LITTLE DOVES - MEMORY BOXES
Recently I finished up a collection for Little Doves, one of boho & prosecco's chosen charities.
Little Doves is a friendship and support group for mothers who have experienced loss. It was started by two Perth women who met after both losing full term babies. They offer a community where women who have suffered the loss of their baby can be supported by other's who have experienced what they have been through.
Little Doves also make the memory boxes that mothers receive from the hospitals after a loss. They are filled with items to help them grieve and to make the short time they have with their baby in hospital as special as possible. There are many mothers who are not ready when they have an emergency birth, and have nothing to wrap their babies with or even items to have photos with. The boxes have items such as small blankets, wraps, teddies, photo frames, candles, small photo albums, flower seeds, face washes, beanies (from golf ball size up) to help the parents create a lifetime of memories with the baby in just a few short minutes or hours.
We hand made up and donated a bunch of boxes last month. Special thanks to Casey from Socks and Stitches for hand making with love, teeny tiny beanies and booties to go in each box.
While the number of boxes delivered is a mere decimal of the statistics, the impact on the family that receives one remains the most important thing.
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CHRISTMAS HAMPERS FOR FAMILIES IN NEED
98. That’s how many of the below Christmas hampers were delivered to Street Doctor to help Perth families struggling over the Christmas period. But the volume is not correlated to the direct impact this has on each individual that receives a hamper. When times are tough, Christmas places additional pressure on these families to provide making them feel shame and embarrassment.
Many many thanks to those who contributed. Thanks for coming forward with kindness, generosity and compassion. Thanks for caring about people you don’t know, and for being so willing to bring some joy to the lives of others without any thought for direct gratitude or acknowledgement from them. Your altruism is special, always hold onto that.
Special shout out to Julie Lord, Samantha Mackenzie, Jasmine Long and Victoria Keep for helping collect and gift wrap. When trying to pull off something like this, strength in numbers is a very real thing.
I’d also like to offer my sincere thanks to Jason Davis and his team at Sell My Shares. He saw the collection details on the human.kind platform on my website whilst booking his company Christmas party through me and rallied up his people, who turned up to their Christmas picnic with 7 HUGE hampers they’d all put together. Jason, your ability to influence your team through your leadership says many things about you and you’ve clearly got some very compassionate, generous, heart driven people working for you. Many, many thanks.
Honourable mention to my parents, who dropped everything to help me deliver when I realised they wouldn’t all fit in the van. Within 20 mins of my call they were pulling into the warehouse to help me load up their cars. Having a daughter than can’t sit still means they never get to sit still either but they’ve got my back every time.
With 43,000 families seeking food refuge each month, I get overwhelmed that this has just scratched the surface and I have to manage my frustrations of wanting to do more. But then I remember that I can’t do everything, but I can do something, and that’s better than nothing. From this concept came my human.kind (be both) project, and there will be plenty more where this came from. Only by giving are you able to receive more than you already had.
Sincere thanks again, to those who donated, please know how much difference this makes to a recipient. You’ve done good.