Wednesday, February 25, 2009

First lot of Rainbow Comfort Packs head to Kinglake!

Yesterday afternoon I got a call from the Dept. of Planning and Community Development (we're on their database) asking us to organise packs for the children in the Kinglake area.
There are a couple of portables that have been set up in the town and they need some things for the children there.
Sooooo, 102 Rainbow Comfort Packs are on their way to Kinglake!

We packed up a selection for each age group and gender, ranging from baby to teens.
Here are the packs, in age groups and gender, in giant brown paper bags.........
(sorry I forgot to take shots of the actual bags until after they were all packed up!! Next time!)

That's only half of them.... I think it's the boys on the couch and the girls were on the floor!

We were told it was still a no go zone in the Kinglake area, so I drove the packs to the Box Hill Dept. of Human Services, where two lovely ladies from DPCD (Rebecca and Suzette) are overseeing operations in this area using a small office based here. The packs will be off tomorrow morning to Kinglake.


No people in these photos, because if we were to get everyone involved in this amazing experience, we wouldn't be able to fit you all into the frame! Or we'd have dozens upon dozens of shots to upload and I'm not too sure blogger would cope!!

This is just the start. There is still so many more bags to get out in the coming months, so if you think you would love to contribute but have missed the boat - YOU HAVEN'T. Actually there is no boat.... so please keep sewing and crafting and donating.
You made this happen.

16 comments:

Cass said...

That is fantastic. It just goes to show some of the detractors that having been saying that craft items won't be needed how wrong they are

Nikki said...

Hooray!!!

It makes it seem so much more real SEEING them all off to their new owners. Thank you for getting this going. We have more donations cming in here daily - will get them to you ASAP.

laura_thomey said...

Yippy! That's great to see they are already in use! We made some more bags today at the sewing group, with many more to come!

Penny said...

Oh that is brilliant. You're really working hard on this, and I'm sure each child will be so happy to get one.

CurlyPops said...

The project is so fantastic. Congratulations on a job well done.

Joanne said...

You have detractors?? Some people really need to open their minds a little.
Well done to everyone involved in this ongoing act of kindness!

potty mouth mama said...

Wow, so fantastic, a job well done to all involved. Thanks for documenting this so we can all see.

Melanie said...

Oh good work! I'm so glad to have been a small part in this, and so glad to see some packs heading to new homes already :)

sooz said...

Totally fantastic job Monica, and great to see government and individuals working together so well. Usually we only get to hear about how impossible it is to work with government, so as a government worker I'm especially impressed. Great practical on the ground project that really makes a difference to people - keep on trucking :-)

Red Haired Girl said...

Hurray! Well done ladies and gentlemen! I'm sure they will be much loved.

Leonie said...

Congratulations on getting such a wonderful idea off the ground and out to the people in less than a month! I'm so proud of knowing a bag I made will help give comfort to a kid out there who needs it. Thanks for being the instigator and the hard worker and the deliverer. You are amazing.

sophie said...

These are such exciting photos - congratualtions on all your hard work!

Taccolina said...

Well done. This really puts the seal of happiness on the work we all did at the sewing bee. It's great to see them off to those who need them, and to think of the good will that we all poured into those bags going to the kids and the parents. Hooray!

Little Munchkins said...

That is fantastic! I have just bought some notepads and colour pencils/markers to put in the bags. I am hoping to be able to go to the post office next week to post my totes to you.

Hot Fudge said...

Congratulations on a mammoth effort. I am so pleased to have been a tiny, tiny part of your endeavours.

Bellgirl said...

Oh well done, and congratulations! It's so great to see that the confort packs have found their way home through your efforts.