Pennisi Christmas Food & Toy Drive

It’s been a tough year for many in our community, and we hear first-hand about the challenges our clients and neighbours face with the increased cost of living.

To help lighten the load for those struggling, we’re collecting non-perishable foods and all-ages gifts in our Essendon office for distribution the week before Christmas. If you, or someone you know, would benefit from a hamper, please get in touch and we’ll do our best to meet demand!

When to Donate

Between December 1 – December 22, unwrapped gifts and non-perishable food can be placed under the Christmas tree in the reception area at 255C Keilor Road, Essendon during office hours.

What to Donate


Please ensure all food items are unopened and well within use by / best before dates.

  • Christmas puddings
  • Fruit mince pies
  • UHT long-life milk/non-dairy milk
  • Breakfast cereals/oats
  • Spreads (peanut butter, jam, Nutella etc)
  • Canned fish/meat (tuna, spam)
  • Simmer sauces/recipe bases
  • Sauces (tomato, bbq, mustard, soy, etc)
  • Snacks (chips, cookies, chocolate)
  • Drinks (soda, cordial etc)
  • Baking (flour, sugar, mix etc)


  • Toothpaste & toothbrushes
  • Body wash
  • Sealed packets of sanitary items
  • Deodorant
  • Shampoo & conditioner


Please ensure all gifts are new & batteries are supplied with toys where required.

  • Gift vouchers
  • Movie tickets 
  • Books 
  • Board games 
  • Arts & Craft 
  • Puzzles 
  • Toys


  • Christmas crackers
  • Laundry / dishwashing liquids

If you have any questions please get in touch. Thank you for your generous donations!