Charity Corner: Vinnies Christmas Gift Appeal

Please support Vinnies in giving the gift of Christmas this season.

St Vincent de Paul is currently running its annual Vinnies Christmas Gift Appeal. This program is aimed at helping families or individuals in need who without assistance may not enjoy the kind of Christmas that many of us take for granted.

There are several ways that those who are interested can assist this program. 

1. You can  hold a gift appeal at your school or workplace. Volunteers will collect any gifts from your workplace in mid-December. 

2. Alternatively, you can deliver any gifts directly to Vinnies (details of the closest Vinnies Centre can be found on their website here). Please ensure that all gifts are unwrapped (since they will need to be checked anyway and given to the appropriate recipients). 

St Vincent de Paul has provided the following guidelines for appropriate gifts:

Children & teenagersPlush toys, rattles, clothes, building blocks, toy musical instruments, books, DVDs, board games, sporting equipment, movie tickets and gift vouchers.

MenWe find it particularly difficult to get presents for men and teenage boys. Toiletry packs containing razors, shaving cream, shampoo, soap, toothpaste, toothbrush and deodorant make wonderful gifts and are easy to distribute. Clothing such as t-shirts (all sizes), thongs (sizes 8-12), socks, backpacks/bags and gift vouchers are also ideal.

WomenToiletry packs containing shower gel, razors, shampoo/conditioner, body lotion, makeup, toothpaste, toothbrush and deodorant are great gifts. Clothing or clothing vouchers, shoes and sandals, bags and gift vouchers are also appreciated by our clients.