How to help the homeless who can’t afford Christmas gifts

The homeless and the vulnerable can all be found in Sydney’s inner-north.

Sydney’s Inner North has the highest number of people living on the streets of any inner-city suburb, and one in three people on the planet lives on the street.

It’s not just the homeless that are struggling with homelessness, but also those living in remote areas and communities who have nowhere else to turn.

The Inner North is home to a range of cultures and communities.

Inner-North residents can expect to encounter a range to see them through the winter season, with some areas particularly hard hit by the heatwave.

We’re not going to give you all of the things you need to have for Christmas, but we can help you with a range that’s worth checking out.

If you’re in a position to help, here’s what you can do to help your inner-northern neighbours this Christmas.


Get out of the way It can be tempting to ignore the homeless in the inner-west or south-east, but if you do, there are some steps you can take to help them feel more comfortable.

You can use the hashtag #don’tleavehere to get your message out there.


Help out with the winter coats Some shelters in the Inner North have winter coats available for the homeless, so if you can’t make it to a shelter in the area, make sure to take a look around to see if you’re able to buy them.


Take a picture of yourself and your neighbour to share with the world It might be tempting not to put yourself out there in front of the homeless during the cold, but it’s important to take photos of yourself to show other people that you’re there for them.

Take a picture with your neighbour and send it to the hashtag below, so others can see how they can help with Christmas wishes.


Spread the word and make a donation If your neighbours have asked you to, you can give them a little Christmas gift by donating to the Salvation Army.


Make a donation to the Australian Red Cross If they’re on a fixed income, they can donate to the Aussie Red Cross if they need help.


Take your neighbours Christmas shopping to the store or to the park If there’s a shopping centre near your house, you might be able to pick up some essentials to make the most of the festive season.


Find out if your neighbours are homeless by visiting the Salvation army’s website.


Get in touch with your neighbours for more information on Christmas or holiday shopping tips and advice 9.

Help people in need through our Holiday Tips and Advice page.


Find a local Salvation Army Christmas branch in your area.


Share your tips and tips with others on the Salvation war memorial site.


Visit the Salvation office in Sydney and let them know you’ve been looking for a Christmas gift for your neighbour.


Donate a Christmas tree to the homeless Salvation Army in the Sydney suburb of Wollongong.


Help with Christmas shopping with our Holiday Shopping Tips and Tips page.