Spread some Christmas cheer during the season of Advent by donating food and gifts for people experiencing disadvantage.

ACU Engagement and Campus Ministry have partnered with local community organisations at each campus to ensure our donations meet specific community needs. Find out what’s needed in your community below and have an impact this Advent season.

Volunteer with us

We welcome volunteers to help us sort, clean and pack the donated items before they are delivered to our community partners. To register your interest in volunteering please contact ACU Engagement.

acuengagement@acu.edu.au

Our 2020 collection

Despite the challenges of 2020 we managed to donate hundreds of items to our community partners to help spread Christmas cheer across the country. Thank you to all staff and students who donated or assisted with the collection of items.

 

Ballarat

Items collected at the Ballarat campus will be donated to St Vincent de Paul Society who use profits from the sale of goods at their shops to provide crucial material and financial support to people in need all across Australia.

In 2021 we will be collecting donations from Monday November 29 until Friday December 10.

St Vincent de Paul Society have specifically requested:

  • Non-perishable food items
  • Toys
  • Non-perishable/long-lasting Christmas food items such as mince pies, powdered custard, canned ham and tinned fruit

Please bring your donations to any of the following locations:

ACU Engagement
Ground floor, Loreto House (114)

Campus Ministry
Ground floor, Burke House (113)

Campus Concierge
Ground floor, Carn Brea (100)

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Blacktown

Items collected at the Blacktown campus will be donated to the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) who provide services and support to refugees, internally displaced people, people seeking asylum and other forcibly displaced people.

In 2021 we will be collecting donations from Monday November 29 until Friday December 10.

Jesuit Refugee Service have specifically requested:

Non-perishable food items, such as:

  • Basmati rice
  • Cooking oil
  • Long-life milk
  • Tinned tuna
  • Red kidney beans
  • Lentils
  • Chickpeas
  • Canned fruit
  • Biscuits
  • Muesli bars
  • Oats and cereal

Toiletries:

  • Nappies (large sizes)
  • Toothpaste and toothbrushes
  • Shampoo
  • Sanitary pads and napkins
  • Razors and shaving foam
  • Deodorant (male and female)
  • Soap

Please bring your donations to any of the following locations:

Staff Kitchen
Level 5, 22 Main Street

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Brisbane

Items collected at the Brisbane campus will be donated to The Romero Centre who provide individualised, culturally sensitive and responsive case coordination services for people seeking asylum.

In 2021 we will be collecting donations from Monday November 29 until Friday December 10.

The Romero Centre have specifically requested:

  • Men’s razors
  • Spreads and preserves (peanut butter, jam, honey etc.)
  • Washing powder and washing liquid
  • Household cleaning products (dishwashing liquid)
  • Shopping vouchers (for Coles, Woolies, Aldi etc.)
  • Cooking oil (olive oil, vegetable oil, canola oil)
  • Tinned Food (tuna, coconut cream, coconut milk, corn, beans, lentils etc.)
  • Hand-wash and hand disinfectant
  • Nappies (various sizes)
  • Toiletries
  • Sanitary products (pads are preferred)

Please bring your donations to any of the following locations:

ACU Engagement
Building 200 (200.1.05)

Campus Ministry
Foyer, Building 200 (200)

Foyer
Saint John Paul II Building (212)

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Canberra

Items collected at the Canberra campus will be donated to Canberra City Care who provide practical help for people experiencing financial hardship.

In 2021 we will be collecting donations from Monday November 29 until Friday December 10.

Canberra City Care have specifically requested:

  • $20 vouchers for older children (eg. movies, JB Hi-Fi, Smiggle, Westfield)
  • Construction sets (like lego)
  • Make-believe play (dress-ups, trucks, dolls, cooking sets etc)
  • Games (board games, puzzles, card games)
  • Sporting equipment
  • Craft or science kits
  • Beauty products for teenage girls (eg. curling wand, hair straightener, makeup sets, hair accessories etc)

Please bring your donations to any of the following locations:

Campus Concierge
Ground floor, Blackfriars (300)

Campus Ministry
Ground floor, Signadou (302)

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Melbourne

Items collected at the Melbourne campus will be donated to Exodus Community who provide support to people in the local community of one of the poorest suburbs in Melbourne.

In 2021 we will be collecting donations from Monday November 29 until Friday December 10.

Exodus Community have specifically requested:

  • Non-perishable food items
  • Toiletries
  • Christmas food items such as mince pies and puddings
  • Gifts for children up to 12 years of age
  • Supermarket gift vouchers

Please bring your donations to any of the following locations:

ACU Engagement
Level 2, 340 Albert Street, East Melbourne (462)

Campus Ministry
Mezzanine level, Daniel Mannix Building (403)

Campus Concierge
Ground floor, Mary Glowrey Building (420)

Kitchen
Level 5, 250 Victoria Parade, East Melbourne (460)

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North Sydney

Items collected at the North Sydney campus will be donated to the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) who provide services and support to refugees, internally displaced people, people seeking asylum and other forcibly displaced people.

In 2021 we will be collecting donations from Monday November 29 until Friday December 10.

Jesuit Refugee Service have specifically requested:

Non-perishable food items, such as:

  • Basmati rice
  • Cooking oil
  • Long-life milk
  • Tinned tuna
  • Red kidney beans
  • Lentils
  • Chickpeas
  • Canned fruit
  • Biscuits
  • Muesli bars
  • Oats and cereal

Toiletries:

  • Nappies (large sizes)
  • Toothpaste and toothbrushes
  • Shampoo
  • Sanitary pads and napkins
  • Razors and shaving foam
  • Deodorant (male and female)
  • Soap

Please bring your donations to any of the following locations:

ACU Engagement
Level 8, 23 Berry Street (530)

Campus Ministry
James Carroll Building (502)

Campus Concierge
Tenison Woods House (532)

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Strathfield

Items collected at the Strathfield campus will be donated to the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) who provide services and support to refugees, internally displaced people, people seeking asylum and other forcibly displaced people.

In 2021 we will be collecting donations from Monday November 29 until Friday December 10.

Jesuit Refugee Service have specifically requested:

Non-perishable food items, such as:

  • Basmati rice
  • Cooking oil
  • Long-life milk
  • Tinned tuna
  • Red kidney beans
  • Lentils
  • Chickpeas
  • Canned fruit
  • Biscuits
  • Muesli bars
  • Oats and cereal

Toiletries:

  • Nappies (large sizes)
  • Toothpaste and toothbrushes
  • Shampoo
  • Sanitary pads and napkins
  • Razors and shaving foam
  • Deodorant (male and female)
  • Soap

Please bring your donations to any of the following locations:

Campus Ministry
Ground floor, Saint Edmund Building (613)

Campus Concierge
Level 1, Edmund Rice Building (600)

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