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 Six months pregnant, her life-hardened face wet with tears, standing outside Lutheran Care’s Blair Athol office on an uncomfortably humid, 34-degree day.

This is how we came across Abbie* in January. One of our Emergency Relief (ER) team members found the young mother-to-be standing on the pavement, and asked if she was OK.

“No,” Abbie answered through sobs. “I’m six-months pregnant, and I’ve just walked an hour to get here.”

Quickly, we ushered her inside, giving her a seat and some cold water. When she was able, Abbie explained she didn’t know where else to go. With smiles, and the kind and genuine care our team is known for, we reassured Abbie she had come to the right place. We would help her however we could.


 At just 18, her short life had been marked by struggle, including abuse and addiction. However, she was laser focused on making a better life for her and her baby.

The baby’s father was not in the picture, and she had little support. Having left school at the end of year 10 due to a learning disability, she felt ill-equipped to navigate the paperwork required to access the benefits she was eligible for. However, despite her desperate situation, it was clear Abbie was committed to doing what it took to help her unborn child.

Abbie understood that nutrition was important, but couldn’t afford fresh foods, admitting she wasn’t eating well, or regularly.

After listening to Abbie’s story, we gave her an ER food parcel, including pantry staples and fresh bread, fruit and vegetables. Noticing her shoes and clothes had seen much better days, we gave her a voucher to spend in our Op Shop next door, assisting Abbie to find some new shoes and maternity wear. Upon Abbie’s request, we provided some laundry powder so she could keep her new clothes clean, and toiletries when she admitted she was also struggling to afford them.

Despite the trauma Abbie had experienced, and her struggles with addiction, she had never received any formal counselling. We remedied that, linking her with our onsite counselling team for ongoing support. We also made Abbie a series of appointments with one of our financial counsellors, to work with her one-on-one to take stock of her financial situation, access support, make a budget and set goals to create a more stable financial launchpad before the baby came.

Abbie shared that her own mother had struggled, and she worried she wouldn’t be a good mother as her relationship with her own had been fraught. We discussed with Abbie the programs available for families, including new mothers, at our Ingle Farm Family Zone parenting centre. She was hopeful our programs would help her learn how to be the mother she wanted to be; the one her baby needed to get the best start in life.

We offered assistance with newborn clothing, bedding, nappies, and toys for when the baby came, and helped Abbie apply for a grant, to assist with purchasing a crib, change table and pram. Finally, we gave her a transport voucher so she could get home safely without having to walk in the heat.

Abbie left our office with her head held a little higher, promising, like many of our clients do, to “pay it forward” when she could. We hope the love and kindness we show clients such as Abbie can be the turning point they need to access help and make changes for the better in their own lives, also improving the lives of future generations, and the community around them. Kindness can spread so far.

Lutheran Care is one of very few charities homegrown right here in South Australia. Funds raised in SA stay in SA to assist some of the most vulnerable people in our very own neighbourhoods.

During these 40 days of Lent, we encourage everyone to look within; to think about what they can do to show their love for their neighbour. How can you make someone else’s life a little better?

*Names and images have been de-identified to protect clients’ privacy.

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We provide a variety of donation options that may be relevant to you. If you have any queries, please contact our office on (08) 8269 9333.

Tax Deductibility

Tax Deductibility Every donation received is used to fund Lutheran Care services in SA and NT. All donations over $2 are tax deductible. If you opt in for regular giving, you will receive one tax deductible receipt at the end of the financial year.

Donate Online

Fill in a brief form with your details when you donate online. We accept Visa and MasterCard. You can pledge your donation to any of our appeals, or simply select 'where it's needed most'.

Bank Transfer

BSB: 325185
Account: 03815186
Acc Name: Lutheran Care

Regular Payments

Using the Direct Debit Form (above), you can elect to donate on a regular basis; monthly, quarterly, half-yearly or annually. We encourage you to pay annually as it helps to reduce our administration costs, ensuring even more funds reach those in desperate need.

Food Donations

Fresh produce, tinned goods and hygiene items can be donated directly to our Emergency Relief service located at 309-311 Prospect Rd, Blair Athol SA 5084.

A full list of food and other items currently needed can be found here.

Leave a Bequest

Many of our supporters choose to Leave a Bequest to Lutheran Care. It is a lasting gift that ensures the ongoing achievement of our shared vision.

Donate Your Birthday

Planning for your next birthday celebration? Ask for donations instead of gifts! Your friends and family can help to support families in need across SA and the NT...all because you've turned another year older. Simply let your friends know where to donate, or we can send you donation envelopes for your guests to fill out and send back to us. Contact us on (08) 8269 9333 or enquiries@lutherancare.org.au

In Memoriam Donations

We are so sorry for your loss. A donation to Lutheran Care in memory of your loved one is a special way to celebrate their life and allows their memory to live on through the children and families who visit us for support. For more information, please visit Honour a Loved One.


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You can change your method of payment anytime. Please phone us on (08) 8269 9333 during office hours to discuss your preferences.

Direct Debit

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Thank you for your interest in donating to Lutheran Care’s work with vulnerable families and individuals.
Currently we are taking donations and tax deductible contributions for our Winter Appeal over the phone or via direct bank transfer. 
Over the phone donations can be made with a credit card and by calling our friendly team on  (08) 8269 9333.
If you would like to donate via direct bank transfer, please see the account details below and email finance@lutherancare.org.au so we can forward your donation receipt.
Bank Transfer details:
BSB: 325185
Account: 03815186
Account Name: Lutheran Care
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