Donation Wish Lists


Catherine House relies on the support of the community to ensure we can continue to provide clients with their ongoing daily needs.



Before collecting any items for Catherine House or contacting the team to arrange delivery, please read carefully the following guidelines for donating items from our Wish List:

  • Due to lack of storage, hygiene and safety reasons, we cannot accept any second hand items
  • All items, regardless of the type, must be brand new, unused, and in original packaging
  • Toiletries must be standard size – no hotel/mini/travel sized.  Clients can stay at Catherine House for a number of months, so these smaller sizes are not appropriate
  • Underwear and sleepwear must be brand new with tags still intact
  • Any donations of food must be in date, unopened, with ingredients listed. We cannot accept donations of non-packaged or any pre-cooked food
  • Any electrical items must be brand new and packaged
  • There are a number of items that we cannot accept – please see below at WHAT WE CANNOT ACCEPT
what we cannot accept


Due to storage limitations, safety and hygiene reasons, there are a number of items we are unfortunately not able to accept.

Donations of Clothing and Furniture:

Unfortunately due to lack of storage, we are not able to accept donations of clothing and furniture.

We do encourage you to donate your items of clothing and other household goods to your local Vinnies, who have a voucher system for Catherine House clients to “shop” at any of their stores.

Find your local Vinnies Shop here: Vinnies Shop

We recommend for any of donations of furniture to RuFus.

P: 0416 960 424


Donations of Used Electrical Goods

Due to test and tag regulations, we are only able to accept boxed, new electrical items.


Donations of Baby/Children’s Items

Catherine House does not have children residing at our accommodation program. Therefore we do not have a need for baby or children’s clothes, furniture, items or toys.

We suggest donating these items to The Village Co, Coolock House, Louise Place or Backpacks for Kids.


Please contact us at if you have any questions.

current high need item & CHRISTMAS FOOD WISHLIST

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us directly. 

We are currently in high need of the below items:

  • Razors
  • Cotton pads
  • Face moisturizer
  • Perfume
  • Mascara
  • Hand cream
  • Umbrellas

Current food items in need for Christmas Packs for our clients: 

  • Christmas Biscuits
  • Chocolates
  • Crackers
  • Soft Drinks cans
  • Gingerbread House Kits
  • Fruit Cake
  • Candy Canes
  • Custard
  • Coffee Beans
  • Cappuccino sachets
  • Assorted potato chips
  • Juice
  • Pavlova and/or mini pavlova
  • Gravy

PLEASE NOTE: All personal care items must new, unused and be of standard size (no hotel/travel/minis), due to the fact that clients stay at Catherine House for a long period of time.

personal care items



Please contact our office on 08 8232 2282 ( option 3) to organise your January delivery.

Donations of toiletries are utilised by all women who stay at Catherine House. When a woman arrives at our crisis accommodation service, they often have very few possessions. Each woman will receive a welcome pack of a handbag, toiletries and new sleepwear. Toiletries are also used throughout our three communal accommodation sites and Women’s Centre bathroom facilities.

As women move in to their own properties, we continue to support them through monthly toiletry orders through our Outreach Service. This assists them financially as it is one less expense for them as they are trying to get back on their feet.

If you would like to support our women as they transition in to their new home, here are some suggestions of new items that are always gratefully received and can be accepted.

PLEASE NOTE: All personal care items must new, unused and be of standard size (no hotel/travel/minis), due to the fact that clients stay at Catherine House for a long period of time.

Toiletry items


  • Deodorant
  • Body wash/shower gel
  • Body lotion/moisturiser
  • Facial moisturiser
  • Face wipes
  • Cotton tips/pads
  • Hair brush/ties
  • Dry shampoo


  • Underwear (all sizes)
  • Bras (all sizes)
  • Socks

Miscellaneous Items

  • Umbrellas
  • Sun hats
  • Dressing gowns (larger sizes)
  • Pyjamas (larger sizes)
moving on packs


When moving in to a new home, there are always items that women need to help get them started once again. If you would like to support our women as they transition in to their new home, here are some suggestions of new items that are always so gratefully received.

