Spreading Hope and Joy: 7 Days of Giving Drive kicks off for The Living Room In the spirit of giving during the festive season, we're launching our ‘7 Days of Giving’ drive to raise essential funds and donations for The Living Room. This holiday season, as we exchange gifts and share moments of joy with our family and loved ones, let the spirit of giving illuminate the lives of those experiencing or at risk of homelessness. Together, let's make this Christmas a season of giving, ensuring that everyone can experience the warmth and love that defines this special time of year. The Need is Urgent, and Increasing This year, the demand on services at The Living Room has significantly increased, with an 11% rise in people accessing our supports. Family violence referrals have soared by 192%, underscoring the pressing need for support. The holiday season is an opportune time to channel our collective compassion into action. Over the past year, The Living Room has provided 14,471 instances of practical support, 8,399 doctors and nurses consultations, and 7,146 opportunities for people to charge their mobile phones and stay connected. But we need your help to continue these services and meet the huge need. Here are Four ways you can get involved Make a Donation Donating monetary funds is the quickest way to provide a direct impact. Please select a donation amount (required) $365 Fund essential healthcare expenses, providing life-changing medical support for individuals who have experienced homelessness. $150 1 nights' accommodation for someone currently sleeping rough $30 Basic Adult Sized Backpack $9.50 24 pack of bottled water Other Set up a regular donationDonate Or make a donation here. Drop off Donations Dropping off one or more of the below products directly to The Living Room. Sleeping bags Tracksuit bottoms Shorts T-Shirts Summer Hats Water Bottles Toiletries Backpacks Socks Feminine Hygiene Products Underwear To donate these, please drop them off directly at The Living Room during opening hours. We can only accept donations that are either unused/sealed or clothing that is in good condition (as if you were going to gift to a friend). If you’re a business and wish to make a large donation or want to know how you can help more, please reach out to [email protected] Pay it Forward at The Little Social Sprinkle kindness into someone else’s day and anonymously purchase an item from our menu and pay it forward to someone experiencing homelessness. Use your Voice If you would like to support but cannot support financially, your voice can speak volumes. Consider sharing this campaign with friends and family to spread the word. Your contribution goes beyond just a donation - it becomes a beacon of hope for individuals facing or at risk of homelessness. Every donation, big or small, has the power to transform lives and create a ripple effect of positivity within Melbourne.