Seniors help nappy-giving program to hit 80,000
WE Care Connect has marked its fourth birthday with an unusual milestone - notching 80,000 nappies distributed to vulnerable children across the Central Coast.
Partnerships and fundraising organiser Helen Barker said that since May 2016 the group has supported more than 6000 children with over 100,000 new and pre-loved items.
And Seniors have played a big part in that, with about 90 per cent of the group's volunteers being retirees.
A growing number of grandparents who suddenly find themselves taking care of grandkids for various reasons are also among those who have been helped out.
Helen said volunteers managed everything from sorting to preparing support packs, doing office work, driving and fundraising to mechanical repairs.
"I would describe our volunteers as becoming like family - everyone loves coming in and the camaraderie of people coming together from all walks of life and connecting and sharing that experience of helping others," Helen said.
Originally started by a couple of mums recycling family and friends' children's clothing at Toukley Uniting Church, the service quickly became too big for them to handle alone, and incorporated as a separate not-for-profit charity about 18 months ago.
"It's a wonderful feeling to know that we are able to give families who are so overwhelmed that help with practical and day-to-day essentials," Helen said.
"We've got a wonderful community through Facebook and Instagram and when we put the word out that we need something, they really respond," Helen said.
At the moment, good condition, warm children's clothing - particularly pyjamas - sheets, blankets, school supplies, nappies, formula and towels are really needed.
Go to www.wecare connect.org.au, find them on Facebook or email info @wecareconnect.org.au.