Sistas making a difference at Christmas!

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This last week it has felt like whenever I turn on the television, news of horrific acts of violence fill the screen: the hostage/shooting terror at the Lindt cafe in Sydney last week, the murder of eight children in Cairns by their mother, police shootings in NYC. Yes at a time of year that we associate with love, joy and giving… each morning I turn on the TV to see updates on various acts of violence. 

So I want to share some happy news with you! A few little tidbits that highlight the true spirit of Christmas – thinking of others and giving.

I am passionate about supporting women in need – that’s the essence of The Sista Code; to uplift, inspire and share the love. The beautiful thing is that so are many other women – true sistas! In the past month I have been contacted by several sistas all doing their little bit to uplift other women.

For example:

– After reading an article on The Sista Code blog about donating old furniture to women escaping domestic violence, Belinda Bow contacted her local refuge and gave her bed away to a young woman starting her life again.

– During the last week alone, five women (Janelle, Kristy, Dee-Ann, Toni, Simone) have contacted me wanting to know how to get in contact with their local refuge so they can donate clothes and give Christmas gifts to the children staying there.

– In my local area, over 200 people have volunteered on Christmas Day to help Samaritans feed 750 homeless and disadvantaged  people Christmas lunch. Local businesses have donated the food.

– Non-profit, OzHarvest, has had their busiest month ever with people/organisations donating food to be distributed to people in need.

– At The Sista Code Christmas event, 85 women brought Christmas gifts to give to children this Christmas.

I know there are many, many other examples of kindness and goodwill and we would love to share them, so please feel free to post on The Sista Code Facebook page and share the love!

You may be inspiring someone else to make a difference with your story!



Melissa Histon

Photographer, philanthropist, adventurer, blogger, avid permitter and social changer, Melissa Histon is a woman on a mission to make a real difference to the lives of women globally. Melissa spent 10 years working in the corporate world before leaving to establish a successful photography business. After experiencing a number of life-altering events, Melissa created The Sista Code in May 2014 with a dream to see women empowered, happy and connected. Whether it's building a house for the homeless in Nepal, interviewing inspiring women from around the globe, or creating events and campaigns to support sistas escaping domestic violence, Melissa knows that true change can only happen when we all stand together and boost each other.

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