It's beginning to look a lot like Givemas!

Canberra Hospital Foundation’s Givemas is a great way to support patients and families who find themselves unwell and in hospital at Christmas time.

Donations of gifts from the community are given to patients who have been in hospital for a long time, are away from their families and loved ones, or don’t have family nearby to visit.

There are many ways you can show your support – you can donate gifts for patients across Canberra Health Service at the Givemas pop up stall at Canberra Hospital. You can get run a donation drive and support patients in a specific ward through the “Adopt-a-Ward” initiative. Or you can donate to our Christmas Appeal!

A few things to keep in mind when donating gifts

We truly appreciate your consideration to support patients with a donated gift this Christmas. Find some inspiration for gift ideas on the Wishlist for adults and children.

  • Please ensure any gifts donated are not wrapped, as they need to be visible for security reasons
  • Please no food gifts
  • All donated gifts must be new. Due to infection control, we are unable to accept second-hand gifts

Gifts can be donated to the Givemas pop-up stall at the Canberra Hospital from Wednesday 9 December to Tuesday 22 December, between 10am and 4pm (weekdays only).

Adopt a Ward

‘Adopt a ward’ is a unique way for businesses, teams and community groups, who wish to generously donate more than one gift at Christmas time to the patients of Canberra Health Services.

How does it work?

CHF will provide you with information about a ward you can adopt, as well as and the demographic of the patients in the ward.

If you are coordinating a gift drive and are calling on your team/community to get involved, you can share this information with them to encourage the community spirit of gift-giving.

What gifts does the ward need?

We can provide you with wish list as a guide for the type of items that would be suitable for patients in hospital.

Anything else?

We can provide you with our Canberra Hospital Foundation logo. You can use the logo when sharing information with your group, friends and family about how you will be supporting an entire ward at Canberra Health Services for Christmas 2020. 

Have any questions?

Feel free to email us at or call 5124 3542 if you have any further questions!

A surprise gift from a stranger at Christmas time has a profound and lasting impact on patients in hospital and receiving treatment – we thank you for your consideration.