Holiday Gift Drive 2021 (closed)

Thanks to your generous support, the ARV 2021 Holiday Gift Drive is now closed! We'll see you next year!

At ARV it has become a wonderful holiday tradition to provide a gift tailored to each of the clients we work with and present it at the end of year Holiday Program. This year, due to COVID-19, the distribution of gifts will be a little different.


Gifts will take the form of a box stuffed with goodies that fit with the client’s age and personality profile and be hand-delivered to each recipient at home by ARV Volunteers. 

How it works:

Step 1. We allocate you a client to shop for. To assist with your shopping, we will provide a profile of the client, including their age and interests.
Step 2. Go shopping and spend around $35.
Step 3. Find a shoebox (or any box and lid), wrap it up in wrapping paper making sure to keep the lid separate, and put gifts inside.
Step 4. Drop the box off at one of our drop-off points around Sydney 

Step 5. ARV Volunteers will hand-deliver the gifts to each of the client/kids homes in a COVID-19 SAFE way.


Gift Guidelines ​


  • Spend a maximum of $35 per gift. It is OK to go a little under or over, however, please try to keep it as close as possible to ensure we keep consistency across the packs

  • Please avoid any food items (including chocolates)

  • Please ensure the gift is interest and age-appropriate for your child (details will be provided to help guide you)

To ensure the drop off is COVID-19 SAFE, please:

  • Advise the Drop Off contact if you have experienced any symptoms of COVID-19 (no matter how mild) so that we can reschedule a better time

  • Wear a mask

  • Use hand sanitiser before/after meeting with your contact

  • Ideally, hand over the present in a contact free way - e.g. leaving the present at the door, and keeping 1.5 metre away


If you wish to contribute but would prefer to make a tax-deductible donation instead of buying gifts, please consider donating to ARV via: *** or send us an email to

​From the bottom of our hearts and on behalf of all our wonderful clients, thank you for your generosity.


Happy holidays.

To sign up, please email 

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