In Australia, homelessness is increasing, with around 116,000 people considered homeless across the country. And nearly half of this homeless population is under the age of 25.

Homelessness includes many things, from living in severely crowded dwellings, supported accommodation, or on the street. And with such high rates, many charities are hoping to support less fortunate Australians. With Christmas around the corner, now is the perfect time to come together as a community and donate to one of these incredible charities. 



Lighthouse foundation for youth 

Based in Victoria, Lighthouse provides support to young people who are homeless, or at risk of homelessness. So far, they’ve helped more than 1000 young people find their feet, and secure a bright future. Lighthouse support includes building therapeutic homes where young people can receive 24/7 support and care, as well as offering education programs for carers and families, so they can learn how to best support vulnerable youth.

Recently, Lighthouse has launched its Christmas appeal for 2022, where a donation of only $35 can provide a warm meal for children living in a Lighthouse home, and $120 can help a young person return to school in 2023 equipped with basic supplies and support from carers. According to Lighthouse CEO Eamonn McCarthy, “we are seeing the impact of COVID on homelessness numbers and we fear more young people will need help.” With the rising number of homeless youth thanks to COVID, Lighthouse has increased its efforts, and is making a major difference in the lives of so many. 

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Since 2003, Streetsmart has provided over 290,000 meals and supported over 1000 organisations seeking to end homelessness in Australia. They were formed on the belief that everyone deserves a safe place to call home, and the acknowledgement that there are so many amazing charities trying to end homelessness, yet many don’t have the resources to provide for the growing numbers of homeless people around the country. To combat this, Streetsmart raises money to fund these smaller organisations, ensuring they can continue their valuable work. They have culminated a network of incredible organisations, supporting them so relief can reach all corners of the country.

Streetsmart also provides other services, such as delivering ready made meals to those in need. For the past three years, they’ve been delivering Sleepsafe kits, which include a towel, sheet, and pillowcase, to homeless people. This provides them with comforts that many of us take for granted. Embrace your generous spirit, and donate to this worthwhile charity. 

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© Share the Dignity


Share the Dignity 

Share the Dignity is a women’s charity supporting women experiencing homelessness or escaping domestic violence by distributing the period products often overlooked in relief support and difficult to obtain for those living with homelessness. Through collection drives and campaigns, Share the Dignity has been able to deliver over 3.4 million pads and tampons, ensuring everyone has access to sanitary essentials. They know how vital period care can be, and work tirelessly to distribute these items to women across the country.

Plus, they also run the It’s in the Bag campaign every Christmas. Each year, Australians are asked to compile bags of essential items and treats to donate to those in need. Thanks to these bags, women doing it tough over Christmas are equipped with sanitary and luxury items to brighten their days. If you’re not sure what to include, there’s no need to worry. Share the Dignity will also provide a shopping list so you can be sure you’re providing exactly what these women need. By donating, you can help anyone from a mother to a teen receive essential care. 

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