Winter Appeal

Make sure no one gets left out in the cold this winter

As the cost of living sees a continued increase, families who are already struggling are feeling the strain and having to prioritise their spending, meaning they have to miss out on much-needed essentials.

Rental affordability recently reached below 1% and grocery prices continue to rise, up 8% compared to the same time last year.

Support people experiencing homelessness or financial hardship to stay warm, safe and access basic needs.

Ways you can help

  • Financial Donations
    Make a once-off or regular, monthly tax-deductible donation online, call our friendly team on (08) 8440 2200, or post a cheque along with your contact details to UnitingSA, PO Box 3032, Port Adelaide, SA 5015
  • In-kind Donations
    Gift new, unused sleeping bags, tents, tarps, blankets, socks, beanies or food items to our Emergency Relief Centre at 58 Dale Street, Port Adelaide between 9am and 3pm, Monday to Friday
  • Social Media
    Share with your networks and follow @UnitingSA
  • SOS Socks
    Purchase a pair of SOS socks and be part be a part of a movement that starts from the sole but touches the heart

Donate online

We are seeking urgent financial donations, to help us purchase items of critical need.

By donating to our Winter Appeal you could provide a nutritious meal for someone in need, help us keep the heater on for a family struggling to pay the bills, or provide a warm sleeping bag for someone sleeping rough on a cold night.


will provide a choice of non-perishable food, fresh fruit and vegetables or access to a transport voucher


will purchase a durable outdoor sleeping bag or personal care pack of essential items for someone sleeping rough


will fill the petrol tank so that an individual or family doesn’t miss out on work, school or critical medical appointments


will help keep the heater on or pay for a week’s worth of groceries for a family experiencing financial crisis


will provide seven days accommodation for vulnerable and low income households, keeping them safe and warm

How to make an in-kind donation

In-kind donations are gratefully received at our Emergency Relief Centre at 58 Dale Street, Port Adelaide between 9am and 3pm, Monday to Friday.

Items of greatest need include non-perishable food items, new unused beanies and socks, sleeping bags, tents and tarps. Toiletries and personal hygiene products are also gratefully received throughout the appeal.

Please note that we can only accept new and unused in-kind donations.

Click on the images below to view suggested winter and everyday essential items, and non-perishable food items you can donate to help pack the pantries of vulnerable South Australians.
Beanie and socks

Winter Essentials

Water bottles

Everyday Essentials

Non-perishable Food

Pack the Pantry

Make sure no one is left out in the cold this winter. Donate today.

UnitingSA Winter Appeal case study

I don’t have any luxuries. I don’t go out to the pictures. I get very lonely.

For South Australians, it’s sometimes just the little things that can really make a big difference.

At age 88, Jeannette does not drive and is too frail to catch the bus, and the cost of a taxi is out of the question. She lives on the pension, and it’s getting harder and harder to put food on the table and pay the utility bills.

Saying hello to the team at our Emergency Relief Centre located at 58 Dale Street, Port Adelaide, also helps Jeannette tackle the loneliness she feels since her husband passed away nine years ago. They were together for more than 60 years.

Each week, UnitingSA is able to provide Jeannette with fruit and vegetables.

Recently she was overjoyed to receive supermarket vouchers to help meet the cost of her weekly shop too. Jeannette has a home, but many of the 12,000 people UnitingSA is supporting this year do not.

All donations $2 and above are tax deductible. Please consider an EOFY donation, before Friday 30 June 2023.

Other ways to help

SOS Socks

Our SOS socks will keep your feet warm and stylish but more importantly your purchase supports South Australians doing it tough or sleeping rough.

Click here to buy your socks online

Feeling Creative?

We love when our community gets creative with fundraising.

Here are some ideas you may like:

  • Get the team together and go on a shopping spree. All it takes is 10 minutes and a $10 contribution from each person!
  • Allocate canned soup, long life milk or noodles in a cup to each team in your office, class or department to help make their gift purchasing easier.
  • Have a collection tin in your foyer or reception to raise funds toward the appeal. We are able to provide you with a UnitingSA branded collection tin for this purpose – please email
  • Hold a dress-up or casual/jeans day for a gold coin or a non-perishable donation, with proceeds going to the appeal.

Don’t forget to share a photo of your group participating in Winter Appeal activities on social media and tag us @unitingsa or use the hashtags #WinterAppeal or #TogetherWeCan


Share details of our appeal

Nobody can do everything but everyone can do something.

UnitingSA relies on the generosity of donors to help deliver innovative programs and support for people in need across metropolitan and regional South Australia.

“I was feeling depressed and anxious before coming to Taperoo Community Centre and now I feel as though I belong for the first time in my life. The classes have helped me believe in myself and that I am capable of learning.”

Taperoo Community Centre participant (pictured with Centre Coordinator Kathy)

Winter Essentials

New, unused items most needed:

  • Tents and tarps
  • Swags for two
  • Sleeping bags
  • Beanies, jumpers, socks, jackets, fleecy hoodies and track pants for all ages
  • Sets of flannelette or plain sheets, single, double or queen – double is most popular
  • Sleeping pillows
  • Quilts, doonas or blankets
  • Bath towels and face washers

Everyday Essentials

New, unused items most needed:

  • Travel size toiletries packs for adults and children
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Nappies from newborn to toddler
  • Wipes safe for children
  • Packs of bottled water (600ml)


Items must be unopened and within their best-before or use-by date.
Items most needed:

  • Packs of bottled water (600ml)
  • Cup a Soup
  • Cup-a-Noodles
  • Ready-made pasta sauces in jars
  • Dry pasta; spaghetti, macaroni, penne are most popular
  • Dry rice noodles
  • UHT milk 1 litre, full cream, low fat, skim and lactose free
  • UHT milk alternatives: oat, almond, soy
  • UHT small flavoured milks
  • Spreads: vegemite, peanut butter, jam, honey
  • Breakfast cereals
  • Tea bags, instant coffee & herbal tea bags
  • Nesquik, Milo or hot chocolate mix
  • Muesli bars
  • Mixed nuts and trail mixes
  • Mixed dried fruit
  • Canned tuna, salmon, chicken or turkey
  • Canned soups
  • Canned baked beans & spaghetti
  • Canned vegetables: green beans, carrots, corn, peas, potatoes, mushrooms
  • Canned fruit: peaches, pears, fruit salad
  • Heinz Big & Chunky meals in a can range
  • Tom Piper Braised Steak & Onion in a can
  • Fray Bentos Steak & Gravy or Steak & Kidney pie in a can range
  • Shelf-stable meals (food that can be stored at room temperature, vacuum sealed)
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