When the pandemic hit, so did the demand for baby and children’s goods from local charity Geelong Mums.
Good supplies of items and posted donations allowed the charity - whose mission is to re-home pre-loved nursery goods to support families in need while saving the earth’s precious resources - to meet demand.
Demand remains high with around 1,000 items, from cots and prams to clothing and linen, provided to 150-plus local families during June alone.
Normally supported by an army of 1,000 volunteers – or up to 30 on any given day – due to capacity limits, only 12 are currently allowed on site.
Cots, prams, car seats, clothing for 8-14 year-olds (particularly for boys), and toiletries for adults, children and babies are currently needed.
Due to the reintroduction of stage 3 'stay at home'
Geelong Mums directly for the latest information on how to donate items at this
Geelong Mums also has a 'shop and drop' collection tub at Waurn Ponds Shopping Centre (near Target) where you can drop off newly purchased items, such as toiletries, kids clothing, bedding and blankets, nappies and wipes.
Kelly Suvoltos - Partnerships Coordinator
March and April were our busiest months ever. This was at the time when we weren’t able to accept dropped off donations and when volunteers weren’t able to come in due to restrictions.
People are amazingly generous.
We recently supported a large number of refugee families, many of which didn’t speak English and weren’t sure if they were allowed to leave home to buy supplies during lockdown. There were tears all round when these families recently received the supplies they needed.
I don’t think that need will lessen over the coming months. It’s been a really tough year for many.
Pre-arranged donations have changed things for us, but we still have been receiving a steady supply of items. I think everyone had a clean out when they spent so much time at home! We certainly welcome more donations to see us through the coming months.
Waste is a big issue for us. We want to spend every cent that we can helping those in need so we don’t want to waste any money on disposing of items that aren’t able to be passed on.
Our advice is: if you wouldn’t give it to your best friend, then don’t give it to us.