OUR FREE PROGRAMS
My Essentials (ME) Packs
Providing emergency supplies for Victorian children placed in out-of-home care is at the heart of what we do at B4VK. "ME" stands for My Essentials. What are the basic clothing and necessities that you think you might need if you were suddenly displaced? This is what we provide to those children in our community who find themselves in these circumstances.
Since 2015, we have supplied Victorian children with over 9,000 ME packs.
Often, children arrive in emergency accommodation with nothing more than the clothes on their backs. This could be pyjamas, or a school uniform. Our backpacks and nappy bags are filled with essential items to help get displaced children through the first 48 hours of care. The packs include basic toiletries, clothing, pyjamas, a torch and extra love items such as soft toys, blankets and games to provide some comfort as they fall asleep in a stranger's home. We are able to provide these items thanks to generous donations from both individuals and Australian businesses. To see how you or your business can help, please visit our what we need page.
Requests for backpacks and nappy bags come from social workers, Victoria police, Department of health and human services and beyond. Requests for packs must be made in writing via our supply request form.
Christmas 4 Kids in Care
Thank you to all who contributed to our Christmas Program 2019. What a success! With your help we provided 2,038 children in out of home care, emergency accommodation and refuges something to smile about this Christmas. Thank you to the sewers for our gorgeous Santa sacks, and to those who donated gifts, soft toys and books. A special note of gratitude to Medical and Aged Care Group for the amazing donation of $2,000 to purchase new reading books for this program.
We are very proud of our South West VIC Distribution Centre handling the collection of items, packing of Santa Sacks and delivery to children in their region. Well done Jenny and Peter King. Thank you Warrnambool Masonic Lodge for the use of your hall.
Huge thanks to those who helped sort, pack and deliver the gifts. Delivery drivers and clean up crews are also most appreciated. It was a fantastic effort by all. We feel truly grateful and blessed to be part of such a giving community. Every child registered received a book, a soft toy, at least one extra gift and all in a home-made Santa Sack.
Agencies: Orders and donations are currently being accepted for Christmas 2020. Watch your email inboxes and our social media posts for links.
Foster Feet Fitting Right In
We have plenty of these beautiful new Bata school shoes for kids in care. Sizes available range from small size 10 to big size 9. Styles include Treble, Forte, Duet and Jive.
Please call us to arrange a fitting appointment and to ensure we have the right sizes in stock. You will need to bring evidence of the kids being in your care.
We are very grateful to Bata Shoe Co Australia for donating these shoes