St Vincent's Christmas 2021

Reaching out for Vinnie's this Christmas

Winter is a complicated time, full of contradictions. Dark and cold mixed with sparkling light and comfort. Reflections on the year behind us, who and what may have passed us by, alongside hopes and ideas for what the future might bring. Poignancy, levity, and straight up outrageous celebration have characterised this time of year for generations, and following the year (or two) that we’ve just lived through, no doubt that heady mix will play out in all its facets this festive season.

We’ve all been strained in one way or another by the events following the pandemic. I could write a list here, but where would I start and end, given the absolutely bonkers geopolitical landscape we’re now living in? Sometimes it feels like too much to process, and in all honesty, we’re ready to let down our hair and raise a glass of something with one hand, and a mince pie with the other.

We’re still cautious but excited. Lots of us are looking forward to finally getting together with family and friends for long overdue celebrations, and all of the guests and clients who use St Vincent’s precious services are feeling that way too.

Vinnie’s is there all year, offering support, picking up the pieces and bridging the gap when world events disrupt lives forever, stretch services to breaking point, and leave people on our streets feeling there’s nowhere to turn. For so many people in Newcastle, Vinnie’s is their friend, their family, their community, and in the midst of extreme hardship there will be celebration, sparkling lights and comfort for them too this festive season.

When we decided to refocus our business mission it was because we realised that our region can thrive if we consider and support the wellbeing of everyone who is part of it. Vinnie’s is a nucleus for some, but we’re all part of this regional community, so let’s lift each other up and celebrate all our successes this year, whatever they may be!

In order to reach as many people as possible with some festive joy, the team at Vinnie’s are now reaching out for donations. Alongside a fantastic, free 3 course Christmas meal for around 150 people, with festive entertainment and gifts, there will be additional Christmas hampers and gifts for families and other individuals who’ve received support from Vinnie’s this year.

There are no end of options for helping out. From making an online donation to the Vinnie’s Christmas Hamper Appeal, to packing up a christmas gift box, or holding a food drive at work. Give us a shout and we will happily pick up collections of donated items from your workplace to deliver to Vinnie’s too. We’re in this together! Take a look at the list below, have a chat with your colleagues, and let’s see how we can help out people in our region this Christmas time.

It costs around £3.50 per person to provide a 3 course meal this Christmas

Items required for hampers:

– Selection boxes
– Chocolates
– Sweets
– Biscuits
– Savoury crackers
– Cranberry/mint/apple sauces
– Gravy granules
– Stuffing mix
– Cakes
– Christmas cake
– Sweet mince pies
– Custard
– Rice pudding
– Tinned fruit
– Tinned veg
– Tinned potatoes
– Smash

Christmas gifts:

You can donate individual items or make up a gift box for a man, woman, teen or child. Please add a small label to your gift indicating which age group it is for.

– New toys – babies, Toddlers, Girls, Boys, Teens
– Mens gift sets – deodorants, aftershaves, socks
– Ladies gift sets – perfume, body sprays, cosmetics
– New boxed games and books – all ages

You can drop your donation off directly to St. Vincent’s by the 10th of December, or if your workplace has a large collection of items, send us an email at and we’ll arrange a collection.