Thanks to our community and Rotarians for your generous donations of new pyjamas and beanies for children in foster care.
Tawa Rotary is seeking your further help.
Young children living in care situations are away from family and they are relying on the generosity and goodwill of the community to help. The donated beanies, pyjamas and soft toys provide a much-needed collection for Foster Hope NZ to give to the children (aged between 0-16 years). There are some 5000 children in foster care in NZ.
Pictured outside Tawa ITM are Tawa Rotarians handing over donated items and cash donation to June Matthews (centre) from Foster Hope.
August update: soft toys
And now it’s the turn of the soft toys. Tawa Rotary has added soft toys to their pyjama and beanie collections for Foster Hope, the charity that supports children taken into foster care, often at short notice. So, please look into the back of the cupboards and under the beds for any soft toys in good, clean condition that you feel your family can part with. Or perhaps even find us a new one. The drop-off point is ITM on Main Rd, Tawa. One more child with warm PJs, a beanie and a soft toy to cuddle down with is one more child that feels just that little bit more loved.
Pictured: Tawa Rotarians and June Matthews of Foster Hope, with donated pyjamas and beanies, test the cuddle factor of some of the soft toys. From left Elizabeth Sutton, June Matthews, Gaylene Lines, Brian Frampton and Tony Heyward.
This appeal is being shared via Facebook, Neighbourly, local news and our website.
16 June 17 - Update:
"Gaylene, Brian and I met with June Matthews from Foster Hope NZ today (Fri 16 Jun 17), and have been overwhelmed with the response of donated goods for Foster Hope. Boot full of pyjamas, bags of beanies, and they are still coming in.
Great response, and thankyou to Tawa Rotary Club members and also Tawa Inner Wheel."
(Photo - from left, Elizabeth Sutton, Brian Frampton, Gaylene Lines, June Matthews, 16 Jun 17)
This is a joint community effort – and we need YOUR HELP – PLEASE!
Foster Hope is making up backpacks of essentials to be given to children when they are removed from their homes and go into foster care. The backpacks give the foster parents’ time to help the child settle in, and relax a little, without having to run out to buy essentials. Children frequently arrive at a foster home with literally the clothes they are wearing and that’s it. Each pack includes a soft toy, a book, and a carry all bag for any belongings they do have – items that will show them they are loved. Without this, they are usually left with a black rubbish bag. The packs also include toiletries depending on the age; nappies and wipes to deodorants and sanitary items, facecloths, combs and diaries.
Foster Hope also has an annual winter pyjama drive, Christmas toy drive and they fundraise for children in foster care to go to camp. Knitted beanies and toys, and donations made with love are also really appreciated. They definitely help to make children feel quite special, and help them to know that someone out there cares about them. Foster Hope is always accepting donations of all the above and drop-off points are all around Wellington. Foster Hope Wellington covers Wellington to Napier, to New Plymouth, and is run by volunteers.