Make Christmas a Little Bit Better for Those in Need – Where to Donate in Lane Cove

Lane Cove residents are generous.  ITC see acts of generosity every day.  Lane Cove also has one of the highest volunteering rates in Australia.  At this time of the year, ITC readers always ask how they can help or donate to someone in need.  We have put together a list of local donation drives.

This has been a hard year, so if you know someone who lives in Lane Cove Council area and needs a helping hand please email us at [email protected] and we will see what we can do.  One act of kindness can make all the difference and Lane Cove has never let us down.

Sydney Community Services

Sydney Community Services is collecting non-perishable food items to distribute to those in need in our community.  Just purchase an extra item when shopping at Woolworths and leave it in the shopping trolley near the escalators.  These hampers go to locals in need.

With your help, Sydney Community Services distributes more than 200 Christmas hampers every year.

Not everyone enjoys Christmas – it can be incredibly stressful if you can’t afford it.

The Trolley will be at Woolworths Lane Cove from 29 November 2023 until Monday 18 December 2023 and will regularly be emptied by our fantastic volunteers.

Donation ideas include non-perishable items, food essentials and Christmas treats.


Raine and Horne

This year (as in previous years) Raine and Horne Lower North Shore will be accepting donations for The Salvation Army.

If you would like to donate, please drop off a new unwrapped toy, book, gift voucher or non-perishable food item to either one of our offices in Lane Cove, Willoughby, Mosman, before, 16 December 2022.

Lane Cove Office (just near Kasina Korean Eatery).
85 Longueville Road

Salvation Army’s Tips for Donations

The Salvation Army’s useful tips for gift donations:

  • Consider donating gift vouchers – A gift voucher means a parent or guardian can still share in the unique joy of buying a gift for their child or family member (vouchers are also ideal for teenagers)
  • Please consider giving gifts for a range of age groups, including teenagers and parents
  • Please leave gifts unwrapped, to enable parents/guardians to experience the dignity and joy of choosing gifts based on the recipients’ interests or personality. Feel free to include wrapping paper or gift bags
  • Please donate new items only as your donated gift may be the only present someone receives this Christmas

The Salvation Army’s tips for food donations:

  • Consider donating a supermarket gift voucher, as they allow the recipient the flexibility to purchase their choice of fresh fruit, vegetables and meat
  • Where appropriate, please ensure items have long expiry dates and are non-perishable
  • Since these will be received as gifts, consider adding brand name products and some special items to help the recipient celebrate on Christmas Day
  • Try packing the food into a shopping bag or washing basket that can be reused by the recipient (it’s sustainable too!)
  • Consider providing food that will suit families with young children, people with allergies, the elderly or culturally diverse Australian households.

Salvation Army’s Gift Voucher guidelines:

Thet can only accept physical gift vouchers (no printed or electronic gift vouchers please). Popular gift vouchers include:

  • Supermarkets, e.g. Woolworths or Coles
  • Department stores, e.g. Kmart, Big W, Target, Myer or David Jones
  • iTunes
  • Netflix
  • JB Hi-fi
  • Rebel
  • Event Cinemas or Hoyts
  • Dymocks


Lane Cove Orthodontics

Lane Cove Orthodontics will have its tree up on 1st December and is ready to receive donations to the Salvation Army.

If you want to donate, please drop off a new unwrapped toy, book, gift voucher or non-perishable food item to their offices at  Level 1 138 Longueville Road, Lane Cove, by 16 December 2022.

Lane Cove Doctors Medical Surgery

The Lane Cove Doctors Medical Surgery is hosting a ‘Christmas Wish’ tree for the Dandelion Support Network which will run from 1 December to 19 December 2023.

All locals are invited to drop off gifts under their tree for the Dandelion Support Network

Donations of toys, arts and crafts, puzzles, and games would be great.   In particular the Dandelion Support Network has said on their Instagram page that they are running low on toys for ages 6 and up.

Lane Cove Doctors Medical Surgery is located at Shop 1/2/ 118 Longueville Road, Lane Cove.

Norma Tracey’s Book and Present Drive

Norma Tracey AM is a Lane Cove Local and President of Strong Mothers Inc.

Norma works with Koolyangarra Aboriginal Family Centre. The Centre is an Aboriginal services hub running Aboriginal programs and providing a base for outreach services in the Penrith area. It is part of Nepean Community and Neighbourhood Services (NCNS).

You can help by making a tax-deductible donation or buying a book written by an Indigenous writer from Burns Bay Bookery (who are offering a discount).

All the details here:

Delvena Women’s Refuge

Lane Cove is such a generous community and at this time of year, ITC is regularly asked how locals can support Delvena Women’s Refuge. The staff at Delvena never know who is going to walk in the door and need their help. They need to have generic supplies on hand and that is why cash donations and gift vouchers are so appreciated.  Why not buy a Lane Cove Gift Card so parents can choose gifts for the kids from a Lane Cove store?  You can buy a Lane Cove Gift Card at these stores.

However, they told us that this year they are looking for gifts for the following ages:

  • 2 young people (female)
  • young people (male)
  • 1  4 months old baby boy
  • 4 toddler girls (2-4y.o)
  • 4 toddler boys
  • 4 school aged girls (kindy to year 2)
  • 4 school aged boys
  • 2 primary school girls (year 3 to year 6)
  • 2 primary school boys

It would be great if there could be some indoor games and puzzles for the older kids.

You can drop off your donations at Sydney Community Services.

Your generosity will ensure women and their children escaping domestic violence have a happier Christmas with a small gift to enjoy in their environment, free from violence and abuse.

Delvena Women’s Refuge is operated by Woman and Children FirstThey do an amazing job at supporting women and children escaping domestic violence and abuse.

They told ITC the following:

“Tragically, there’s always a spike in domestic violence during this time of year. Safe spaces like schools and work are closed, alcohol use increases, and added financial strain can escalate existing patterns of abuse.”

With their resources already stretched (they’re only funded for 25% of the women and children they support!), they’re reaching out to our community to ask them to donate to provide safe shelter and wraparound care for the families living in their refuges over the holiday period. Please help them reach their target of 154 nights of safety and support.

Donate here:

Helloworld Travel

Helloworld Travel Lane Cove needs your help! It is a very busy time of year however should you have anything you would like to donate please reach out to Debbi or Courtney in the Helloworld Travel Lane Cove office to arrange email Helloworld at [email protected] or 02 9418 6866

RecycleSmart and OzHarvest

Throughout the festive season, food waste surges by approximately 30%, adding to the  discarded food in Australian households annually. As Christmas cheer fills the air, the challenge of food waste becomes even more apparent. That is why Recyclesmart has an exciting collaboration with OzHarvest. OzHarvest is an Australian food rescue organization dedicated to stopping food waste, operating nationally, OzHarvest collects surplus food from various donors and delivers it to charities, striving to create a sustainable food culture.

From November 29th – January 15th, Recyclesmart are running a special Christmas Food Drive for OzHarvest. Recyclesmart are calling on you,  to donate non-perishable items. All you have to do is book a powerpickup and Recyclesmart will collect from your door.


Lane Cove Council

Share Christmas joy with those who are less fortunate by selecting a gift tag from one of our Trees of Joy. Gifts will be distributed to local families in partnership with Delvena Women and Children’s Refuge and Catholic Care.

You can donate your unwrapped gift at Lane Cove Civic Centre, Lane Cove Library or St Leonards Library by Friday 8 December 2023.

For more information, please contact Council’s Seniors and Disability Programs Officer on 9911 3555.

Photo Source: Lane Cove Council Website

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