Kitchen Packs:

  • New toasters and kettles
  • Cooking utensil sets
  • Dinnerware and cutlery sets
  • Coffee mugs and drinkware
  • Travel mugs and BPA drink bottles
  • Pots and pans
  • Oven trays and mits
  • Knife blocks and chopping boards
  • Basic cook books
  • Food grade storage containers – all sizes
  • Strainers/colanders

Bedroom Packs:

  • Pillows/pillow protectors
  • Mattress protectors
  • Sheet sets (Double or Queen)
  • Quilt (Double or Queen)
  • Quilt cover (Double or Queen)
  • Blankets (bed sized)


Wellbeing Items:

  • Calendars/diaries
  • Adult colouring books
  • Textas/colouring pencils/pens
  • Writing pads/note pads/journals
  • Movie vouchers
  • Metro cards
  • Wordsearch books
  • Affirmation cards or books
  • Inspirational books
  • USBs
  • Document folders
  • Internet dongles
  • Gift Cards (Kmart, Coles, Target, Woolworths, BigW)

Laundry Packs:

  • Laundry basket and/or hamper
  • Pegs
  • Washing powder or detergent
  • Fabric softener
  • Plastic storage tubs
  • Tool kits
  • Tool boxes
  • Toilet paper
  • Tissues

Cleaning Packs:

  • Microfibre cloths
  • Bin liners
  • Toilet brush and holder
  • Dust pan and brush
  • Dishwashing liquid
  • Cleaning products










grocery list


Did you know we provide 55,936 Meals and Snack to women every year?


Providing fresh and nutritious meals is really important for women staying at Catherine House.

When women stay in our crisis and mental health programs they are provided with meals and snacks.

If you can support our kitchen or general items for the house by purchasing some of the below items we would be very grateful. To organise delivery of your items, please contact us on 08 8232 2282 – option 3.

To ensure Food Safety Standards, please ensure you read and abide by the following documents:

Food Safety Standards – Transporting Food

Food Standards Fact Sheet

Due to Health and Safety Requirements, we are not able to accept donations of non-packaged food or any pre-cooked food.

Please note we can only accept items in date and unopened.

Christmas Wish List Items

  • Coffee Beans
  • Christmas Biscuits
  • Boxed Chocolate
  • Sparkling/Soda Water
  • Soft Drinks
  • Juice
  • Gingerbread
  • Dried apricots
  • Assorted potato chips
  • Fruit cake
  • Custard
  • Mince pies
  • Pavolova bases
  • Crackers
  • Cappuccino sachets
  • Gravy packets- single serves
  • Gluten Free Products

Grocery Items

  • Fresh Milk – full/skim/lactose free
  • Coffee/Tea/Milo
  • Eggs
  • Dairy – cheese and yoghurt
  • Bread/bread rolls
  • Fruit and vegetables
  • Red Meat – beef and lamb
  • Chicken breast or thigh
  • Seafood
  • Cordial/Juice
  • Catering Size- gravy mixes, soup mixes, sauce, cheese sauce
  • Smallgoods/cold meats
  • Frozen Lasagne/Vegetarian lasagne
  • Gluten Free products
  • Paper towel
  • Cling wrap/aluminium foil
  • Toilet paper
  • Canned tuna – large and individual size
  • Canned salmon- large and individual Size
  • Food grade storage containers – all sizes
  • Strainers/colanders

We truly appreciate any support of the above items that can assist our kitchen.

  • PVA Glue
  • Drawing paper (A4 and A3)
  • Mindfulness Colouring Books
  • Art Canvases
  • Paint stick sets
  • Acrylic Paints in particular – sets of colours and skin tones
  • Water Colour paints
  • Water Colour pencils
  • Spray Varnish
  • Paper scissors
  • Draft paper (roll brown paper)
  • Stencils
  • Craft glue
  • Whiteboard/Blackboard/corkboard
  • Mindfulness Colouring books
  • Jigsaw puzzles
  • Balloons, pencil sharpeners
  • Corkboard pins