The Problem

For over 37,715 people experiencing homelessness in NSW, Christmas is such a lonely and difficult time.

And while most kids look forward to Christmas all year, that's not the case for over 3,963 NSW children under the age of 12 who are homeless. 

There will be no presents under the tree, stuffed stockings or a warm family lunch...But there is Wayside Chapel.

Each year, a constant stream of men, women and youth walk through our doors at Wayside Chapel, in desperate need of food and support.

On Christmas Day, 1,000 men, women and children attend our free community lunch. This is a special time when those experiencing homelessness and social isolation can enjoy a free meal (with all the trimmings!) on Christmas Day, surrounded by a loving community.

Because no one should go hungry at Christmas.

Wayside Chapel is one of a handful of organisations open every single day, offering support for those experiencing homelessness and social isolation over the Christmas and New Year period.

People turn to Wayside Chapel because we are open seven days a week, 365 days a year. We provide free meals on Christmas Day.

We are asking for your support to keep the kitchens cooking and our programs running over the Christmas and holiday season.

We need to raise $400,000 before Christmas to make sure anyone in crisis or experiencing homelessness is fed and supported during what can be a lonely and difficult time of year. Funds raised will go towards our Christmas Day Street Party and towards the cost of opening our programs and services throughout January so that no-one is left out.

We're asking you to Donate a Plate and to keep those experiencing homelessness fed and supported over the Christmas and new year period.

For just $25, you'll provide a meal with all the trimmings for those living on our streets.

  • $25 will provide one meal to feed a homeless person
  • $50 will feed a couple
  • $100 will feed a family of four
  • $250 will sponsor a table to feed 10 people
  • $500 will sponsor two tables of 10

Your name will be written on a plate at the Christmas Day lunch to recognise your support.

PLUS you can receive a giftcard 'plate' to gift to a friend or loved one.

Simply make a donation, and then select whether you wish to receive a card.

People fundraising for Donate a Plate

Create your own fundraiser for Donate A Plate

A big thank you to our Supporters

The real heroes who are kindly helping us achieve our goal

$50

Leonie Robertson

Merry Christmas xx

$250

Bindi Gethen

$260

Rosie Langley

Eat up! Enjoy your day. Best wishes.

$26

Anne Grace

You are Loved.

$104

Melinda Berliner

May peace be with you. May good health & happiness find its way to you & your family.

$26

Kirsty Dunn

Merry Christmas.

$104

Anonymous

$104

David Collins

I hope you have a happy Christmas

$52

Anonymous

$52

Sally Chik

With love, hope you have a great day and even better days ahead!

$68

Nancy Downes

Bless your heart and wishing you health, safety and happiness.

$52

Denise Kirkbank

$26

Anonymous

$52

Kamal Singh

$26

Brendan Leonard

$26

Siegrun Krauss

Merry Christmas

$52

Anonymous

Merry Christmas

$104

C.diuco

$52

Anonymous

$26

Michael Rowe

$26

Lyn Mateer

Happy, happy Christmas. Enjoy xx

$26

Rachael Wakefield

$26

Katie Milton

Very best wishes for a Happy Christmas and for a wonderful New Year.

$100

Anonymous

Indianna and Aden along with Aunty Cathy and Uncle Phil would love to share some Christmas cheer.

$104

Angela Ayers

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas x

$52

Lisa Mcintyre

$52

Heather Davies

Enjoy this beautiful meal knowing that you are loved and cared about this Christmas.

$26

Anonymous

Hope this little gift helps.

$52

Jocelyn Gaskill

$104

Yung Ok Yoo

I wish you and your family a Christmas of togetherness.

$26

Kjam

Best wishes for a lovely Christmas and a new year full of hope

$26

Julia Angove-plumb

$26

Selena Douglas-brown

$260

Philippa Stanford

$26

Kylie Jones

$26

Gill Stanford

$26

Peter Stanton

$26

Cheryl Hastings

Merry Christmas xx

$26

Kerrie Percival

$260

Robyn Dunn

Merry Christmas oxo

$26

Anonymous

Sorry I can't donate more

$260

Gayle Ashtiani

Merry Christmas!

$52

Rachael

Merry Christmas I hope you share this meal with friends and people who care about you. I wish you happiness and prosperity. With love, Rachael

$104

Lynn And Cam

Sending you all Christmas love!

$52

Ann Forster

$260

Anonymous

Merry Christmas xx

$26

Kathy Hill-smith

$52

Jill

Allow the wonderful helpers to serve you, and ENJOY

$260

Paulina Saldouzi

$104

Anonymous

$260

Jane Mcguire

$26

Laurie Soper

With love from my family to you, Blessings and Merry Christmas. The Soper Family.

$52

Eleanor Gough

Merry Christmas!!

$100

Darcey Farrell

With love for Christmas

$52

Anonymous

$52

Anonymous

$26

Julia Perry

$52

The Rowes

We believe in you x

$100

Anonymous

$104

Helen Watterson

Merry Christmas to all the Patrons and Volunteers and workers at Wayside Chapel

$26

Anonymous

$26

Belinda Close

Belinda passed away early this year. She was a talented cook and over the years there was always room at her table for one more - the sick, the lonely, those going through a rough time. Continuing that tradition in her name with love...

$26

Lucy S

Merry Christmas! You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers this Christmas. I hope that you have a delicious meal, and that life is good to you in 2020. Best, Lucy

$50

Anonymous

We do care. Happy Christmas!

$26

Anonymous

Merry Christmas from J & M

$104

Katherine & Chris Neal

$52

Liza Geddes

$100

Anonymous

$26

Leone: Lynne: Jenni

MAY THE NEW YEAR BE THE BEGINNING OF ENDLESS BLESSINGS FOR YOU...

$100

Jayne Langrell

Sending big hugs ❤️

$104

Jannifa Everingham

$52

Elaine Hone

I hope you have a Wonderful Christmas and I hope 2020 will bring you happiness and good health.

$104

Kylie Blarasin

$26

The Tselepatiotis Girls

KNOW THAT YOU ARE LOVED...

$104

Sarah Susak

Will miss Wayside this Christmas love you all x

$260

Michele Chevalley Hedge

Yours in Good Health

$52

Asha

$104

John Green

$52

Anonymous

$52

Anonymous

$26

Veris & David Appleyard

Happy Christmas to you. We both hope you enjoy your meal and the friendship that goes along with it from all the people there with you and our very best wishes to you for a happier future . 🌻🌻

$26

Evie Mccutcheon

Merry Chirstmas xx

$260

Anonymous

$52

Tara Pace

$52

Will Giblin

Enjoy your day!

$104

Juliette Doro

From an Angel up above for those in need.

$26

Marg And Bruce

$25

Vicki Behn

Merry Christmas to you

$52

Gail Plater

A plate from a Plater...enjoy with cheers and good thoughts

$104

Michele & Glen

With our best wishes for a love filled Christmas

$52

Belinda

$26

Anonymous

Enjoy a wonderful Christmas surrounded with love, appreciate the wonderful people around you and appreciate yourself for the wonderful person you are.

$104

Maureen Ayre

Merry Christmas

$104

Sarah Ghali

$26

Jacob Kandalaft

Wishing the person receiving this gift a Merry Christmas.

$26

Christian Kandalaft

Wishing the person receiving this gift a Merry Christmas.

$260

Anonymous

Wishing you a happy Christmas and may God bless you abundantly throughout the coming year

$26

Christene Altamura

$52

Anonymous

Merry Christmas to all 🎄

$150

Goddard Family

Merry Christmas and best wishes from our family to you!