a simple idea to give to children has become a legacy that truly embodies the meaning of Christmas.
Christmas is full of fun and laughter for most of us, but it’s not like that for everyone. For some, there’s little to smile about.
- Over 662,000 Australian children are living in jobless families due to financial hardship, disability, illness, homelessness or social isolation.
- For these families, Christmas presents are a luxury they just can’t afford.
- This means that over 662,000 children will have a tough time this year, especially when seeing the excitement of their friends and neighbours.
We want to change that. How can you give a smile?
There are two ways you can help put a smile on a child’s face this Christmas.
The first is by putting up one of our trees. If you have passing foot traffic, we’d love to hear from you. We’re setting up in schools, shops and among community groups – the more trees we get out there, the more children we can make smile.
The second is by buying a gift. These are children/families who receive nothing, and so having something to open on Christmas day is an amazing gift in itself. It doesn’t have to be extravagant, just thoughtful. If you need ideas for a particular age group, please let us know – we’re happy to brainstorm and provide you with lists of popular gift ideas.
Because every person deserves a gift at Christmas
The Christmas season is about giving, goodwill and family. Get your children involved, make it a special event, and let them experience the true joy of the season.
Your gifts will be distributed across Sydney and Melbourne via Rotary.
Together, let’s make a person smile this season.
Contact your local Smile Elite agent or our corporate head quarters on 1300 712 712 or firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange donation of your special gift.