Christmas at Samaritans

Christmas is a wonderfully busy time at Samaritans. Some of our activities include:

– Christmas lunches

Each year Samaritans hosts three Christmas lunches on Christmas Day, at various locations:

  • Newcastle Foreshore Railsheds
  • Singleton Senior Citizens Centre
  • Wyong Race Club

Over 1000 guests attended Newcastle’s Christmas Lunch in the Park in 2016 and this year we are hoping even more will join us!  The annual event hosted by Samaritans began 17 years ago as a simple lunch and has since grown into Newcastle’s largest Christmas celebration.  Guests enjoy a free Christmas Lunch, entertainment and a visit from Santa!

We couldn’t do it without the support of our very generous sponsors! Thank you to our major sponsor Port Waratah Coal Services who supports our Christmas Lunch in Newcastle each year.

Volunteers play a crucial role in assisting with our Christmas Lunches and we are grateful for the support of over 450 people!

– Giving Trees

At Christmas time we run Samaritans Christmas Assistance. Local businesses put up Christmas Trees in the lead up to Christmas where people can leave donated Christmas presents. These gifts then go to Samaritans Christmas Assistance where families, who cannot afford to purchase Christmas presents for their children, are invited to visit and select free toys.

If you would like to participate by setting up a Giving Tree at your business this year please call Samaritans on 1300 656 336.

– Gift wrapping at shopping centres

Each year Samaritans runs Wrapped with Love at Stockland Glendale.  Shoppers are able to have their gifts wrapped for a gold coin donation in support of Samaritans Christmas Appeal.

We are grateful for the support of volunteers who support gift wrapping each year.  If you would like to express you interest to volunteer as a gift wrapper in 2017 please contact out Volunteer Coordinator: arayner@samaritans.org.au

Pop by and get your Christmas gifts wrapped on Saturday 16 – Sunday 24 December 2017.

Any general enquiries about our Christmas activities can be directed to our Central Office 1300 656 336.