Vinnies Christmas Appeal 2022

Christmas can be a very difficult time for families, particularly those who are experiencing poverty and disadvantage; and the need for our services increases significantly at this time.

Your school's support this year can help us assist the people who turn to us for help over the festive season, and together we can make a real difference to their lives.

There are many ways your school community can get involved and support the Christmas Appeal including;

  • Collecting gifts for children.
  • Collecting food for families to share during the festive season.
  • Holding a fundraiser to allow Vinnies to provide financial support to those finding it tough.
  • Holding a clothing drive – clothing collection containers and bags can be supplied.

How to get involved?

  • Complete an online form HERE or at the button below to let us know how you'd like to help.
  • Download the Vinnies Schools Information Pack  HERE or at the button below.
  • Download and print a poster to display in your school HERE, or  at the button below.

Many thanks for your support!

How your school can help people in need, by partnering with Vinnies

Schools, Kindergartens and Child Care Centres are such important partners to Vinnies, we are so grateful for the work that they do for us. The many donations of clothing, food, money and other essential items enable us to help families in need across South Australia. You have all been very creative in the ways you have assisted us ranging from;

  • Fundraising activities such as bake sales, casual days etc
  • Cooking and preparing food on site at school to feed the homeless and hungry at Fred’s Van and the Vinnies Women’s and Men’s Crisis Centres.
  • Cooking BBQ lunches and breakfasts at the Vinnies Men’s Crisis Centre.
  • Collecting non-perishable and long shelf life food for us to give to those in need.
  • Collecting toiletries, clothing and personal items for the men, women and children in our Crisis Centres.
  • Collecting items for the men, women and children receiving support from the Migrant and Refugee Centre.
  • Collecting toys and gifts for the Christmas appeal.

Schools are always coming up with innovative ways to raise funds, collect items and connect with the Society and the people we support. The great thing about all this work is that children feel empowered knowing that they are making a difference to people in their community who are suffering from real disadvantage and hardship. They have the power to change lives through their actions and bring hope.

There is always an opportunity to teach children and young people about poverty, charity and philanthropy and how to be socially responsible in an increasingly self focused world. Understanding the causes of poverty and developing a deeper understanding of issues that impact our community are a very important part of our Schools and Community Engagement Officer’s role. We attend Schools, Kindergartens and Child Care Centres to give presentations and run workshops on a number of issues including;

  • Poverty
  • Charity and philanthropy
  • Volunteering
  • Social Justice
  • The social issues that impact on society such as homelessness and domestic violence (for older students)
  • The support services and programs offered by Vinnies in SA and why people turn to us for help. We can tailor a presentation around any theme to fit in with your curriculum or teachings. 

Please contact us for further information on 8112 8700.








Host a Vinnies Sleepout

A Vinnies School Sleepout provides a unique insight into the complex issues that people experiencing homelessness and disadvantage face by “sleeping rough” for one night.

Schools are well placed to help shape and influence community awareness and opinions. Participating in a Vinnies School Sleepout encourages students to gain a deeper understanding of homelessness whilst raising funds and awareness within their wider community.

The 2016 census revealed that on any given night there are more than 116,000 Australians experiencing homelessness. South Australia recorded 6,224 South Australians experiencing homelessness. The 2021 census results, due to be published later this year, will likely reveal the impact on homelessness data due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the recent price hike in housing market and rental prices.

Vinnies provides people experiencing poverty with essential support to rebuild their lives and reconnect with the community. We can only do it because of your support, and demand on Vinnies' services is ever increasing.

Joining hands with us through this sleepout, you can create awareness about the challenging lives many people are facing in our own communities, take actions of solidarity as well as raise funds to help Vinnies assist people experiencing poverty and homelessness.

“Together We can Rebuild lives and Restore Hope and Dignity.” 

Sleepouts need to be held at school, but don’t have to be outside or for a full night if it doesn’t suit. Hosting a sleepout will:

  • Encourage students to connect with a current big issue in our community.
  • Challenge your community to raise funds and make a difference through social justice.
  • Allow your community to advocate for people in need.
  • Raise awareness of homelessness and break down stereotypes .
  • Bring staff and students together with a united cause that benefits the community

CLICK HERE to download a Sleepout Kit. 

CLICK HERE to register your interest in hosting a Sleepout

Below are some videos that can be used in the lead up to, or during the Sleepout. Other resources will be added in due course.


Mini Vinnies and High School Conference

Our Mini Vinnies program is designed for primary school children. By connecting their beliefs and values with service activities and issues in their community, they can help to make their faith real, meaningful and relevant.

High School Conferences are open to secondary level students. They offer students a range of benefits, outlined above, but they also offer benefits to schools. Conferences forge pathways to the wider community, foster greater awareness of social justice issues, provide publicity opportunities, help students develop leadership skills through fundraising projects, make a positive difference in the school community and provide pathways for graduating students to enter young adult conferences.

Appeals - Winter and Christmas

Vinnies hold two appeals per year – winter and Christmas.
The focus of the winter appeal focus is to collect warm clothing, blankets and canned food to be distrusted to the community. We can supply winter appeal posters which can be posted around the school to raise awareness of the campaign. Schools can hold a winter clothing, blanket and food drive and we can supply clothing bins and collect them at the conclusion of the event.

The Christmas appeal focus is on collecting toys and vouchers to be distributed by Vinnies at Christmas to those who may otherwise miss out.  Schools can have a wishing tree for students and staff to donate toys and non-perishable food and Christmas goodies for inclusion in Christmas hampers.

Schools can have a white donation bin in the school on a permanent basis as a place for collection of clothing, blankets and household items.  The bin is collected free of charge on a regular basis.  

Guest speakers from Vinnies

Vinnies staff and/or volunteers can attend schools to cover a range of topics including;

  • Social justice
  • The history, work, values and mission of St Vincent de Paul Society
  • Homelessness
  • Poverty
  • Social justice
  • Volunteering
  • The importance of fundraising and philanthropy
  • Faith in action
  • Winter appeal
  • Christmas appeal
  • Migrants and Refugees

Presentations can be done as workshops, at assemblies or to small groups or classes. Vinnies can also engage with school staff via staff meetings and professional development days.