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15 December 2021
On Monday to Thursday 20 – 23 December, a free shop is open in Northern Rivers, NSW and giving thousands of presents away to help see that no one goes without at Christmas.
The organiser, Dennis Stevenson, opened his first free Christmas shop at Burleigh, Gold Coast in 2009 in the week before Xmas, called it Spirit of Christmas and, with community help, gave out thousands of new presents.
Dennis said, “After a challenging year in 2021, let’s see what we can do to make this Christmas season special. It's a real community effort as the shop space, insurance, signs etc are all free. Volunteers help at the shop and lots of people donate free gifts."
The shop is in Ocean Shores, NSW (20 min north of Byron Bay) next to K-mart.
From the site’s 'Testimonials'
“My 8 and 9 year old walk in here and see a completely different approach to how the world could be. Thank you!” Amielia + Luca + Maya ♥ 😀
“This Place is SO inspirational, giving and helping the homeless.” Bless ❤ Jade ❤
“Thank you for your generosity, love and compassion for those less fortunate.” I have been able to grab some gifts for my family which I really would not be able to afford. It really warms my heart.” Love, Louise, Caleb and Jacinta.
Dennis asks, “Can you think of a better way to have a Merry Christmas?”