In 2019 we managed to
supply 1883 Life saving
sleeping bags to those in need.
In 2020 we are aiming to
supply 2020 life saving
2020 Tally so far: 521
If you would like to make a financial donation to Sleeping Bags For Homelessness you can do so below using Credit Card or PayPal facilities using our secure payment gateway.
All donations greater than $2 are tax deductible.
Warm Gloves $10
Warm Scarf $10
Warm Socks $10
Sub-zero Sleeping Bag $35
Complete Winter Pack $65
The aim of Sleeping Bags For Homelessness (SBFH) is to provide a new sleeping bag to every person experiencing homelessness and sleeping rough on the streets of major Australian cities.
What began as a local initiative (Blanket Melbourne) back in 2014 has since grown into a national initiative with strong community support across Australia. Because of that, in 2018 we managed to fundraise and deliver more than 1,750 and in 2019 we managed to fundraise and deliver 1883 brand new sleeping bags to people experiencing homelessness.
Sleeping bags can be literal lifesavers during freezing cold nights. Every year people living on the streets die from exposure to the cold. This is unacceptable and unnecessary.
Just $35 buys a new sleeping bag for someone who might otherwise have nothing.
Of course, a sleeping bag doesn’t solve all the problems that come from living rough on the streets, that’s why we also assist people to find warmth, comfort, food, and friendship.
Can I donate a blanket?
Yes! The Salvation Army and St. Vincent De Paul are happy to take them any time! We mainly look after people sleeping rough, and they tell us that blankets just don’t work for them for very practical reasons as weight, bulk and water proofing.
Can I offer a used sleeping bag?
Unfortunately, that’s not possible. Sleeping bags can wear down quickly and need to be sturdy to help a person survive on the streets in all kinds of weather. There is also the consideration that getting something new and just for them very rarely happens for a homeless person. A gift of a new sleeping bag can lift their spirits more than you can imagine.
Can I come with you to hand out the sleeping bags?
Perhaps! We do regular street walks to give out the bags. Just get in touch and we can have a chat about what you can expect and what is involved.
Do you take clothing and shoes?
We do, in our op shop the Kala Space. It’s always a good idea to contact us first, because we are fortunate to live and work in a generous city and get many donations offered. We can tell you what our clients need most and who else might have a use for your pre-loved.
It’s been as cold as -2 degrees some mornings. Imaging sleeping in that, or waking up to that. It’s absolutely horrific and inhumane. Sometimes it can be a while between posts but please know that’s because we’re just so busy getting these bags out and running things behind the scenes.
We were in Perth this week spending time with the team from the Perth Homeless Support Group. Ron and Michael from PHSG have an incredible team behind them and so some amazing work connecting with people experiencing homelessness in the Perth area. We donated a stack of much needed sleeping
We had a lovely catch up with Graham and the team from the Fr Bob Maguire Foundation and the lovely Natalie from Orange Sky Australia last night at Peanut Farm. These beautiful humans help deliver your sleeping bags out directly to our friends sleeping rough. With so many people needing support these days it’s