This Mother’s Day, help mothers in need.
Nappies are expensive. And kids need a lot of them.
If you have already aware of these two facts, chances are you’re a parent.
And chances are you’ve got some spare disposable nappies tucked away in the back of your cupboard.
You know, the ones you bought in bulk as you stumbled bleary-eyed down the supermarket aisle late at night vowing to never be caught short again? Only to discover a few days later that your little bundle of joy had already outgrown them?
Thanks to the work of the dedicated team at the Nappy Collective, those nappies could be redistributed to mothers in desperate need of them – many of whom are the victims of domestic violence.
Almost a quarter of a million nappies have already been re-homed since the organisation began in 2013.
Distributed through welfare organisations and women’s shelters, they went to mothers who have fled abusive relationships, mothers financially struggling to meet the physical needs of their baby and other mothers experiencing hardship.
One woman who fled from an abusive partner with her young daughter said she was “blown away” by the gesture, which saved her money and transporting nappies from the supermarket without a car.
“It was also a sense of relief because it was one less thing I had to worry about,” she said.
Charlotte Kelberg, a team leader at not-for-profit organisation Whitelion, which assists vulnerable and at-risk young people, said she had witnessed firsthand how receiving the nappies helped reduce the financial stress on young mums.
“It’s quite challenging being a parent in itself – if you add an unstable housing environment and family violence, it is incredibly complex,” she said.
“We’re a really lucky country but it doesn’t mean that poverty and financial destitution doesn’t exist. Lots of people locally are really struggling.”
“The nappies go a long way and are hugely appreciated. They put a smile on people’s faces when they receive them, even just knowing that other people are thinking about them.”
So, even if you’re not a parent or you don’t have spare nappies lying around, buy some and drop them off.
Feelings of awesomeness will follow, guaranteed.
The current collective is running from May 1 – 15 with collection points in each state, including some regional areas. To find your nearest collection point, go to the Nappy Collective website, where you can also volunteer your time and subscribe to the mailing list.