Cairns to the Cape
We are excited to be partnering with Churches of Christ for our Cairns to the Cape Christmas Appeal! Help us bring joy to children, young people, foster and kinship carers across Cape York this Christmas.
What is Cairns to the Cape?
The Churches of Christ Children, Youth and Families division is based in Cairns and serves all foster children and families in Aurukun, Pormpuraaw, Kowanyama, Weipa, Napranum, Mapoon and Lockhart River. Children belong in safe and caring homes, but families are complicated and some face significant challenges that mean it’s not safe for children and young people to remain at home. Even while children cannot stay at home, Churches of Christ support them to build positive, healthy relationships with their family through the committed support of foster and kinship carers.
It is thanks to these dedicated individuals and families that children and young people are able to grow and find belonging in their community. Our church is going to bless and encourage them by sending a Christmas gift hamper for each foster family!
How do I participate?
It’s super simple:
- Choose a foster family from the list (or decide to buy a few items or make an optional financial donation to contribute to a hamper)
- Use the shopping list we provide to go shopping for hamper items!
- Return the gifts by Sunday 30th October
What should I buy?
We want to fill these hampers to help foster families celebrate, enjoy a shared meal and bring their family together at Christmas. Food is quite difficult to get in remote communities at the moment, so this hamper will be a big blessing.
In addition to what you buy for your hamper, we are going to buy and refrigerate a small ham for each family. Additional financial donations to Cairns to the Cape will cover this cost.
Please buy at least one thing from each list below, and feel free to buy additional items from the lists to fill the hamper. Please don’t buy any items that are too big, or in quantities that prevent the lid from staying closed (the hampers are 22cm x 35cm x 29cm).
#1 An item of special Christmas food
- Tinned Christmas fruit e.g. cherries/plums
- Christmas cake & UHT Custard
- Tinned wafer biscuits/sticks
- Tinned meat or soup
#2 An item for a family snack
- Dried fruit
- Tea or coffee
#3 A game for the family to play together
- Card game
- Small board game
#4 A small gift for each child/teenager in the family
- Be mindful of the age and gender of the person you are buying for.
- For children: Book, toy, sport, hobby item, craft kit, hat, puzzle, hairbrush/comb/hair ties (gift set), bath or body lotion (gift set).
- For teenagers: headphones, speaker, comic book, jewellery, fishing item, hairbrush/comb/hair ties (gift set), bath or body lotion (gift set).
#5 Something special to celebrate Christmas
- Christmas crackers (bon bons) or decorations
- A hand-written Christmas greeting card
Frequently Asked Questions
Is there anything I am not allowed to buy?
Please do not include aerosol cans, medicine, vitamins, used clothes, anything easily breakable or food that melts easily or will perish in the next 6 months. You can wrap gifts with clear cellophane, but don’t fully seal the wrapping as each item needs to be checked by staff before delivery.
Can I put in bibles, scriptures, or items about Jesus?
We want to respect and honour the reality that some Aboriginal communities may still suffer effects of historical harm by churches. Our goal is not to evangelise, but to show a simple expression of love and generosity – the recipients will know the gifts come from a church community who cares.
Will the recipients know who bought the gifts for them?
Churches of Christ workers will personally deliver the hamper you have filled to each family and explain where the gifts are from. If you include a hand-written Christmas greeting card please only include your first names (e.g. from Nick and Sarah). For any hampers made up of contributions from a number of people, we’ll include a greeting card with the first names of those people.
How can I make a financial donation to cover the cost of the hams?
You can give towards this project by credit card on our website (select “Cairns to the Cape donation”) or at the Info Desk on Sundays, or by placing cash in a marked envelope in a Giving Box on Sundays.
I have more questions or need help.
Contact us and we will get back to you asap.