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 inpatients 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.

You can show your support by

  • donating gifts for inpatients across Canberra Health Service
  • support inpatients in a specific ward through the 'Adopt-a-Ward' initiative - you could run a 'gift drive' with your business, team or community group
  • or you can donate and organise fundraising for our Christmas Appeal as another option 

VIEW THE WISHLIST

Ask your friendly CHF elf for help!

Feel free to email us at hello@chfoundation.org.au or call 5124 3542 if you have any further questions!

Due to changing restrictions on hospital accessibility for visitors and non-essential staff, our shop front availability may vary. To avoid disappointment, it is recommended to please call us before visiting. Please note details specific to Givemas deliveries below.

Donating gifts for Givemas

How do I know which gifts are needed?

We have a downloadable ‘wish list’ as a guide for the type of items that would be suitable for someone in hospital.

VIEW AND DOWNLOAD THE GIVEMAS WISHLIST

Are there any specific requirements for gifts?

A few things to keep in mind…

  • 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, we can’t accept second-hand items due to infection control

How do I drop off my gifts?

  • This year in 2021 we will have 'Santa's North Pole' drop off point at Canberra Hospital, outside the main entrance.
  • Unfortunately, you will not be able to access our storefront or the internal foyer due to limited access for visitors on campus.
  • Please call ahead on (02) 5124 3542 so we can liaise with you to organise a suitable time to meet at the round-a-bout area on Hospital Road to drop off your gifts.
  • Staff members working at CHS can visit the shopfront to leave their donated gifts

How do we share on social media?

Thank you! When you share about Givemas to your friends, family or groups on social media, you are helping us support even more local patients for Christmas 2021. You can share this page in the usual ways, or find our posts on our socials and share them. OR you can also use the fun graphics below, just download them & share to your favourite platform!

Social Media Tile suitable for Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn

Click to download Givemas Cheer 2021 Social Media Tile (square 1080 x 1080px)

Social Media Tile suitable for Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter 

Click to download Givemas Cheer 2021 Social Media Tile (landscape 1200 x 628px)

Email Footer

Click to download an Email Footer to use in your email signature block

Adopt-a-Ward Donations

‘Adopt-a-Ward’ is our very popular and successful annual program that helps us share the joy and love at Christmas time, from our community TO our community. Get involved...

What is 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.

With the help of Canberra Hospital Foundation, you can provide gifts to many patients on a particular ward who will find themselves in hospital over Christmas. We will help organise a suitable ward for you to provide gifts to, providing you the ward name, patient demographic, brief overview of the ward and number of patients likely to be in hospital at the time.

How does Adopt-a-Ward work?

We provide you with information about a ward you can adopt, a brief overview and the demographic of the patients in the ward.

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

How do I know which gifts a ward will need?

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

Are there any specific requirements for gifts?

A few things to keep in mind…

  • 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, we can’t accept second-hand items due to infection control

How can we deliver our Adopt-a-Ward gifts?

  • This year in 2021 we will have 'Santa's North Pole' drop off point at Canberra Hospital, outside the main entrance.
  • Unfortunately, you will not be able to access our storefront or the internal foyer due to limited access for visitors on campus.
  • We will liaise with you to organise a suitable time to meet at the round-a-bout area on Hospital Road to drop off your gifts and arrange a quick photo with your team (and feel free to take your own and share them on socials by tagging us).

Do you have any social media tiles we can use?

We sure do! We have made it easy for you to show off your generosity and share information with your group, friends and family about how you will be supporting local patients for Christmas 2021. Please use the digital assets provided, download them here:

Social Media Tile suitable for Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn

Click to download Givemas Cheer 2021 Social Media Tile (square 1080 x 1080px)

Social Media Tile suitable for Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter 

Click to download Givemas Cheer 2021 Social Media Tile (landscape 1200 x 628px)

Email Footer

Click to download an Email Footer to use in your email signature block

Being involved in Givemas is a chance for your team or company to build their team spirit, and embrace the joy of giving. Find out how awesome it is making a difference to the experiences of patients in hospital at Christmas!

READ THE STORY

A surprise gift from a stranger at Christmas time has a profound and lasting impact on patients in hospital and receiving treatment...

 

"I can tell you that the patients on 7B were very appreciative and overcome that someone had taken time to think about giving them a gift.

About 5 patients on the ward had no family or friends to share Christmas with and these were the ones we were able to give extra presents to, due to the large donation of gifts.

Nursing staff were also able to give some patient’s presents that they could then give to their visiting children/grandchildren as they had been unable to buy gifts whilst being in hospital.

Thank you to you, the foundation and the generous donators as it really makes a difference to the patients and their families during Christmas."

CNC, 7B

 

"A general thank you from the clients that they received presents they could provide to their children. A majority of clients do not have the finances to purchase children gifts so they are very grateful for the generosity of the donations received from the multiple organisations.

There was one client who currently has both of his children in care. He was able to see them on Christmas Day and was very anxious to ensure the visit went well. He was extremely happy to be able to provide presents to his children as he was not in a position to buy the presents himself.

And a huge thankyou from the staff at the Opioid Treatment Service. It is nice to be in a position to give something that means so much to others."

CNC, Alcohol and Drug Services – Opioid Treatment Services

 

"The patients on Ward 11A were only able to attend one of the choir performances & they did enjoy this.

Families were able take their loved ones out to some of the other choir performances & it was commented to me that “how nice it was to be able to go out & listen to & join in the singing.”

A big Thank you to MacKillop College for their generosity. On Ward 11A we elected not to give to gifts out until Christmas Day. The gifts were well received & both families & patients were surprised to be receiving gifts while in hospital.

Families had asked to have their thanks passed on to the gift providers."

Activity Co-Ordinator, 11A

     

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