Material Donations

Spring cleaning, or have you decided it’s time to declutter?

Or, have you outgrown your clothes, but they’re still in excellent condition?

By donating your pre-loved items to Holy Fools your items will get a new life, supporting fellow Aussies doing it tough, and helping reduce landfill and minimising the impact on our environment.

We always love receiving material donations in addition to the monetary gifts we receive. Material gifts allow us to provide material aid to the individuals and families we serve.

However, some items such as clothing are seasonal and maybe only required when we call for them. Check back at this page for any changes.

What can I donate?

When you’re considering whether something can be donated to Holy Fools, think about this – would you give it to a friend? If yes, then we would welcome it. 

Food Items

Please donate foods you might eat or share, including low-salt and gluten-free items.

Ensure food is within Best Before or Use by Dates.

These are items we require year-around:

  • Pasta and pasta sauce
  • Tomato paste and sauce
  • Tinned and ready to eat meals
  • Soups and curries
  • Rice
  • Tinned tuna, salmon, sardines, ham
  • Lunchbox snacks for kids
  • Canned meals with ring pull lids
  • Stir fry sauces
  • Instant noodles in a cup/bowl
  • Sandwich and cheese spreads
  • Breakfast cereals, muesli bars, breakfast bars
  • UHT (long life) milk
  • Biscuits
  • Teabags, instant coffee, milo
  • Bottled water


Please donate good quality, clean items to Holy Fools as you would give to a friend or wear yourself

Do not donate broken, soiled or stained donations

There are many items that we consistently require. These are:

  • Men’s and Women’s  Clothing (Seasonal) – Jackets, Jumpers, T-Shirts, Jeans, Tracksuit Pants, Casual Shoes/Runners etc 
  • Men’s underwear – Medium and Larger sizes preferred
  • Women’s underwear – Size 10- 12 preferred
  • Bras – preferably new
  • Men’s and women’s socks of all sizes – preferably new


Please donate good quality items that are clean and washed, as if you would give your friend these items.

Much of this is seasonal, but on the whole, we constantly require; 

  • Sleeping Bags
  • Blankets
  • Sheets
  • Doona’s
  • Camping Mats

Backpack Beds

We hand out Backpack Beds to rough sleepers, and always have a demand for these outstanding crisis stop-gaps. If you would like to donate one (or more) to Holy Fools, please check out the Backpack Beds organisation.

What can't I donate?

It takes us a lot of volunteer hours and money for the hundreds of items we get that are unusable.

Please do not donate any of the following:

  • Ripped, torn, soiled or stained clothing
  • Broken, ripped or stained furniture
  • Cracked or broken homewares
  • Stained bedding including mattresses
  • Green waste
  • Household waste
  • Computers, printers and scanners
  • Used toys