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For schools

Assistance at Christmas

Australia-wide this Christmas The Salvation Army expects to:

  • Assist more than 300,000 people during the Christmas period (This is approximately double what we see on average per month during the year)
  • Distribute nearly 500,000 toys to families in need
  • Feed Christmas Lunch to over 14,000 people
  • Distribute 100,000 food vouchers and hampers

Ways you can help

Toy Appeal

In the lead up to Christmas, The Salvation Army will set about collecting approximately 500,000 toys to give to families in need. This is just one of the ways the Salvos help provide children with a better and brighter Christmas. The Salvos’ Christmas Toy Appeal is a fun way for your students to embrace the Spirit of Christmas, practise generosity and share a sign of hope with other Australian children who are less fortunate. Please consider helping by donating new toys or other gifts to the Appeal.
Download Toy Appeal brochure with a list of gift ideas

Food drive

Christmas is a time of added expense. There are the usual costs such as food, rent and utility bills. On top of that families are trying to find extra cash for Christmas treats and gifts. Those who have barely managed to make ends meet throughout the year find their money no longer stretches far enough. The added expense of Christmas can be just too much. Then January hits and the bills from Christmas start to flood in. By donating non-perishable food items, you’ll be helping families and individuals enjoy a special Christmas meal. In addition, by providing food to eat over the Christmas and New Year period you’ll also be easing some of their financial burden.
Download Food drive brochure with a list of suggested items


Families in crisis have to cope with the added expense of Christmas and then, in many cases, also find the money to get their children ready for the new school year. Your donation will ensure that these extras are covered so Mums and Dads can relax and enjoy the festivities with their children. By hosting a cash fundraiser, your donation to The Salvation Army Christmas Appeal helps us provide hope and practical support to people who are struggling to buy the basics for Christmas. It also helps families with back-to-school expenses.

the secret of their success

The Knox school

Each year, as well as promoting the Christmas Appeal via school assemblies and newsletters, The Knox Middle School writes personalised letters to parents requesting support for their school’s appeal. The letters are personalised and are hand-written and decorated by the students. See sample letters here:

Follow these easy steps


Get permission from your school to participate in the Salvos’ Christmas Appeal.

Contact us to register

* You may want to organise pick up/drop off arrangements at the same time.


Choose what you’re going to do to support the appeal. Will you host a Toy Appeal, Food Drive, Cash Fundraiser or do you have another idea?


Encourage your staff, students and community to support your school’s contribution to the Appeal.

Donation point

Choose a secure/supervised location in your school where donations can be stored safely. Why not decorate the area to make it extra special and more attention grabbing? You might like to set up a Christmas tree and decorate a donation box.

Pick up

Organise pickup/drop off arrangements well ahead of time – the earlier the better – to ensure that donations are available for collection by no later than the second Friday in December


As you enjoy the festive season with family and friends, know that an Australian family is having a much brighter Christmas because of your generosity!