Charity begins at home – a guide to donating baby goods

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If you’re awash with baby goods that you no longer need, but know they have plenty of life left in them, why not think about donating them? There are so many wonderful charities and organisations now facilitating the donation process, so we’ve put together a go-to guide for donating baby goods across Australia.

When we recently asked Babyologists for suggestions about where to donate baby goods, the most listed organisation was St Kilda Mums. The volunteer-run, not-for-profit organisation is based in Melbourne and collects donations of nursery equipment and baby goods. They then restore the cots, prams, bassinets, clothes and other baby-related essentials to make sure they meet safety requirements.

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The revamped goods are then used to support children and parents who are doing it tough, by linking up with maternal and health nurses and social service agencies. St Kilda Mums this year established Geelong Mums, to extend its service into the wider community. Have a look at what can and can’t be donated, before contacting St Kilda Mums to see how you can help.

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For those wanting to donate in New South Wales and the ACT, the Dandelion Support Network is a fantastic not-for-profit service, which is also run by volunteers. The organisation accepts donations of good-quality, secondhand children and baby equipment to pass on to families in need. The network will repair and renew the donated items, then pass them on to families via connections with support agencies. You can find out what and how to donate at the Dandelion Support Network.

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No matter where in Australia you live, a really clever way to connect with someone who needs your baby goods is through Givit. It’s an online matching service connecting those wanting to donate to trusted charities. The organisation can’t facilitate delivery of any items, but when you pledge your donation, you can also specify how you can manage to transport the item (either by post, drop off or pick up). You can browse the What’s Needed section to see what charities are chasing.

Assist-A-Sista is a Gold Coast-based group, which assists survivors of domestic violence to rebuild their lives by facilitating donations of item including baby goods. This group is very much powered by social media, and can be contacted directly at Assist-A-Sista.

If you know of any other charitable organisations which accept baby and children’s goods, feel free to tell us in the comments below.

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