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Dear Valued Supporter,

For our 2023 Winter Appeal, we asked our clients, Oscar*, 6, and his grandmother Carol*, to share with us an insight into what life is like for them.

Oscar’s Story

I used to love coming to visit Nanna. Now Mum is in heaven, I have to live here. It’s not as much fun. But Nanna is trying really hard. She doesn’t know I know but I see her looking really sad sometimes.

She tells me we can’t put the heater on because the bills cost too much. We are lucky we have rugs to put over our knees while we watch footy on the TV. I like Crows but she likes Port!

I feel hungry a lot, but I don’t tell Nanna. I can’t concentrate when I’m hungry. I used to get blueberries but we can’t afford them anymore. Now the food in my lunchbox comes from the bag the Lutheran Care ladies give us. I don’t get invited to many birthday parties but when I do, my present is never as good as what the other kids bring.

Nanna is getting help from Lutheran Care to find out how we might get more money. Her place is small but she takes me to the park so I can kick the footy. I miss Mum but I know I’m lucky to have Nanna, and we’re both lucky to have Lutheran Care.

There are many families out there that need some help this Winter. Your donation to Lutheran Care will help us provide Emergency Relief and ongoing support to people in crisis. Please, donate today.

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

Carol’s Story

When I took on responsibility for Oscar, I really didn’t know how I was going to manage it. I’m on a pension and don’t have much in the way of Superannuation.

Money just doesn’t seem to go as far anymore. When my husband was alive, we ate meat most nights. Nowadays, it’s only once or twice a week. Even mince is expensive! Otherwise we eat soups and casseroles. I water them down to make them go further. I buy frozen vegetables as fresh ones are too dear. I don’t need much to eat – I prefer to let Oscar eat. I sometimes think Oscar has hollow legs, but I know he’s just growing. It breaks my heart when he feels hungry. He lies and says he doesn’t. I am ashamed I can’t provide better for him.

My friend who volunteers at Lutheran Care told us to visit them. They gave us food, blankets, and a $50 voucher for the Op Shop. There, I found Oscar some school clothes and football boots, basically brand new! I am so grateful – there was no other way I could afford them.

I’m in a small unit but the rent is rising. There are issues with the home but I’m nervous to complain in case we get kicked out. I saw on the news that homelessness is a rising issue for old people like me.

I am worried how we will go this Winter. It gets very cold where we are. In the mornings, as I get Oscar ready for school, I can feel it in my bones.

Life is hard but we have our health and each other. We are so very fortunate. I give prayers of thanks every day.

Lutheran Care is urging supporters to please give what they can this Winter, so we can help families like Carol’s to weather the storm and enjoy a brighter future on the other side.

Lutheran Care

How to Donate

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.


Send a cheque with your Donation Form.

Lutheran Care

Changing Your Payment Option

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

Direct Debit

Fill, sign and return this Direct Debit Form to Lutheran Care.

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
Thank you so much for your support.