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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.
B4VK is able to provide stationery packs and back to school items such as lunchboxes, drink bottles and combination padlocks to students of families facing financial hardship. Supply request forms for foster care agencies must be made in writing via this form.
Christmas 4 Kids in Care
Thank you to all who contributed to our 2020 Christmas 4 Kids in Care. What a success!
With your help we provided 4,400 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, to those who donated gifts, soft toys and books, to those who contributed to our Christmas Gift Appeal on MyCause platform. Huge thanks to those who came and helped us select, packs, organise and deliver orders. It was a fantastic effort by all.
Valued and generous sponsors included Hasbro, Homegrown Bunch, Bennett Group, Laing O'Rourke, Jacobs Engineering companies, MJB Contractors, South Eastern Program Alliance staff, contractors and sub-contractors working on local level crossing removal projects and the Cranbourne Rail Duplication project, Western Program Alliance, COS, Baby Bunting, Turosi Giving Fund, Wilson Street Kinder, Aspire Early Education(Cranbourne West), 123 Read2Me, Laming Racing, Loewe Projects, Wicks and Stones, Paul and Samantha Cross Foundation, Victorian Bar, McConnell Dowell, Fantech, Avan Campers, St Joan of Arc school Brighton, St Leonard’s College and many others.
We are very proud of our South West VIC Distribution Centre handling the collection of items, packing of Santa Sacks and delivering to children in their region. Well done Jenny and Peter King. Thank you to Ray White Real Estate Warrnambool, Morton Power for your generosity.
We feel truly grateful and blessed to be part of such a giving community!
Next year, we are expecting our Christmas 4 Kids in Care program to grow even more. We anticipate finding and engaging a major sponsor of our C4KiC program. Could that be you?
We would need at least $5,000 to cover administrative costs and manage this program effectively. To express your interest, please email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 03 8712 9545.
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.