Hawaiian Giving Box - helping at Christmas

30 Nov 2020

Have you seen the Giving Box at Hawaiian's Bassendean?

The Hawaiian Giving Box Christmas Appeal is back and this year; the act of Giving is more important than ever.

Now it its eighth year, the Hawaiian Giving Box appeal teams with charities, Foodbank WA and children’s charity Variety WA to collect donations of non-perishable food, children’s gifts and monetary donations (via tap + go facilities) which directly help local West Australians in need.

Christmas can be a difficult time for many WA families; but the year of 2020 has been particularly challenging, throwing hardship at more people than ever. Many WA families and children are facing a bleak Christmas.

Hawaiian's Bassendean wants to change that. You'll find the giant-sized gold Giving Box in centre, where you can place your donation. Primary schools across 15 Perth suburbs are also collecting for the Hawaiian Giving Box Appeal.

The Perth Wildcats have kicked off this year’s Hawaiian Giving Box Christmas appeal, donating toys and non-perishable food.

Your donation into a Hawaiian Giving Box will reach a local person in need. The Perth Wildcats have started the Hawaiian Giving Box campaign, donating toys and non-perishable food.

Hawaiian CEO Russell Gibbs hopes the Giving Boxes will be brimming with donations in a show of support for WA people, children and families who might otherwise go without this Christmas.

“This year has been particularly tough on so many West Australians. The Hawaiian Giving Box is an opportunity to give back to people who need it most, to show them we care and to lend a hand,” Mr Gibbs said.

“The Hawaiian Giving Box makes a real and positive difference to the lives of people in our local communities.”

Perth Wildcats coach Trevor Gleeson said a donation to the Hawaiian Giving Box was giving the gift of hope to a fellow West Australian doing it tough this Christmas.

“The Perth Wildcats are proud to back the Hawaiian Giving Box and show our support to all West Australians this Christmas,” Gleeson said.

Variety WA, the local children’s charity helps disadvantaged, sick and special needs kids in WA. Thousands of WA children go without at Christmas and gifts donated to the Hawaiian Giving Box will help bring a smile to their faces when they get receive a gift at Christmas.

Variety WA CEO Tony Hume said WA children facing difficulties due to disadvantage, illness or disability are directly helped by the Hawaiian Giving Box.

“By donating a gift for a WA child or teenager to the Hawaiian Giving Box, you’ll help to bring a smile to a young person in need this Christmas,” Mr Hume said.

Foodbank WA is Australia’s biggest hunger-relief organisation, distributing food throughout WA to people who cannot afford to buy what they need. Let’s not allow a WA family to be hungry at Christmas.

Foodbank WA CEO Greg Hebble said the sad reality for many West Australians is that they will go hungry this Christmas.

“That’s not fair,” Mr Hebble said. “By donating a non-perishable food item to the Hawaiian Giving Box you can help make another West Australian’s Christmas a happy and stress-free one,” Mr Hebble said.

Since its inception, the award-winning Hawaiian Giving Box has raised more than 30,000kg of food, 39,000 gifts and $48,000 in cash donations for West Australians in need.

Donation ideas for the Hawaiian Giving Box include; tinned food, tea, Christmas pudding, gift vouchers, art and craft supplies, toy cars and books. Second-hand goods cannot be accepted. Monetary donations go direct to Foodbank WA and Variety WA to use in their programs to help disadvantaged West Australians.

How you can donate:

For kids:

If you’d like to give a gift to a child, these are suitable: Toy cars, blocks, dolls, art and craft supplies. Older kids need gifts too; gift vouchers and sporting goods – help to put smiles on teenage faces. Pop it in the Giving Box, unwrapped.

These are not suitable: Soft toys, puzzles and board games.

Food at Christmas:

If you’d like to give a food gift, these are suitable: Tinned food, tea and coffee and even Christmas pudding are great ideas.

These are not suitable: Perishable food, fresh fruit and vegetables and diary items.

Monetary donations:

The Giving Boxes are fitted with tap-and-go facilities, so you can make a donation using your bank card. Your donation will go directly into programs run by Foodbank WA and Variety WA – helping disadvantaged West Australians at Christmas time.