Vinnies Qld spreads Christmas cheer after difficult year
This Christmas, Vinnies Queensland are hoping to give many Queensland families one of the most important gifts of all – a place to call home.
But as the state continues to experience record vacancy lows, and with most crisis accommodation options at capacity, Vinnies say it will take a Christmas miracle to find shelter for everyone spending the holiday season living on the streets.
“Over the past year, we have seen a new wave of Queenslanders fighting to stay in their homes as the rental affordability crisis reaches breaking point, forcing families out of properties they’ve called home for decades,” CEO Kevin Mercer said.
“In the last financial year alone, Vinnies Queensland has responded to more than 181,000 calls for help, with many of these from Queenslanders unsure how they can continue to pay their rent or can no longer find affordable housing in their region.”
To spread some Christmas cheer during this difficult time, Members, Volunteers and our community supporters all across the state are currently hard at work packing and distributing Christmas hampers.
“These hampers go out to the Companions we’ve supported throughout the year, to migrant communities, to people in our homelessness hostels and local families who could really use that extra bit of help this festive season,” Kevin said.
“We get many donations from local schools, businesses and other organisations and this time of year is always a reminder of the difference our communities can make if we work together to help those in need.”
If you would like to support Vinnies Queensland provide housing, food, clothes and other necessities for Queensland families in need, please donate to our Christmas Appeal by visiting vinnies.org.au/donate or calling 13 18 13.