The Christmas tree is up in the Main Hall and Urrbrae House is continuing its annual “Giving Tree” tradition in support of the Smith Family’s Toy & Book Appeal.

During regular opening hours and events at Urrbrae House until Thursday, 5 December 2019 the Main Hall will be a collection point on the Waite campus for donations of new toys and books that the Smith Family will distribute to children living in disadvantage.  The Smith Family’s Toy & Book Appeal has been providing for children at Christmas time since its inception in 1922 when it delivered toys and sweets to an orphanage on Christmas Eve.

If you are able to give a gift please note:

  • New toys and books only. Unfortunately, the Smith Family aren’t able to accept second-hand, handmade or damaged items. Also please do not give breakable items such as glass, video games or toys that look like weapons. 
  • Your gift should be ready to read or play with as soon as it’s opened on Christmas morning. When you’re deciding what to give, remember to include batteries if needed and colouring pencils for colouring-in books. 
  • No gift wrapping, please. While it may seem helpful to wrap your gift, this often creates problems in the sorting and packing process. It also means that parents don’t get to see or wrap the gift for their child.

Each year there is a shortage of gifts for children in the 8-12 age group, so a gift for this age group would be especially appreciated. Gifts such as board games, STEM and activity-based toys are always well-received. Please try to keep your gift smaller than a school backpack.

If you have any questions about suitable items to donate please email Urrbrae House at

The last day to leave your gift under our tree is: THURSDAY, 5 DECEMBER 2019.

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