Finally the kids are past needing the cot, change table and pram. No longer will the baby swing or jolly jumper be taking up unsightly space in the lounge room and the early walking toys and small trikes have been well and truly discarded. Hallelujah. But the question is: What do you do with them? If there is no one to pass them down to in the family, consider doing the charitable thing and donate unwanted nursery items. Today’s Chisholm & Gamon blog points in you in the right direction to move those no-longer-needed nursery items to a grateful home.
St Kilda Mums is a charitable organisation set up for the collection, delivery and distribution of baby furniture and toys. Established in 2009, the organisation is run by a team of five mothers that have a network of over 50 volunteers, reflecting the popularity of the idea and the need for the work that they do. They collect things like prams, cots, bassinets and baby clothes and pass them on to Maternal Child Health Nurses for distribution in areas where they are most needed. Their work has recently been recognised in the form of a $10,000 grant from the Bank of Melbourne.
The Bank of Melbourne in collaboration with the Herald Sun has given out ten grants of $10,000 under a campaign called ‘The Local Project’. The project aimed to support community groups at the grass-roots level, where a little money can go a long way. Community groups were nominated under five categories including education, community, culture, environment and recreation, with the winners selected by a tally of votes collected via Facebook.
Other winners of the grant included the Edmund Rice Camp that takes children from troubled and disadvantaged backgrounds away for some fun and to learn important life skills, Stroke a Chord which is a choir made up of Stroke survivors who have lost their ability to communicate through speech (but can sing), and Second Chance Cycles where donated bikes are repaired and used by the residents of the Collingwood High Rise Estate, who may not have the funds or space to maintain their own. For further information on The Local Project winners, click here.
St Kilda Mums plan to use the money from The Local Project to repair the equipment that they collect so that they ensure that items such as cots and prams meet current Australian safety standards before they are passed on to a family in need. To find out more about getting involved with St Kilda Mums click here. You can email the ‘Mums’ at firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet them at @stkildamums.