How you can ease plight of homeless

HAVING a warm, comfortable bed to lie on at night is something most people take for granted but for many Sydneysiders experiencing homelessness, it is a luxury they cannot afford.

That is why the volunteers at the Lewisham-based Vinnies Van Services, regularly hand out sleeping bags and blankets to the people they assist.
According to Gemma Cameron, Sydney Vinnies Van Services Coordinator, they are running dangerously low on warm sleeping materials and are calling on the public to donate new, adult sized, good quality sleeping bags.
They would also love brand new blankets to distribute.
“While a sleeping bag is a long way from a comfortable bed in a warm, safe room, it can still make a difference for people who are sleeping rough during these cold winter days and nights,” Gemma said.
“Year on year, we have seen an increase in the number of people we see each night, and with the nights getting colder, demand for blankets and sleeping bags is very high. A good sleeping bag is vitally important for people who are sleeping rough to protect them from the elements at night and help prevent a decline in health.”
To arrange blanket or sleeping bag drop off, call 0409 927 939 or email