ACHIEVEMENTS

The annual highlights for B4VK are listed below by year. 

2017


Below is an itemised list of what a typical backpack or nappy bag looks like across different age groups. Each ME Pack has only one size of clothing in it. When a child arrives with a nappy bag or backpack their carer can concentrate on making them feel safe, instead of having to rush to an all night supermarket for supplies. These items can provide security as children fall asleep in a new home. NB: Please see "essential goods we need" or "extra love goods we need" tabs above for full donation instructions. Nappy Bags (Sizes 0000 - 0) Essential items

  • 7 disposable nappies
  • Baby Wipes
  • Feeding bottle/sippy cup
  • Bib
  • Baby brush/comb
  • Nappy rash cream
  • Dummy/pacifier
  • Baby wash and moisturiser
  • 3 sets of clothes including onesies
  • Soft toy or teddy
  • Baby wrap/swaddle and blanket
  • Baby formula (sample sizes pre-packaged)
  • Small tissue pack
  • Book to be read
Extra love items (usually 3-4 of these in each backpack when available):
  • Cotton buds and cotton balls
  • Change mat
  • Perfume free baby powder
  • Rattle and/or teether

Toddler Backpacks (Sizes 1-3)
Essential items
  • Soap/Bath Liquid
  • Face washer or body sponge
  • Toothbrush (in individual packaging) and toothpaste
  • Hairbrush or comb
  • Hairwash (mini size)
  • Blankie
  • Soft toy or teddy
  • 3 pairs of new undies
  • 1 pair of Socks
  • Two sets of clothes
  • One set of sleepwear
  • 5 Disposable Nappies/Pull Ups
  • Small tissue pack
  • Book to read or be read
Extra love items (usually 3-4 of these in each backpack when available):
  • Pillow case
  • Towel
  • Activity or playtime toy
  • Hat

Childrens Backpacks (Sizes 4-18) Essential Items
  • Soap / body wash / shower gel
  • Face washer or boy sponge
  • Toothbrush (in individual packaging) and toothpaste
  • Hairbrush / comb
  • Hair wash (hotel size / up to 250mL)
  • Hair ties
  • Small tissue pack
  • Book to read
  • Blankie
  • Soft toy
  • Two sets of clothes
  • One set of sleepwear
  • Torch (no button batteries)
  • Face washer / body sponge
  • 3 pairs of new undies (in sealed packaging)
  • 1 pair of Socks
Stationery pack (age appropriate):
  • Crayons, pencils or textas
  • Exercise or binder books
  • Ruler/math-o-mat
  • Pens and lead pencils
  • Eraser
  • Pencil Case and/or library bag
  • Pencil sharpener
For sizes 12+
  • Hand towel
  • Sanitary pads
  • Lip balm/make up (new only)
  • Hair styling products
  • Deodorant (roll on only)
Extra love items (usually 3-4 of these in each backpack when available):
  • Pillow case
  • Hand or bath towel
  • Hat
  • Lunchbox
  • Water bottle
  • Exercise books
  • Nit wash and comb
  • Moisturiser/body lotion
  • Sunscreen
  • Activity pack / scrap book
  • Book to read or be read
  • Diary/note pad
  • Colouring book
  • Jewellery
  • Extra toys eg. cards, puzzles
Please see our other sections for further instructions on what B4VK accept.




2015


Due to size/safety/hygiene/appropriateness we regretfully cannot accept any of the following items:

  • No adult jeans or adult tailored pants

  • No children's jeans without elastic waist from size 10 up

  • No bottles of shampoo/conditioner over 250ml (we have limited space in the back packs)

  • No razors/ aerosols/ sprays

  • Nothing in glass

  • Nothing flammable

  • Nothing toxic

  • No torches or toys with button batteries

  • Nothing with alcohol in it (eg. Perfume, some mouthwash)

  • No evening wear/ fancy children's clothes

  • No clothing with references to "mum or dad"

  • No women's size 16 + / Ladies XL, XXL etc.

  • No preloved soft toys (we have an abundance thank you)

  • No clothing, colouring books, stationary with themes of violence, or weaponry

  • Nothing with stains/ tears/ rips, nothing in disrepair

  • No sharp items

  • No nail polish

  • No used underwear or socks

  • No multipacks of toothbrushes




2016


Are you an organisation with excess stock or items from the above list that you are willing to generously donate? Goods can be dropped off at one of our handy locations or be sent to: 86 Camms Road,
Cranbourne Victoria 3977 We love to do a social thank you via our Facebook and Instagram pages so please get in touch if you plan to donate.




2019


B4VK delivery van - Our n ew dedicated Backpacks delivery van has been a great addition and will ensure our stock can be more easily delivered to those in need and with far greater speed too. We can now deliver up to 200 ME Packs at once! We can pick up and move large quantities of stock and be more self-reliant. Tiny sites 2019 - These containers full of essential backpacks and nappy bags are located throughout Victoria, to allow organisations or social workers to gain 24/7 access to critical supplies as and when they need it. Priority 18 - 2019 saw the scoping and implementation of an Enterprise Resource Planning Tool. With the professional assistance from Orchard Consulting Group, who went above and beyond in their roles to nip and tuck Priority18 to suit our operations and needs.
A big thank you also to Medatech, who have given us a 3 month subscription to help get us through the COVID-19 crisis.




2018


There are around 3-4 age and gender specific extra love items in each backpack or nappy bag.

  • Books - stationery (new only please)
    Colouring, craft and exercise/activity/scrap books for all ages

  • Diary or notepad (new only please)

  • Drink or watter bottle (new only please)

  • Games/puzzles/toys/cards (new only please)
    All ages, compact size, to fit in a backpack
  • Hat (new only please)
    Beanies, or summer hats/caps all ages

  • Jewellery (new only please)

  • Lunch bag (new only please)
  • Pillowcases (new or like new please)
  • Toys (new only please)
    All ages, compact sized, to fit in a backpack, no button batteries please.





Call us: 

(03) 8712 9545

044 455 4960

Post goods to: 

26 Remount Way Cranbourne West 3977

Visit us: 

Mon-Thurs 9:30am-4:00pm

26 Remount Way

Cranbourne West 3977

Email us:

General enquiries and supply requests
admin@backpacks4vickids.org.au