The temps are dropping and winter is on the way. While this may be good news for skiers and snowboarders, it’s not good news for the 116,000 people across Australia classed as “homeless.”
XTM Performance’s annual Heat the Homeless appeal is in full action again this year, urging people to donate their quality, pre-loved snow jackets to keep the homeless warm.
With rising inflation and economic downturns it is has been predicted that homelessness could surge by nine per cent in 2023.
Since the appeal was founded in 2016, over 20,000 snow jackets have been donated to keep the homeless warm all across Australia. XTM Performance works with participating retailers to act as donation collection points for pre-loved clean and warm jackets (preferably waterproof) which are passed on to not-for-profit donation platform GIVIT for distribution to their 4,500 charity partners across Australia.
“After a tough year, homelessness numbers are on the rise. We are proud to be leading Heat the Homeless for our seventh appeal, to make the harsh winter a little more comfortable for thousands of rough sleepers across the country and help protect them from
the cold,” says Pete Forras, founder of XTM Performance.
According to GIVIT, the needs of vulnerable Australians have more than doubled on the platform in the past six months, with everyday Australians finding themselves unable to afford the basics. With the rising cost of living many people are now at breaking point.
All items are required to be in a clean and good condition; as a general rule, if you wouldn’t wear it, please don’t give it.
Find out your nearest participating retailer here.