This Winter, however hard life gets, Extern brings hope.  

With rising food prices, soaring energy bills and extreme home heating costs, many more individuals and families are struggling to provide basic care for themselves this Winter, such as putting food on the table, having warm clean clothing or keeping a house heated.  

Help us give hope to some of the most vulnerable and isolated in your community by donating to our Winter Hamper Appeal.  

For some of our service users, donations are the only chance to have a Christmas at all. You can help relieve some of their worries about how they will afford to cope this Winter.  

You can support with a donation of: 

  • Clothes – Such as thermals, warm coats, shoes, socks, pyjamas, hats, gloves and scarves. 
  • Toiletries and period products – Such as shower gel, soap, shampoo/conditioner, deodorant, sanitary towels, face cloth, toothpaste, toothbrush, hand Sanitiser, hairbrush and lip Balm. 
  • Non-perishable food Such as cereal bars, biscuits, crisps, pot noodles, soups, chocolate, tinned meats, rice, pasta, baked beans, juices and wrapped Sweets. 
  • Gifts/toys 
  • Sleeping bags 

*We prefer new clothing and toys where possible, or in near-perfect condition.  


You can drop off your donations at:  

  • Extern, 118-122 Royal Avenue, Belfast, BT11DL  
  • Extern, 3 McKinney Road, Newtownabbey, BT364PE  
  • Extern, The Barbican Centre, County Louth, A92X004 

There are various other drop-off locations throughout the country, please contact fundraising at [email protected] for the full list of locations. 

The deadline for dropping items off before Christmas is 16th December, to allow for our staff & volunteers to check and sort the items and redistribute them to the most vulnerable young people and families in society in time for Christmas.

However, we accept donations all year round, so any donations received after this point will be distributed in the new year.  

If you have any questions, please email [email protected]   

Thank you so much for your support!