This is how you can help bring joy to victims of domestic violence this Christmas

Christmas is just around the corner, and while most of us will be choosing gifts for our nearest and dearest, many families will not be so fortunate.

For victims of domestic violence, the festive season is often one of the most difficult times of the year, which is why nationwide domestic violence support charity, Friends with Dignity, is hoping to bring a little joy with their annual Christmas Toy Drive.

The Toy Drive, which is now in its third year, was born after the not-for-profit organisation realised a need to provide some happiness, and a sense of normality to families in refuge at what is supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year.


Friends with Dignity is asking local Gold Coasters to donate new and unwrapped toys for children (0-18 years old), and pamper items for parents.

Friends with Dignity Co-Director and Chief Financial Officer, Julia McKenna said all gifts are welcome, from fishing rods and rugby balls, to magazines and make up.

“We try and provide a larger toy, smaller toy and craft item to each child, depending on the amount of donations we receive. Plus also something for Mum and/or Dad, to put a smile on their faces, too,” Ms McKenna said.

A full list of drop-off locations on the Gold Coast can be found here. 

All unwrapped gifts are to be dropped off by no later than the 10th of December, 2017.