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Sponsor a ME Pack

Sometimes children arrive in care with only the clothes on their back. Our backpacks and nappy bags provide the essentials for a child during a time of great uncertainty. Each ME pack includes essentials and items of comfort, to support a child entering out of home care or emergency accommodation, and costs just $100.00 to complete. 

Each ME Pack provides a child with around $480 worth of material aid. The value of hope and self esteem = priceless.

Sponsor a School Essentials (SE) Pack

For many children, the return to school is a period filled with eager anticipation and excitement, offering the opportunity to reunite with friends and share enjoyable experiences. However, for those who have recently endured the trauma of displacement or relocation without their belongings, starting at a new school without the essential supplies can cause significant anxiety and stress.

No child should feel anxious, embarrassed, or frightened to attend class the next morning only because he or she doesn’t have basic school supplies. A simple pack full of school essentials can make a world of difference to a child’s learning experience.

Your donation of $36 dollars will give a child in out-of-home care a customised pack containing their choice of new school supplies.

Donate to B4VK

We rely heavily on donations. Please choose an amount you would like to donate.  We have given some examples of the impact your generous gift will make.

Donate Goods

B4VK gratefully accept excellent quality goods for our backpacks and nappy bags. Please check our Facebook page for items that we need on What We Need Wednesday.

We believe that children who receive our packs deserve goods in excellent or new condition. We know that you’ll agree, anything not of the condition we give will be utilised elsewhere.

We have a standardised set of goods in each of our nappy bags and backpacks that each child entering out of home care receives. You can see what a typical backpack or nappy bag might look like below.

Baby brush/comb (new only please)

Baby formula (sample sizes only, pre-packaged please)

Baby wash and moisturiser – up to 250ml(new only please) 

Baby wipes (new and unopened please)

Baby wraps or swaddles (new or like new)

Backpacks (Large – new or like new)

Large sports bags for our teenage packs

Large nappy bags 

Bibs (new or like new please)

Blanket or blankie (new or like new please) 

Body wash/soap (new only please) up to 250ml

Books – reading  (new or like new please) – All ages including baby ABC books right the way through to young adult

Clothing (new or like new please) -Casual and stretchy is best! We love trackpants, leggings, hoodies, jumpers, long sleeve or short sleeve casual tops, shorts and singlets

Baby clothing ages sizes 0000-0 – including onesies (unisex is best for these sizes).

Boys and girls clothing 1-18 as well as Women’s S M L and Men’s S M L

Socks (new only) all sizes as above

Underwear (new in sealed packaging please) all sizes as above

NB: Pants over size 10 must have an elasticised waistband.Please no formal wear, tailored clothing, dress-ups, costumes or clothing with references to “mum” or “dad.” 

Deodorant – (roll on – new only please) NB: we cannot accept aerosols or glass

Drink Bottles – for our School Essentials and backpacks (new only please) suitable for  all ages. 

Dummy/pacifier (new only please) – Newborn to 18 months

Facewashers/flannels/sponges/shower puffs (new only please)

Feeding bottle/sippy cup (new only please)

Hairbrush/comb (new only please)

Hair-styling products (new only please)

Hand Towel and/or bath towel (new only please)

Lip balm (new only please in sealed packaging)

Lunch boxes – for our School Essentials and backpacks (new only please)  – all ages 

Nappies– Opened or new is great – each nappy bag gets 7 nappies

Nappy rash cream (new only please)

Office Stationery e.g. Postage stamps, envelopes, A4 and A3 paper

Tea/ coffee/ biscuits 

Sanitary pads (new only please)

Shampoo and conditioner (new only please) – up to 250ml

Shower gel/soap (new only please) – up to 250ml 

Sleepwear or pyjamas (new only please)

Small tissue packs (individually sealed please)

Soft toys or teddybears (new only please)

Stationery (new only please)

Combination padlocks

Compass 

Crayons 

Erasers 

Exercise or binder books

Glue sticks 

Highlighter pens 

Pencil case 

Pens and lead pencils

Pencils or textas 

Ruler/math-o-mat

Scissors 

Sharpeners 

Stationery bags/book/library bags (new only)

Toiletry bags (new only)

Toothbrushes (new only please)

NB: We unfortunately cannot accept toothbrush multipacks

Toothpaste (new only please small sizes up to 110g).

Kids toothpastes, (e.g. Macleans milk teeth) right through to adult. 

NB: No whitening toothpaste please, or toothpaste for sensitive teeth

Torches (new or like new please) – With new AA or AAA batteries

NB: No button batteries please

Books/Stationery (new only please) 

Colouring, craft and exercise/activity/scrap books

Diary or notepad (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)

Pillowcases (new or like new please)

Toys (new only please) – All ages, compact sized, to fit in a backpack, no button batteries please.

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

B4VK has a number of handy drop-off locations around Victoria and beyond, check the list below to find a B4VK contact near you. Please SMS or call your location contact to arrange a drop-off time. ​

If you or your workplace are interested in becoming a drop-off point for B4VK, please contact us.​

Bairnsdale Keryn and Ian  0409 701 021

Ballarat Margy 0427 346 816

Ballarat Simone 0490 550 157

Ballarat Lisa 0439 656 238

Bendigo Dot 0408 590 087

Berwick  Jenny  0417 513 905

Binginwarri/Welshpool  Marilyn  041 062 4355

Bright Toni  0427 552 265

Bulleen Wilma  041 089 0465

Chadstone  Rhonda  0448 215 537

Craigieburn Kym 0422 233 921

Cranbourne after hours  Sally 0412 205 943

Cranbourne Mon-Fri 9:30am-4pm  B4VK HQ  8712 9545

Eltham Janine 0403 027 980

Hoppers Crossing  Julie  040 781 9301

Keysborough  Lenise  041 11 39 564

Lang Lang Jody 0418 518 789

Narre Warren Wendy (Casey Aged Care)  9705 2589

Noble Park  Dawn  0407 325 030

Preston Gina 0409 558 221 

Rochester Belinda 0479 114 275

Devon Meadows Michelle 0418 999 408    

Tooradin  Loretta  0410 787 114

Vermont  Kylie  041 425 7747

Warrnambool  Jennifer and Peter  040 161 1123

Wheelers Hill Barb and Sharyn 0418 342 265

Williamstown  Bea  0405 403 359

Yarragon  Carol 0407 978 336

Make a Bequest

By leaving a bequest to Backpack 4 Vic Kids, you can help us continue our important work and make a real difference in the lives of children in need. Your bequest will ensure that we can continue to provide essential supplies to those who need them most, and help us to expand our reach to more children in the future.

Leaving a bequest is a simple process that can be done through your will. Your bequest can be for any amount and can be designated to support a specific program or area of our work. No matter the size of your bequest, it will have a lasting impact on the lives of children in need.

Leaving a bequest to Back pack 4 Vic Kids is a powerful way to leave a legacy of kindness and compassion. By supporting our organisation, you can help ensure that every child has the opportunity to succeed and reach their full potential.

Thank you for considering a bequest to Backpack 4 Vic Kids.

Your support will make a world of difference.