Christmas for the Bush

2020 campaign
Christmas for the Bush is the major annual event of Care Outreach.
We are again focusing towards the donation of pre-paid gift cards in order to support local regional businesses.
Hear from Bill & Melissa Close
Christmas for the Bush Campaign 2020

Christmas for the Bush is the major annual event of Care Outreach.

Starting in the last week of November, this campaign is a three-week long undertaking, as our volunteers visit our families on our database, face-to-face, delivering Christmas hampers, providing visitation, entertainment and some much-needed festive cheer.

Due to the size of this project, we collect year round for CFTB.

To assist with our packing and assessments of aid on hand, it is requested that donations be received by October 31st.  Packing of all aid requirements, hampers etc occurs in the 2nd week of Nov.




This year we are again focusing on the donation of pre-paid Visa Cards or Fuel Cards to enable us to distribute these directly to the families for use in their immediate area thus ensuring support of the local businesses in their communities. Financial donations to our Disaster Account or by Credit Card will enable us to bulk buy these cards.

Gifts & Toys

Due to the cancellation of all events and functions this year due to Covid19, we have not received the practical donations of toys and gifts that would normally come in throughout the year.

We have requested from our field workers across all ages and genders from Baby to Seniors. 

Priority areas of need are:

  • Toddlers 1-2yrs
  • Girls and boys 7 and over
  • Teens
  • Adults and Gifts suitable for a combined Mum and Dad presents
Items for our Christmas Hampers

All types of non-perishable food lines are required.  Cereal, Tinned Veg, Tinned Fruit, Tinned Fish, Pasta Sauce, Pasta & Rice, Condiments and Spreads, Biscuits – sweet & savoury, Tea & Coffee,  Soft Drink & Juice  (NO CHOCOLATE -sadly). 

Seasonal items for Christmas Hampers are eg: Plum Puddings, Mince Pies, Tinned Biscuits & Shortbread, Christmas Confectionery, etc.

We also have need for a range of Gluten Free goods and  Sugar Free Diabetic Friendly items so we can make special hampers for these needs.


We still have a shortfall of 150 family toiletry packs, 40 male and 45 female toiletry packs.

The items required are Shampoo, Conditioner, Deodorant, Shower Gel/Body Wash, Soap, Loofahs, Razors, Hand Cream, Body Lotion, Bandaids and First aid items.

Financial donations

Financial donations are Tax Deductible.

Donations can be made to our designated disaster account:

  • Care Outreach Ltd  BSB: 034 279  A/C 273 107

Please use your surname as a reference.  For first time donors, please notify the office ( of your donation and email address for issuing of your receipt

Credit Card can be accepted over the counter and also by phone  07 5471 7636.

By post   35 Dacmar Rd, Coolum Beach, Qld  4573

By clicking the ‘Donate Now’ button below. This will direct you to the secure giving site ‘GiveNow’.



Trained volunteers are required for our visitation and pastoral care project.  If you have a heart for Outback families, are good at listening and care about the physical, emotional and Spiritual wellbeing of people this might just be for you.

Training: The next field volunteer training is October 3rd – contact the office for details and registration.


Warehouse Volunteers

We have need of volunteer assistance year round in our warehouse on the Sunshine Coast. We always need assistance with:

  • Clothing & Linen – (mostly pre-loved) includes sorting, processing and boxing. MUST have a very particular eye for detail and quality
  • Ironing lady/man
  • Pre-loved books & toys – help is needed to sort, check over, clean, box up etc. Part of the job is ‘quality testing’ the toys (yes that means play with them for the kids at heart
  • Homeware & bric a brac.
  • Seasonal assistance may be required as we prepare for Christmas for the Bush.
  • Care Outreach – CARE SHOPPE op shop. There are a lot of tasks required to keep this area going
Find out how you can help today

Thank you for supporting our Aussie Farmers! Every bit counts and we couldn’t do it without our army of faithful volunteers and the generosity of our community.

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