Vinnies need your support this Christmas

13 December 2021

With Christmas less than two weeks away, Vinnies is calling on support from the community in order to meet the target of its annual Christmas Appeal.

The St Vincent de Paul Society NSW will use funds raised to provide struggling individuals and families with financial and material relief so that they can approach Christmas with certainty following another year of immense hardship brought on by the pandemic.

At present, the Vinnies Christmas Appeal is tracking below schedule with 30% of its $1.3 million goal raised since launching last month.

“So many people have found this year incredibly difficult and are feeling dread at the prospect of a Christmas where they can’t afford to keep the lights on – let alone put presents under the tree,” said Jack de Groot, Vinnies NSW CEO.

“What has been so disheartening about seeing so many people turning to Vinnies for help through desperation is that it doesn’t have to be this way.

“We’ve lived through a real-time example of the benefits that come with raising social support payments to a level that keeps people out of poverty.

“We know it improves people’s quality of life; not merely by having enough money to eat properly and a stable place to live, but in the way that people aren’t crushed by the constant fear that homelessness could be just a single unexpected expense away.

“If I could have one wish this Christmas it would be greater support for people in hardship. If I could have a second it would be that everyone digs deep and donate to the Vinnies Christmas Appeal.”

Vinnies members, volunteers and staff have been busy in the lead-up to 25 December preparing and delivering hampers for struggling households.

“Christmas is an especially busy time for all our people as they work to ensure everyone in need of assistance has enough to get by,” said Brooke Simmons, Vinnies NSW Vice President – Social Justice.

“We’ve been very fortunate to have the support of all our donors so that we can also provide presents for kids of all ages.

“It’s quite a challenging time of year with increased demand, but it’s also very heartening to see so many people coming together with such generosity and goodwill.

“We’re so thankful to everyone who has supported the Vinnies Christmas Appeal – if you are in a position to give even a little it can make a big difference to people doing it tough.”

To donate to the Vinnies Christmas Appeal, visit www.vinnies.org.au or call 13 18 12. All donations over $2 are tax-deductible.

Media contact: media.nsw@vinnies.org.au | 0417 446 430