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Christmas Gift Appeal

Christmas Gift Appeal

Buy a gift for a child who can't live safely at home.

This Christmas, Berry Street needs your help to provide 10,000 gifts to the children and young people in our care.

These children have suffered from violence, abuse and neglect and can no longer live safely at home. Some have never known the joy of Christmas. They simply want to feel safe and loved.

You can help bring joy to a child in need this Christmas - please buy a gift and send them a powerful message that they are special and cared for.

Christmas Gift Appeal
Help children like James
The gift of giving

Help deliver a Christmas wish to a child like James

Children like James just want to feel safe this Christmas. When James first came to Berry Street, his distress was obvious.

James had witnessed family violence at home, and had frequently seen his mum be physically abused by her partner. Whenever she tried to comfort James, the violence would only escalate. For children like James, Christmas can be especially distressing, as family violence incidents increase around this time of year.

This Christmas, a simple gift will mean more to James than many of us could ever imagine. Each gift is different, but they all have this in common – for a vulnerable child they’re a sign that someone cares.

What to buy

Our most needed gifts


Something from Santa

Something from Santa: A Personalised Gift

Something to Cuddle: A Soft Toy

Something to Cuddle: A Soft Toy

Sweet Dreams: Pyjamas and a Blanket

Sweet Dreams: Pyjamas and a Blanket

A Fresh Start: Household Essentials

Ready for School: Lunchbox and Drink Bottle

How it works

Your gift will bring joy to a vulnerable child

Step 1

Choose a gift from our catalogue.

Step 2

Choose to gift on behalf of a loved one, via a personalised e-card or print-your-own card.

Step 3

Purchase your gifts.

Step 4

Your gift will provide joy and happiness to a child or young person in need this Christmas.

Berry Street. Protecting Victorian Children for over 140 Years

Our work started back in 1877, with the Berry Street Babies’ Home – a place of refuge for abandoned children. Berry Street has grown into Victoria’s largest independent child and family services organisation. 

Last year we helped nearly 20,000 vulnerable children and families who have suffered from abuse, neglect and violence. We continue to help those who have experienced abuse to rebuild their lives, protect those at risk, and find the best ways of preventing abuse.

About Berry Street

Frequently Asked Questions

How does the Berry Street online gift catalogue work?

This Christmas we are asking supporters to select a gift online. This will allow our staff, foster carers and kinship carers to purchase and deliver gifts to children that match their specific needs and wishes. 

  1. Select the type of gift you would like to give
  2. Select whether you would like to purchase the gift from yourself, or on behalf of your someone else
  3. Berry Street staff will use your funds to purchase a gift for a vulnerable child. 

Personalised gifts for these children and young people are so important in terms of making them feel special and loved, and for many of them, the gift they receive from Berry Street may be the only one they receive this Christmas.

Can I donate a physical gift that I have bought myself?

We have moved away from the ‘traditional’ gift appeal, so that we are able to provide a personalised gift for the children and young people in our care.

It’s really important for young children, as well as teenagers, to get something from ‘Santa’ that matches their wish exactly. This helps to show children who have been through abuse and neglect that they are special and valuable. Your purchase of an online gift allows the person closest to the child  - our staff or a foster carer, to purchase that special something and deliver it on your behalf.

How will my donation be used?

Funds raised will be used by our staff or carers to purchase and distribute personalised gifts to best meet the needs of children and young people in our care who have suffered from violence and abuse.

Additional funds raised will be used to assist other Berry Street programs with the greatest needs, to support these children and young people.