Christmas on the Streets, also known as COTS, is a not-for-profit organisation aiding those who are homeless, on the verge of homelessness or experiencing poverty. COTS provides food, clothes, sanitary items, gifts and companionship to individuals or communities that are in need. Through their service, COTS also works towards breaking the stigma surrounding those who have found themselves in unfortunate circumstances and reminds whoever they encounter that they are unconditionally loved, important and always have a purpose.
COTS came to fruition in Melbourne, Australia in the year of 2016. Although seeds were being planted in the hearts of the founder for years prior to the establishment, COTS unexpectedly began as a supposedly one-off event.
The response following the first event became the spring-board that launched COTS into what it is today. Not only did it open our eyes to the reality of the homelessness crisis in our very own backyard, but it revealed the beauty of the human spirit that reigns because of the overwhelming number of people who also want to bring about positive change. It wasn’t just the striking stories which were shared on the streets that impelled COTS to take off, rather this entire movement is a true testament to the open and generous hearts of the incredible volunteers who have supported making the world a better place since day one.
COTS is not just another ‘charity thing’ – it’s a human thing. All of us are called to help and pick each other up when one has fallen. That’s why COTS does what it does; because we believe it’s time to stop judging and turning a blind eye, but instead pour endless love into a world that desperately needs it. Only love can save the world.
We can change the world.
We will change the world.
You and I. Together. Today.