As the impact of COVID-19 deepens and winter approaches, the St Vincent de Paul Society is calling on Australians to dig deep and donate generously to the COVID-19 Appeal.
A reduction in donations, coupled with a spike in demand for services, make tough times even tougher for many people.
COVID-19 has put increased pressure on disadvantaged families who are struggling to pay the rent, maintain their health and buy warm clothes for their children.
Then there are the newly unemployed who are turning to charities for assistance for the first time.
Vinnies provides support to people at risk of or experiencing homelessness, and runs programs and services designed to break the cycle of poverty.
Vinnies volunteer members work with individuals to support them with what they most urgently need - providing food hampers or vouchers, assistance with energy bills and connections to other services.
"As we enter winter, we are in need of warm clothes and blankets to offer to people who visit our Night Patrol vans, but we have been unable to run our usual blanket drives through businesses and schools so our vans are short on supplies to provide to people in need," said Mr van Wyk, CEO of the St Vincent de Paul Society Canberra/Goulburn.
"Our ability to raise money through schools and parishes has also been affected by the restrictions.
"And while our good works continue, the funding usually provided by the sale of items in Vinnies shops has all but disappeared due to necessary closures.
"Donations now are vital to ensure we can continue to offer our services as winter approaches.
"Together, with your assistance we can continue to make a big difference to the lives of people in need in our local community," Mr van Wyk said.