Sydney CBD’s hub for fashion, art, and dining plans to mark the festive season differently this year with The Galeries teaming up with the Australian Red Cross for a Christmas gift donation drive. The drive aims to shift the focus from Boxing Day traditions to aid those in need. Donated gifts will support humanitarian programs in Australia and the Asia Pacific through the Australian Red Cross Retail Shops.

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Visitors are encouraged to contribute by regifting new and unused items. As a token of appreciation, they will receive a $20 The Galeries Gift Card from participating stores, acknowledging their positive impact.

The Galeries now features an immersive Christmas Tree conveyor belt installation in Sydney’s CBD, drawing inspiration from contemporary art. Shoppers can conveniently drop off their gifts at the installation, where on-site staff will ensure a seamless and memorable experience.

Australian Red Cross Chief Funding Officer, Jason Laufer says this is a great way for Australians to give back this year.

“Re-gifting your gifts to Australian Red Cross Retail Shops means we can help more people in need. By re-selling these gifts, we raise much-needed funds to support our humanitarian programs across Australia, spanning across emergency services and disasters, migration, international programs, and community activities.”

“On our wish list this year are brand new quality women’s and men’s clothes, bags, hats, and accessories as well as homewares, home fragrance, and tea towels. Unfortunately, we can’t re-sell electronics so best to re-gift those elsewhere.”

The Galeries Christmas Gift Donation Drive runs until 26 December 2023 and staff will be onsite to assist with donations from 11am to 4pm daily.

Australian Red Cross is trusted as the leading humanitarian organisation, making a genuine difference in the lives of
people and communities. This might be through helping people find shelter and support in a time of crisis, connecting
loved ones who have been separated during a natural disaster, supporting people who have arrived in Australia seeking
safety or promoting respect for the laws of war in Australia and around the world.