More often than not, when a child is placed in a foster home, they go with no more than the clothes on their back. There is no teddy to cuddle to provide comfort or familiar pyjamas to snuggle into, during what can be an incredibly traumatic time in their lives.
The Sweet Dreams and Good night wishes charity organisation aims to provide a ‘Care Bag’ to each child when they are placed into foster care. A ‘Care Bag’ is a backpack style bag that contains essential items to help them adjust to their new surroundings. Having their own backpack of items can help reduce anxiety and bring comfort to the child in such hard circumstances.
For a second year, the Patricks Road State School (PRSS) Student Council, along with PRSS teacher Jasmine Molineux, ran a drive for items that can be included in the backpacks, over the first 3 weeks of term 3. Collection bags were placed in each classroom and student councillors encouraged participation and collected donations. Again, the incredible school community achieved a terrific result with 389 complete care bags being put together – smashing their 2019 record of 214 Care Bags! Jasmine Molineux was blown away by the generosity of the school community.
‘Each year it gets bigger and better! Families were so generous with their donations, with many families getting their children on board to put together a bag for a foster child their age,’ said Jasmine.
‘We also received donations from the wider community with 30 bags being donated from The Hills District Daycare centre and a few more from Albany Hills State School.’
Each bag contains items for boys and girls aged between 2 and 16 years of age and may include:- a set of PJ’s, a set of clothes, a hair brush and hair bands (if for a girl), a colouring book and/or pencils, socks, underwear and/or a soft toy. Other items may be included, such as a hat, drink bottle, ball, small blanket etc.
The Sweet Dreams and Goodnight charity run the Care Bag drive every year with the next one kicking off in June/July 2022.
More information can be found on their Facebook Page