Gold Coast residents are being invited to support local families and contribute to new Gold Coast Charity “Baby Give Back” through a special Christmas Collection being conducted by Federal Member for McPherson Karen Andrews.
“I am delighted to launch a Christmas Collection for “Baby Give Back” – a local charity that provides goods to families with babies and children who need a helping hand,” Mrs Andrews said.
“I was so impressed when I heard about the work that “Baby Give Back” is doing in our community, and met with some of the Directors of the Charity, I decided to organise a Christmas appeal to support them and local families who are doing it tough.”
Mrs Andrews said that from 6 November until 11 December goods can be dropped into her office at 47 Watts Drive, Varsity Lakes. The drive will focus on new small goods and disposables: bottles, clothing, dummies, formula, nappies (cloth and disposables), and cleaning products. For safety reasons, products should be unopened in original packaging and not require refrigeration.
“Baby Give Back was established by a group of local mothers who believe every child deserves the best possible start in life, and they initially focused on recycling quality baby essentials.”
“These community-minded busy Mums have done a tremendous job, particularly since the Charity was first officially launched in January this year, helping many hundreds of local Mums, Dads and bubs at what is often a stressful time in life.”
Mrs Andrews said that “Baby Give Back” worked with local agencies and social workers to identify those most in need, including: Anglicare, Gold Coast Pregnancy and Family Support Agency Inc, Rizeup Australia, YHES House, Surfers Paradise Anglican Crisis Centre, Zig Zag House, Life Without Barriers, Logan Hospital, Gold Coast University Hospital, and Tweed Hospital.
“I love the fact that the crew at “Baby Give Back” can focus on collection and they work with established support networks on the ground to identify those most in need. It’s a really practical way of delivering assistance.”
“While there are a lot of very worth Christmas Appeals and Collections, I thought it would be great to support a local charity where 100% of the effort goes back into our local region.”
Mrs Andrews said that residents who preferred to could make a tax deductible donation to Baby Give Back via their website: www.babygiveback.org , as the charity is also fundraising for a warehouse so that they are better able to expand and help more families.