As we hurtle towards the holiday season, planning our
Christmas menu and marking items off our Christmas present list, can you spare
a thought for some of the families who may be experiencing financial hardship?
Our Dandenong office provides counselling, family support, casework,
group work, referrals and advocacy for families living in the Greater Dandenong
area, including refugee and asylum seeker families. Many are experiencing a
daily struggle to put food on the table.
The provision of food, toiletries and gift cards is a great
way to help make their life easier. We don’t think of it as a hand out – but
simply a practical way to ease their stress so they are more open to receiving
the support they need to address their longer-term concerns.
We welcome donations of the following items:
items: cereals, pasta, rice, flour, sugar, vegetable oil, olive oil, tomato
paste, chick peas, lentils, tuna, baked beans, two-minute noodles, long-life
milk, jam, biscuits.
shampoo, soap, deodorant, sanitary products, toothpaste, toothbrushes, body
wash, toilet paper, toilet gel, sponges, dishwashing liquid, aluminium foil,
laundry powder, serviettes, basic stationery items
cards of any amount (eg Coles, Woolworths, Kmart, Target) are also very
handy, allowing families to purchase exactly what they need.
Parishes might also like to organise a food drive in their
If you are able to help, please phone our Dandenong office
on 03 8710 9600 to arrange a time to drop off your donated items.