The holidays can be an especially hard time for young people of diverse genders, sexualities, and/or intersex variations (LGBTIQA+ people). Many are disconnected from their families, and that can be extremely painful. Services are also closed during the festive season, which means a lower level of support.
As a result, every festive season we ask the community to collect non-perishable food, toiletries, small gifts, and gift cards that we can pass along to our young people. Anything that doesn’t go into a hamper goes to our pantry, which young people can access throughout the year.
How you can help
We are looking for organisations (such as workplaces, public spaces, social groups, etc.) to collect donations through the month of November. We can come pick the donated goods up, or you can bring them to us – whichever works better for you and your organisation.
What we’re looking for
- Ensure that everything is new, unopened, and within expiration dates (ideally with a couple months to go).
- Anything that is delivered to us that is opened, or out of date will be noted and disposed of.
- Think about the things you needed – or wanted – when you were first living on your own.
- Think about things that are great to have at Christmas / Holiday time.
- Please don’t wrap gifts – we want to see what’s inside!
- There will be two pick-up dates for items: 17 November and 4 December. We’re also happy for you to drop off items at the Twenty10 inc GLCS NSW offices in Chippendale!
General Food Items
- Shelf-stable meals that can be microwaved or made with a kettle (e.g. instant noodles, rice bowls, etc.)
- Tinned meals (e.g. baked beans, spaghetti, soup, etc.)
- Breakfast cereals
- Condiments, sauces and spreads
- Cooking oil (olive, vegetable)
- Dried fruit, nuts and seeds
- Gluten free products
- Long life milks (e.g. dairy, soy, oat, etc.)
- Muesli bars and snacks
- Noodles (rice, egg, instant)
- Pasta and pasta sauces/pesto
- Rice (dried, packet)
- Salt and Pepper
- Tea (herbal, green, black)
- Tinned goods (e.g. fish, vegetables, beans, tomatoes, etc)
- Mince pies
- Cake mix
- Supermarket cards (e.g. Woolworths, Coles, etc.)
- Multi-store cards (e.g. Wish, Coles Group & Myer, Westfield, etc.)
- Movie ticket vouchers
- Book vouchers
- Art exhibition or other ticket vouchers
- Mobile phone top-up vouchers (especially with data)
- International calling cards
- Prepaid Opal cards
- Other store gift cards – be creative, but make sure they’re accessible for someone without a car!
- Perfume/deodorant packs
- Beauty products
- Dental products
- Hair Products
- Leg wax
Shampoo, conditioner, soap– we’ve been overwhelmed by generosity in this area!
- Toilet paper
- Self-care things (e.g. facial masks, art supplies, etc.)
- Games and toys (e.g. Rubik’s Cube, puzzles, etc.)
- Cleaning supplies (e.g. brooms, mops, sponges, dishwashing liquid, washing powder, cleaning sprays, etc.)
- Kitchen start up items (e.g. plates, cutlery, pots, pans, utensils, etc.)
- Small appliances (e.g. toasters, kettles, etc.)
- Tea towels
- Beach towels
- Sheet sets
- Doona covers
- Towels and bathmats
- Socks and underwear (styles for all genders)