Jackets off to help the homeless this winter

Jackets off to help the homelessIf you’ve been listening to Triple J of late then you’ve probably heard them talking about taking their jackets off in awareness and support for our homeless.

The Melbourne radio station is asking everyone in Bacchus Marsh and around the country to donate their old jackets, jumpers, cardigans and other winter apparel to help raise money for the people in our community who don’t have the luxury of keeping warm during these cold winter months.

Winter items can be donated to Lifeline, Red Cross, Salvos, Smith Family and St Vincent De Paul locations around the country, but for those who live in Bacchus Marsh the nearest place to donate is the Vinnies shop in Melton, located at 8 Wallace Square.

Those who donate and want to help spread the word and encourage others to donate too are encouraged to take a photo of themselves performing their good deed and upload it to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #jacketoff. Triple J will post some of these photos to their “Wall of Fame”.

If you don’t have any old jackets to donate then don’t despair because you can still help out the homeless this winter by donating to the St Vincent De Paul Winter Appeal. A donation of $37 can help provide a hot meal for 10 people, and higher amounts can help by providing groceries for struggling families or providing a safe place for a mother and child to sleep.

Winter is an especially tough time of year for those who have found themselves in difficult circumstances, so it is great to see that there are groups and charities out there doing what they can to help the people in our community who really need it. Can you help too?

Head to www.abc.net.au/triplej/events/jacketoff/ to learn more about Triple J’s Jacket Off campaign.