Make a Donation

We help families in crisis, including people escaping domestic violence, their children and the homeless.

As a registered Charity (and Deductible Gift Recipient), all donations over $2 are tax deductible, and all donors will receive a receipt from us.

You can make a donation now using your Credit Card or Paypal. Click on the “Donate” button to the right (in the sidebar). The instruction video below the button simply shows you how to donate using either your Credit Card or Paypal account.

Each day St. John’s provides hot meals for up to 50 people. We do this 6 days a week, 50 weeks a year and we only receive about half of our costs from the government.

Click on each section below for more information on how you can assist us

1. Financial Contributions

Donations towards the cost of food for the Drop-In Centre, the operation of the Welfare Centre and general running costs are always welcome.

St. John’s Crisis Centre has DGR Status (Deductible Gift Recipient) and all donations over $2 are tax deductible. Donors will receive a receipt.

Your small contribution can go a long way to helping us provide food for those in need.

To make a donation by Credit Card or Paypal, simply click the “Donate” button to the right (in the sidebar) or click the button below.




2. Donation of Goods – What do we need?
St. John’s offers a range of services to families in need including food, toiletries and home items. We are in constant need of food and personal items, with a list of immediate and urgently required items updated regularly on our Facebook page.

We always need a range of items including:

  • Non-perishable food
  • Toiletries
  • Clothes
  • For Babies
  • Home Items

Rice, noodles, pasta, tinned vegetables, soups, fruit, tuna, cereals, longlife milk, sugar, coffee and tea and meals in a tin like stew, spaghetti, baked beans, sausages, etc

Toothbrushes, toothpaste, toilet rolls, soap, shampoo and conditioner, razors and towels.

Shoes, socks, jeans and warm clothes for both men and women, in good condition.

Singlets, nappies and clothing in good condition.

Small household items such as saucepans, mugs, laundry powder, household cleaning items, kitchen utensils, blankets and linen.

And for those who are really struggling or for those children who have nothing for their birthday we have a Blessings Cupboard where we give gifts of toiletry packs and small toys to show that someone cares.

Donations can be made at St. John’s Drop-In Centre, 36 Hamilton Ave Surfers Paradise, Monday to Friday between 9am and 12pm.

For larger donations, we can also organise to collect items. Contact us to arrange a time within opening hours.

Both Coles and Woolworths deliver to our centre. Please ensure all deliveries are mornings only (Monday to Friday between 9am and 12pm) so we can ensure they are stored correctly.

3. Donate at the Supermarket

You can donate non-perishable items at your local supermarket checkout using “Bin-A-Tin”. We have collection bins in a range of locations to make it easy for you to donate:

  • Coles – Australia Fair, Benowa Village, Labrador, Miami, Nerang Fair, Pacific Fair, Robina Town Centre & Runaway Bay Plaza
  • Woolworths – Pacific Fair, Robina Town Centre (North Store) & Stocklands Burleigh
  • Q Super Centre – Bin provided by Centre Management located outside Woolworths
Bin a Tin 2

This is one of the easiest ways to assist us, as you can simply pop an item in the bin when you’ve finished your grocery shopping. One or two items can make a world of difference to a struggling family.

We are currently looking to add more “Bin-A-Tin” locations and will update the website and Facebook as they become available.

4. Organise a Grocery Delivery

This is another easy way to help us.

Both Woolworths and Coles deliver to us, and you can send a range of non-perishable goods. (Morning deliveries only please, Monday to Friday between 9am and 12pm.)

We provide a range of food, toiletries and sanitary products to clients and their families. We need to constantly restock, and appreciate all the assistance you can provide.

Why not organise a delivery with some likeminded friends or family members?

5. Winter Donations

Last Winter we opened the Church over the very coldest nights and provided shelter for hundreds of people – including 2 young pregnant mothers.

During the winter months, along with warm food, we provide a range of items to those people in need, including blankets, warm clothing and sleeping bags. This year we are asking the community to help us with our Winter Backpack Campaign.

The following brochure contains a list of items for each backpack.

2018 Backpack Brochure image

Many people use this as their shopping list purchasing an item a week in the lead up to Winter. You can download a copy here.

If you, your club, or workplace would like to participate, simply email us here or you can join the Facebook group setup by some of our contributors here.

Happy to participate, but can’t get into Surfers Paradise? Don’t worry, we have a number of volunteers this year who are happy to collect the Backpacks from you. If you’re organising a Backpack and need us to collect it from you, just email us here so we can plan a collection time closer to June.

6. Annual Christmas Hampers

Each year we provide Christmas Hampers and toys to those families struggling in our community.

Last year we provided more than 120 hampers. This year we are aiming for 150!

The following brochure contains a list of items for each hamper.

2017 Christmas Hamper List

Many people use this as their shopping list in the lead up to Christmas. You can download a copy here.

In addition to a tasty hamper, we also organise Christmas gifts for our families.  These are often the only gifts they receive, and we try to match gifts to recipients wherever possible.  If you’d like to donate a Christmas gift, we have suggestions based on age.

If you, your club, or workplace would like to participate, simply email us here or you can join the Facebook group setup by some of our contributors here.

Happy to participate, but can’t get into Surfers Paradise? Don’t worry, we have a number of volunteers this year who are happy to collect the Hampers from you. If you’re organising a Hamper and need us to collect it from you, just email us here so we can plan a collection time closer to December.

7. The 100 Club

We are aiming to raise enough money to give us a regular funding base to help expand our services. Our goal is to reach 100 people donating a regular amount of at least $10 a month – which would give us $12,000 a year towards helping the homeless and those in need on the Gold Coast.

You can make a regular donation through PayPal, or fill in the 100 Club Membership Form and email it to us.

To make a donation by Credit Card or Paypal, simply click the “Donate” button to the right (in the sidebar) or click the button below.




8. Crisis Centre Building Fund

St. John’s are aiming to buy a bigger premises so we can expand our service into areas of rehabilitation and training – enabling people to engage back into society.

We are calling on the community for donations over $100 as we need $1.5 million to achieve this goal.

To make a donation by Credit Card or Paypal, simply click the “Donate” button to the right (in the sidebar) or click the button below.




9. Run a Collection Drive

Many schools and local businesses assist by running a collection at their school or workplace, to collect donations of tinned and non-perishable food, as well as other items needed by St. John’s Crisis Centre.

To organise this with the help of our volunteers, please contact our administration office.

Donations can be made at St. John’s Drop-In Centre, 36 Hamilton Avenue Surfers Paradise, Monday to Friday between 9am and 12pm.

For larger donations, we can also organise to collect items.
Contact us on: (07) 5531 6013 to arrange a time within opening hours.