Everything is free and all are welcome at the Spirit of Christmas shop. Last year was a huge success for Dennis Stevenson who has been called ‘Australia’s Giveaway Man’. He made no profit from the shot at all. He loved it!
Stevenson’ giveaway spirit took off in 2008 when he opened his leased house in Hamilton, Brisbane and gave everything away.
‘That was so much fun! I borrowed an empty Gold Coast shop in the week before Xmas, called it SpiritOfChristmas and, with community help, gave thousands of new presents away.’
Dennis lives his life giving people a hand. He’s convinced that giving isn’t just the fastest way to change ourselves and our
world. It’s the only way.
Stevenson says it’s a special time to help people at present. ‘So many need it. The presents are all new and most come from people in the community, not businesses.
‘Many families have dozens of new, unused things around the house they’d love to donate to help make sure no one goes without this Christmas.’
Dennis borrows the shop, gets free insurance and has lovely volunteers helping out. No money changes hands.
Free Christmas Shop opens at Ocean Shores from December 18 to 24 from 9am–6pm.
The shop is next to Ocean Shore’s Laundromat (Tavern side). If you’d like to donate time in the shop or new gift, check out the website: www.spiritofchristmas1.com.
Captain Den ‘Legendary’ Stevenson