Love by the bagful for babies

2016-02-16 06:00
 Photo: supplied Volunteers ready to hand out the Love the Babies goodie bags.

Photo: supplied Volunteers ready to hand out the Love the Babies goodie bags.

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THE "Love the Babies" project is the first project that led to the formation of the Robin Hood Foundation. Through this project, needy mothers from Aids-affected communities are given a "Love the Babies" bag for the first year of their baby's life. The bag is essentially a baby shower in a bag.

Included in the bags are towelling nappies, disposable nappies, second-hand and new baby clothes, booties, hats, bibs, blankets, towels, toys and teddies.

Occasionally, if the foundation receives sufficient donations, items such as aqueous cream, baby shampoo or powder are included.

RHF co-ordinator Kim Jones said they are concerned by the huge disparity in society.

“On the one side of town, new moms have cupboards bulging with baby clothes they don't need, whereas on the other side of town, needy moms give birth to children and they don't even have an outfit to put on their newborn. We would like to see an end to the horror stories of new moms taking their babies home from hospital wrapped in newspaper.

“To date more 16 000 Love the Babies bags have been handed out to needy moms in the greater Durban area, including St Mary's Hospital, King Edward Hospital, Addington Hospital, Prince Myshiyeni Memorial and Inchanga Clinic. Bags are also given to moms identified through churches, pregnancy crisis centres and concerned individuals.”

The Love the Babies project aims to help 100 new mums every month and in order to do this, the RHF needs a continuous supply of baby items.

Each Love the Babies bag contains the following items, which one can donate - nappies, vests, newborn outfit, one to three-month outfit, three to six-month outfit, six to 12- month outfit, blanket, toy, bib, hat, toiletries, jersey, booties and shoes.

Official drop-off sites are Durban North Pharmacy, Broadway Pharmacy, Pro Appointments - Westville, Lasting Impressions - Westville, The Firm - Kloof, Wool 'n Weave - Hillcrest, Hillcrest Party Hire Pot & Kettle - Bothas Hill. For more information, contact 076 612 9060.

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