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Seven thoughts every Canberran has in winter

Beatrice Smith

Well folks, there’s no John Snow-ing it. Winter is here. 

How many of these thoughts have you had so far?

WILL I USE THE DENDY OR THE COSTCO CARD TO SCRAPE ICE OFF THE CAR THIS MORNING?

WHY DOES DRIVING IN FOG TURN PEOPLE INTO F1 DRIVERS?

DO I PUT MY SAVINGS TOWARDS AN ENORMOUS GAS BILL OR A JULY HOLIDAY TO VIETNAM?

WILL I BE JUDGED IF I SIT IN THE CAR TO WATCH MY KID PLAY SOCCER?

IT’S SUNNY! OH WAIT…NO.

HOW FAR CAN I TURN UP MY CAR HEATERS…

I WOULD HATE TO SLEEP OUTSIDE IN THIS…

Winter is a time where, more than ever, we feel keenly for our city’s homeless.

This winter, why not give to a charity or organisation that will provide a warm refuge, blankets, sleeping bags, hot showers, sanitary products, clean clothes and more to Canberra’s homeless and displaced peoples?

SALVOS RED SHIELD APPEAL

A mammoth effort on behalf of their volunteers, The Salvos strive to make their Red Shield Appeal the biggest it can be each year to provide services such as addiction recovery, homelessness accommodations, legal and youth services and more across the winter months and beyond.

Give and find more information here

ORANGE SKY

A load of washing can be life-changing for a single dad so he can front up to work in clean clothes, so no-one suspects he is struggling to make ends meet. Thanks to Orange Sky Laundry, hundreds of residents can have the basic necessity of wearing clean clothes, plus enjoy good conversation during the wash cycle.

Give, volunteer and find more information here

SHARE THE DIGNITY 

A pack of incontinence pads can be life-changing for an elderly woman who is seeing asylum in Canberra. A pack of tampons can be the difference between ruining her only clothes and being able to attend work for a homeless woman. Thanks to Share the Dignity, hundreds of females across the ACT can now take comfort knowing they are supplied with pads and tampons.

Give or find your nearest donation point and more information here

RED CROSS WINTER APPEAL 

There are plenty of ways to help the Red Cross this winter. One of the most crucial donations they need is blood and plasma so if you’re healthy and have an hour or two to spare, why not donate?

Alternatively, their Winter Woolies campaign encourages people to dig through their closet and find warm layers to donate to their nearest Red Cross shop. This can help disadvantaged peoples this winter by giving them affordable access to warm clothing.

Give, find a donation centre near you and find more information here

GIVIT

A house full of quality, pre-loved furniture can be life-changing for a single mum and her young children who have bravely sought help from a domestic violence service and have now received longer-term accommodation. Thanks to GIVIT, thousands of donations have been matched between Canberrans who have, with Canberrans in need. Have furniture or other household goods you no longer need? Consider donating them to GIVIT.

Give, list an item and find more information here

OZHARVEST CANBERRA

A regular hot meal can be life-changing for a teen who is couch-surfing and battling mental health issues. Thanks to OzHarvest Canberra, tonnes of quality food is reclaimed each month from local restaurants and supermarkets and redirected to frontline charities.

Give, volunteer and find more information here

VINNIES NIGHT PATROL

Staying out in the cold when no one else wants to, the Vinnies Night Patrol is a beacon for Canberra’s homeless, providing warm drinks, hot food and conversation when it feels like no one else is there. Made up of enthusiastic and compassionate volunteers, why not donate your time this winter?

Give, volunteer and find more information here

TAKE ONE LEAVE ONE

The concept of Take One Leave One is simple: if you have an extra coat or another warm winter item that you don’t need, find one of their donation racks and leave it for someone who needs a little extra help this winter.

There are ‘take one’ clothing racks located at the ANU College of Law, Belconnen Community Centre, The Food Co-Op, Civic Library and more.

Find the full list of locations (changes regularly) and more information here

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Beatrice Smith

Bea loves that her job as HerCanberra’s Online Editor involves eating, drinking and interviewing people - sometimes simultaneously. The master of HerCanberra’s publishing schedule, she’s usually found hunched over a huge calendar muttering to herself about content balance. Otherwise, you’ll find her at the movies or ordering a cheese board. More about the Author

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