Kids in Care brings Christmas joy to children in need

Alex Uren Kids in Care

Kids in Care ACT have again been overwhelmed by the response to its annual charity drive which ensures every child in crisis and emergency care over the holiday period receives a gift on Christmas Day.

The Kids in Care charity was set up by ACT Policing Detective Sergeant John Giles in 2013 after he and his team attended a job at Christmas time and found four small children who had been neglected.

Detective Sergeant Giles knew these children would not experience Christmas like most, and organised donations of toys to make sure they would receive gifts on Christmas morning.

Beginning with these four children, the Kids in Care charity now provides gifts to many children in need over the holiday period. 

Hundreds of presents are set to be handed over again this year, with Kids in Care board member Alex Uren saying they’re confident this will be Kids in Care’s biggest year yet.

“Every year, we’re overcome by the generosity of the Canberra community and local businesses in supporting this wonderful charity,” Mrs Uren said.

“Since 2013, Kids in Care has been able to brighten the Christmas of many children across the Canberra region, who are spending the holidays in crisis and emergency accommodation.

“I’d particularly like to thank Icon Water, who has partnered with Kids in Care this year as a major sponsor. Kids in Care relies on the generosity of local businesses and Canberrans to continue its important work.

“I’d like to pass on my heartfelt thanks to everyone who has donated or supported the cause this year, particularly our partners the Australian Federal Police, Rotary, Bunnings, Big W, CYPS, ACTEWAGL Shop Fyshwick, Vikings Bowls Club, Mix 106.3, National Mailing and Marketing, Projects Assured, Toyworld, Distinct Property Management, and countless community members.

“These children’s holidays are brighter thanks to your efforts.”