Help spread the joy.

When basic needs go unmet for children living in poverty, a Christmas gift isn’t even a possibility. But together, we can raise $2.5 million to help every child registered with Compassion’s programs receive a special gift this Christmas.

Your donation will help provide 1.8 million children in need in Africa, Asia and South and Central America with a Christmas gift of their very own. Purchased by a Compassion staff member who knows the child best, the present could be a fun toy, brand new clothes, and/or delicious food for their whole family. For many children, it will be their only gift at Christmas time. And for some, it will be their first present, ever.

Spread joy this Christmas and impact kids in 26 developing countries, from Burkina Faso to Brazil and many countries in between!


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A first Christmas.

A new Compassion centre in the Philippines celebrated their very first Christmas last year, with each child receiving a Christmas gift. For many of them, it was the first gift they had ever received.

“With the Christmas party we had a simple objective—we wanted the children and their families to feel the true meaning of Christmas, which is not about Santa Claus, but about Jesus, about love and about giving.”

—Jestoni Abrencia, Compassion centre director.

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A special Christmas message.

Sending a Christmas message to the children you write to is a wonderful way to share the hope of Jesus.

Write a Christmas message to your sponsor child


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Find out more.

  • How will my donation be used?

    Your donation is sent to Compassion’s head offices in the 26 countries we work in: Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Peru.

    Using these funds, our local staff work with the parents and families of the children registered in Compassion’s Child Sponsorship Program to purchase their gift. These staff members know each child individually and can help choose them a gift that will be treasured and enjoyed.

    Approximately 90 per cent of your donation is used specifically to purchase gifts for the children. The other 10 per cent is used for the administration costs of purchasing and distributing over 1.8 million Christmas presents!

  • Will my donation go directly to my sponsored child?

    Your donation to Compassion Australia’s Christmas Gift Fund will go towards helping every child registered with the Child Sponsorship Program and every mother and baby registered with the Child Survival Program to receive a Christmas gift, including those who are registered but not yet sponsored. Because it would be unfair if some children received gifts and others did not, donations to our Christmas Gift Fund are pooled internationally and distributed to purchase a special, age-appropriate Christmas gift for each Compassion assisted child.

  • If I donate to Compassion’s Christmas fund, what will my sponsored child receive?

    Gifts may include clothing, blankets and bed-linen, toiletries and, of course, a range of toys. Wherever possible, our church partners in the developing world purchase the gifts within their local communities, encouraging local businesses and boosting the local economy. All Compassion assisted children are encouraged to write to their sponsors to thank them for their Christmas gift and let them know what gift they received. You are also welcome to ask specific questions regarding the gifts next time you write to your sponsored child.

    Although $30 is the recommended amount to ensure that each child receives a suitable gift, you are welcome to donate more. By giving more, you increase the value of every child's gift once financial donations are pooled, and assist those sponsors who are unable to contribute. This is one of the most special times of the year for the children as for many, Christmas is the only time they receive gifts.

  • Why write so early?

    By giving your gift and sending your Christmas cards before 30 September, you’re giving local staff the best chance to prepare Christmas celebrations for Compassion assisted children. And when you’re bringing joy to more than 1.7 million children registered at over 6900 child development centres around the world, it’s best to get in early!

  • How do I send a card?

    You can write a Christmas card online. Just log in to ‘My Account’ and you will find a Christmas card template. Simply type your message, and we’ll do the rest! Write your card before 30 September 2016 to ensure it reaches your sponsored child in time. If you miss this date, please still write a card. We will do our best to get it to your sponsored child as soon as possible.

  • What should I write?

    Your Christmas card is a great opportunity to share Christmas joy with your sponsored child and their family with a short, warm message. Wish them a happy Christmas, encourage them to remember Jesus’ birth, share a prayer or a favourite passage of scripture. You could even share a little of your own Christmas plans or encourage your sponsored child for the coming new year. Your words are important, and the fact that you’ve taken the time to send your card means so much.

  • Can I still send a card if I don’t have access to ‘My Account’?

    Absolutely! It’s as simple as printing this Christmas card and mailing it to us at:

    Compassion Australia PO Box 1 Hunter Region MC NSW 2310