Guardian Pharmacy has donated more than 50,000 knitted garments this year, to help keep disadvantaged people warm

The Guardian Pharmacy Guardian Angels Knitting Program is now in its 20th year – and has provided more than two million knitted garments.

It calls on Australian knitters to help out the less fortunate by creating winter woollies such as beanies, scarves, jumpers and gloves.

Homelessness in Australia has increased by 14% over the last five years, highlighting the need for such apparel.

More than 116,000 Australians experience homelessness and more than three million live in poverty.

The goods have been donated to the St Vincent de Paul Society (Vinnies).

Brian Tomlin, Guardian General Manager, said the company was thrilled by the number of Australians willing to donate their time to the cause.

“The compassion of our Guardian Angels and the wider community never ceases to amaze us. We’ve been running this program for 20 years now and each year our community comes out in force to support,” Mr Tomlin said.

“Guardian pharmacists often live in the communities they work in, getting involved in projects such as this is a huge part of who we are as a team – we’re incredibly proud of this long-standing program.”

He thanked those who donated for their support of Guardian and the St Vincent de Paul Society.

“It truly has made a difference to the lives of people in need.”

Gorokan Guardian Pharmacist, Eric Ngo and his team enjoyed another successful year of leading the local Guardian Angels, attributing the success to the passionate community volunteers in Gorokan.

“The Guardian Angel program is very close to my heart and our team loves working with the community to give a helping hand to the local Vinnies,” Mr Ngo said.

“My job allows me to help and engage with the local community every day, this initiative goes one step further and allows us to extend our care through a creative outlet – every little bit counts when you are struggling and a woolly jumper may make all the difference.”