The winter weather has hit us with its full force this week. Plenty of rain or frosty mornings during the day making the walk to school uncomfortable and cold nights requiring extra blankets on the beds. This weather is the time when families struggling with the every day cost of living are hardest hit.
The requests for warm clothes and blankets have increased and we are short of warm clothes, especially for preschoolers and bigger kids. If you or someone you know can donate good quality preloved warm winter clothing it would be greatly appreciated. There is a poster on our website you might like to print out.
Winter Woollies for Ballarat
Over the past couple of months, we have seen more people and community groups helping us by running collections. We can use donations of money to purchase new cots and car seats to help keep babies safe.
This amazing group is from all around Ballarat, and they spent 10 months knitting and crocheting 150 blankets that will be included in our linen bundles.
Diploma of Community Services
The second year Diploma of Community Services students at Federation University are the social workers of the future. As part of a class project they did a donation drive, specifically asking for items that cannot be recycled. The result was an amazing 1500 items, including many wipes and nappies.
Ballarat Grammar School
This year the year 11 girls at Ballarat Grammar ran a Mother's Day stall for students in the junior school. They were able to raise over $700. They purchased clothing for us with part of the money and then donated the remaining money to us that will enable us to purchase three new cots and mattresses. Thank you!
Envirovision is a not for profit organisation that believes in upcycling things. They teach people how to restore and repair items like bikes, wardrobes and other house hold items. Sarah from Envirovision has also been teaching people how to sew and using material that has been donated to us the team have made Scruff bears and puzzle balls that we include in toy bundles. They have also turned cot valances and pillow case (both items we don’t rehome) into fitted sheets and draw string bags that we use to bundle up bottles and shoes. We love adding these upcycled items into our bundles.
The third annual Trivia night, will be held on Friday the 27th of October. Please save the date and get your team together, and look out for more information to follow.
One mother to another
Thank you all for your generous support in providing so many mothers with a Mother's Day gift this year that they may not have otherwise received. We distributed over 150 toiletry bags this year. Your support is truly amazing.
A note from a social worker
"I am a social manager at Centacare. Earlier this week I put through an emergency order for a family desperately in need of pretty much everything. I came out today to pick up and couldn’t believe what had been put together for the family, how amazing! The staff were incredibly friendly and the whole experience was fantastic. I cannot wait to get all these much needed items to the family. Thank you so much, what a wonderful experience and much needed service in our community."
If you have a few hours free to assist with either bundling or tinkering (preparing cots, car seats and prams to be rehomed) we would love to talk to you.
Don’t forget you don’t have to be a mum to volunteer at Eureka Mums. We welcome sisters, brothers aunties, uncles, dads and grandparents! As long as you have the time and want to help others we would love to have you as part of our team. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to book in for an induction.