The Connections UnitingCare Christmas Food and Gift Appeal supports children, young people and families across Melbourne’s south-eastern suburbs with food hampers and gifts during what can be a very difficult time of the year for some people.

However, we cannot run this appeal without the support of YOU, our local community – can you offer a helping hand to those most in need at Christmas?

Now in its 15th year, we are encouraging businesses, schools, churches and individuals across Melbourne to donate to the Christmas Food & Gift Appeal to ensure that everyone has something to celebrate this Christmas.


‘My client’s three year old daughter was thrilled to receive her very first princess costume during last year’s Christmas Appeal. She quickly put the costume on over her clothes, and gave me the biggest hug. Although her English isn’t very good she was able to express her sheer delight at the gift she had received.’ – Connections’ Family Services Worker.


How do I get involved?

  • As an individual, purchase a few extra non-perishable food items the next time you are the supermarket. Or buy an extra gift when you do your own Christmas shopping and then the next time you are near one our offices, simply drop it in!
  • As a business, school or church, rally your fellow staff members or peers and hold a collection to raise funds for the appeal. We can even come and speak at your next meeting or assembly to promote why donating at Christmas time is so important.
  • For added convenience, you can also make a tax deductable donation by free calling 1800 137 036 or clicking here. With these funds, we will then purchase non-perishable food and gifts on your behalf.

For more information and ideas, please download our Community Information Pack

To find out where you can drop off your donations, download our list of 2016 Donation Collection Points


Who will receive the gifts I donate?

This appeal benefits the children, young people and families assisted by Connections every day.

For more information, please refer to our Information Pack or to speak with our Christmas helpers, please call 03 8792 8999.


UnitingCare and Target Gift Appeal

The Connections Christmas Food & Gift Appeal works in conjunction with the UnitingCare and Target Gift Appeal. UnitingCare and Target have partnered for a number of years on this appeal, in order to brighten Christmas for many disadvantaged people across Australia.