Help Vinnies feed a hungry child this Christmas

Wednesday 18 November 2019

With just a week until Christmas, Vinnies is desperately calling for donations to ensure its members can provide food assistance to children and families.

Vinnies NSW relies on community donations to provide food, clothing and other essentials for struggling families– but right now, the charity is less than halfway to its Christmas Appeal target of $1 million.

“Between the bushfires, the drought, and the ongoing pain of poverty felt by so many Australians, the need for our help is higher than ever,” said Yolanda Saiz, Acting CEO of the St Vincent de Paul Society NSW.

This Christmas, Vinnies has already provided food vouchers and financial assistance to thousands of families, as well as small gifts for the kids.

“Christmas may be a time of celebration, but it can bring on extra stress and costs for people who are already doing it tough,” Ms Saiz said.

“Half the people who came to us this year needed help just to afford basic food. The thought of any child going hungry at any time of the year, let alone Christmas, is deeply distressing – but it’s a reality.”

A recent report from NCOSS found children under 15 experience the highest poverty rate of all age groups in NSW. Foodbank research has found a large number of children go hungry on any given day, and 11% of kids go to bed without dinner at least once a week.

“If you can afford to do so, please give to disadvantaged kids and families this Christmas by donating to Vinnies,” Ms Saiz said.

Donations can be made at www.vinnies.org.au, on 13 18 12 and at all Vinnies Shops. Donations over $2 are tax-deductible.