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 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 $30 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.
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 through our secure payment gateway.
All donations greater than $2 are tax deductible.
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.
While I took this photo there was a 62 year old lady whom I personally know huddled down in a sleeping bag in a park, trying to keep warm but more importantly keep safe. The problem of homelessness in Melbourne is just getting worse. I’ve never seen so many people