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
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.
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.
Pack the Pantry
Make sure no one is left out in the cold this winter. Donate today.
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
Our SOS socks will keep your feet warm and stylish but more importantly your purchase supports South Australians doing it tough or sleeping rough.
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
Other ways to help
Join us for Movie Night on Friday 30th June at Odeon Star, Semaphore.
Bring your family and friends together and enjoy a night at the movies to support our Winter Appeal. Click here to book your tickets and snacks online.