GOODS

B4VK gratefully accept the following goods for our backpacks and nappy bags. Please see the detailed list below regarding the types of goods that we need and check our Facebook page for items that we are running low on.

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.

OUR NAPPY BAGS AND BACKPACKS


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.




WHAT WE CAN'T ACCEPT


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




CORPORATE PRODUCT DONATIONS


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: B4VK Headquarters 26 Remount Way Cranbourne West VIC 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.




ESSENTIAL GOODS WE NEED


All of our backpacks or nappy bags contain these essential items, where they are age appropriate to the size of the clothing/ME Pack. Items required for School Essentials packs are also listed below.

  • Baby brush/comb (new only please)
  • Baby formula (sample sizes only, pre-packaged please)
  • Baby wash and moisturiser (new only please)
    Mini size up to 250ml
  • 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 (sew your own by following B4VK guidelines here)
  • Bibs (new or like new please)

  • Blanket or blankie (new or like new please)

  • Body wash/soap (new only please)
    Hotel size 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)
    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)

  • Handtowel 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 (to help us complete our administration tasks)
    e.g. Postage stamps, envelopes, A4 and A3 paper
    Tea/ coffee/ biscuits to keep our volunteers nourished

  • Sanitary pads (new only please)

  • Shampoo and conditioner (new only please)
    Hotel size up to 250ml
  • Shower gel/soap (new only please)
    Hotel size 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)
    Stationery pack (age appropriate) for our School Essentials and ME packs includes an age/need appropriate mix of:
- 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)
    Sew your own by following B4VK instructions here

  • Toiletry bags (new only)
    Sew your own by following B4VK instructions here

  • 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, nor toothpaste for sensitive teeth
  • Torches (new or like new please)
    With new AA or AAA batteries
    NB: No button batteries please




EXTRA LOVE GOODS WE NEED


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

  • 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.




OUR SCHOOL ESSENTIAL PACKS


School Essentials packs contain an age appropriate combination of the following items:
- Drink bottle - Lunchbox - Combination padlocks
- Compass
- Crayons - Erasers - Exercise or binder books
- Glue sticks
- Highlighter pens - Pencil case - Pens and lead pencils - Coloured Pencils or textas - Ruler/math-o-mat
- Scissors
- Sharpeners