Skip to main content

It's only Christmas when we share it


A gift that can change the life of a child in need

It is only truly Christmas when everyone can share it. Young people experiencing disadvantage need your help this Christmas.

Australian children experiencing disadvantage need your help this Christmas

Christmas should be a special time for children, but for over 1.1m young Australians living in poverty1 it's just another time they go without. Another reminder of all the experiences, materials and support that they've missed out on this year.

School kids in classroom with hands up

Beth feels she'll never be able to do what other children can. 

While at Christmas time a child living in poverty may feel the effects of missing out on presents, the rest of the year the effects of poverty reach well beyond their home lives. Many disadvantaged children start school already behind. Without access to early learning experiences and resources, children living in poverty may not have the opportunity to develop basic skills in reading or numeracy. And at school, not having the essential items they need can make a child feel like they don’t fit in or can’t keep up with what’s going on in class.

As each year passes, poverty widens the gap between these children and their classmates. Not being able to keep up at school diminishes young people’s self-belief and confidence.

Donations will help children like Beth*

When mum and dad can't help, who do you ask?
Beth is just one of more than 1.1 million Australian children growing up in poverty.

Donations will help children like Beth*

For Beth, who is 8 years old, living in poverty means she doesn’t have everything she needs to keep up at school. Her parents are working so hard to give her the best start in life, but they struggle to provide for their family’s basic needs.

Beth’s mother, Tracy, came from a disadvantaged background herself. Like many young people living in poverty, she left school at 14 without any qualifications.

With her own education cut short so early, Tracy often isn’t able to help when Beth is struggling with schoolwork. As she falls further behind, Beth is at risk of becoming completely disengaged, leaving school early and following her mum into a life of poverty. 

For children like Beth, support today will provide the opportunity to develop the skills they need to catch up with their peers, keep up at school, build confidence and take the first steps towards a better future, free from poverty.

Everyone knows that education has the power to break the cycle of disadvantage. It can change lives. That’s why The Smith Family provides educational tools and resources and extra learning programs to help disadvantaged children get the most out of their education.

The Smith Family volunteer helping student in classroom
Help stop poverty affecting Beth at school.

Learn more

Children cannot choose their circumstances.

Today, one in six Australian children and young people are living in poverty.1 The financial disadvantage they experience at home often leads to disadvantage at school. They start behind, and often stay behind. As educational milestones are missed, they find themselves struggling to keep up, making these vulnerable children feel isolated and alone. And at Christmas, it hurts even more.

Steven, Julianna and Elizabeth are supported by The Smith Family

We support disadvantaged Australian children.

winter 2015

We support disadvantaged Australian children.

We can help Australia’s poorest children feel included this Christmas and throughout the year. As Australia’s largest national education-oriented charity, we help disadvantaged young Australians to succeed at school, so they can create better futures for themselves. Investing in the education of a disadvantaged child today has long-term benefits for them, their families and the communities they live in.

Working across Australia in 94 communities.

The Smith Family delivers our Learning for Life programs across 94 Australian communities, often out of the local school.

The communities have been identified as having higher concentrations of families living in economic disadvantage and are across all Australian states and territories.

This holiday you can help ensure a child in need isn’t excluded from the joys that so many of us take for granted – after all, this is what makes Christmas, Christmas.

It’s only Christmas when we share it. Please give children like Beth the support they need this Christmas and for the rest of the year.

1 Davidson P, Saunders P, Bradbury B, & Wong M (2018) Poverty in Australia, 2018. ACOSS/UNSW Poverty and Inequality Partnership Report, No. 2. Sydney: ACOSS.

*Name change for privacy.

Share this page