Give toys or books

Sadly, many children living in financial disadvantage will not receive a gift this Christmas.

The Smith Family's Toy & Book Appeal is your opportunity to help bring a smile to a disadvantaged child's face this Christmas.

The Smith Family has a long and proud association with Christmas. The organisation was founded in 1922 when five businessmen decided to deliver toys to orphans on Christmas Eve. This year with your help, The Smith Family aims to deliver more than 45,000 new toys and 30,000 new books to children in need around Australia.

It's only Christmas when we share it and this gesture of goodwill ensures that all Australian families can come together at Christmas to share gifts and celebrate. The Smith Family continues to provide opportunities for disadvantaged Australians to participate fully in society and we believe that Christmas is a time when all Australians should feel they belong, regardless of circumstances.

The Smith Family Toy and Book Appeal, it's only Christmas when we share it

Make a personal financial donation or fundraise

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Make a personal financial donation or fundraise


With so many children to help we often need to purchase additional gifts particularly for age categories that are often overlooked, Your contribution ensures that we can brighten Christmas for children of all ages.

There are lots of ways to contribute financially. You could:

  • Make a donation on behalf of a loved one
  • Accept gold coin donations at your office or school holiday party
  • Make a personal financial donation
  • Make a donation as a Secret Santa gift

All financial contributions are tax-deductible.


Purchase a gift online

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Purchase a gift online

Purchasing a gift online is a great way of giving at Christmas, without the hassle of shopping, storing or delivery.

Simply select a gift from our online catalogue and The Smith Family will ensure that your gift goes to a child in need this Christmas.

The Toy and Book Appeal online gift catalogue features a range of gifts matching the age, gender and interests of the children. The Smith Family team then specially selects gifts for our children to ensure that no child misses out this Christmas.


Host a gift collection in your community


Host a gift collection in your community

Christmas is a time to share! Host a toy and book collection at your workplace, club, school or community group. It's a great way to get together to make a big contribution to thousands of disadvantaged children this Christmas.

Register online and receive your digital introduction pack to help you get your collection started.

Here are some gift suggestions if you’re struggling for ideas, and here are FAQ’s if you need more information.

Very special thanks

This Christmas, thousands of individuals and organisations will help us collect, pack and distribute Toy and Book Packs around Australia. We are so grateful for the generous in-kind support given by the following organisations. Thanks to your support we are able to brighten Christmas for thousands of Australian children.