Street swags need your help to supply Brisbane’s homeless community with swags this Christmas.
Street Swags is an Australian charity that provides basic bed and shelter, in the form of a swag, to people experiencing homelessness.
They are calling on volunteers to help roll hundreds of swags for those who have nothing this Christmas.
There were over 100,000 homeless people in Australia during the last Census night in 2011 and the average national turn away rate for those looking for immediate accommodation at emergency centres is around 54 per cent and rises to over 80 per cent for families.
Street Swags founder Jean Madden says Christmas is an especially difficult time for people who are homeless.
“We generally can’t keep up with demand. People sleeping rough are extremely lonely and there is added financial pressure placed on people who are vulnerable to homelessness.
“We need the community’s help to provide basic shelter to the most impoverished and vulnerable this Christmas.”
“All volunteers are welcome, as we currently have a waiting list of over 1600 swags which charities, shelters and individuals desperately need,” she says.
Street Swags rely on community donations to manufacture and distribute the swags, which are made from Australian-made water-proof, flame resistant canvas and a flame resistant foam mattress, and roll into a carry bag.
Ms Madden says the charity produces 5000 swags a year from donations, but there is a much greater need than what they can currently supply and they need extra support to reach the demand.