Whittlesea families are being urged to donate new singlets, socks and jocks to help keep vulnerable children living in the northern suburbs warm this winter.

Volunteer group Big Group Hug is collecting the items in sizes two to 16 until Wednesday, May 31.

The group’s relationship co-ordinator, Julia de la Harpe, said the organisation wanted to help families in the north.

“We’re currently receiving around 35 requests a week from maternity hospitals, welfare agencies, women’s refuges, maternal child health centres and social workers for families who are doing it tough in our community,” she said.

“As we head into winter, we want to make sure these families have what they need to keep their kids warm.”

Collection points have been set up at Kool Kidz childcare centre and Sacred Heart Church in Mill Park, Laurimar Childcare and Early Learning in Doreen and the Whittlesea council offices in South Morang.

“We’re so grateful to those who have offered their businesses and organisations as collections points,” Ms de la Harpe said.

“We hope that the community will now make this campaign a success by dropping off their donations of new underwear, singlets and socks for kids in need.”