The St Vincent de Paul Society’s annual Christmas Appeal asks people to make a generous donation to help people in need in our community have a better Christmas. The campaign theme: ‘there are hundreds of reasons to donate, you only need one’, highlights the many and varied reasons for sharing with those in need at Christmas.

At a time of joy and celebration for most, far too many Australians face a bleak Christmas as they struggle to pay bills and provide the basics for their family, let alone cope with the extra costs associated with Christmas.

Each Christmas, the Society finds an increase in the number of people turning to it for assistance. From November 2012 to January 2013, the St Vincent de Paul Society in Canberra / Goulburn visited over 4000 homes of people in need in our community. During these visits people were provided with urgent assistance including food or food vouchers, clothing, furniture, budget support, assistance with utility bills or back to school costs.

St Vincent de Paul Society Canberra/Goulburn President, Frank Brassil says “The Society sees every day the harsh reality experienced by the 2.2million Australians living in poverty. Australians are generous and willingly lend a helping hand to people who are struggling. Without the support of the community, we would not be able to assist families and individuals who turn to us each Christmas. The simple truth is that we depend on those who can afford it to dig deep and make a donation to the Vinnies Christmas Appeal”.

“It is unacceptable that so many Australians are living in poverty each and every day. As our members and staff go about their work in cities and towns across the region, they witness first-hand the devastating impact of poverty on men, women and children,” said Mr Brassil.

Please donate to the Vinnies Christmas Appeal 2013 so that we can continue to change lives every day. To show your support and make a donation visit vinnies.org.au or call 13 18 12.