Refuges and emergency foster care offer a safe space to tens of thousands of vulnerable children each year. Often they arrive with nothing more than the clothes they are wearing.
The process can be swift and traumatic, leaving children facing new and unfamiliar surroundings. Many will have experienced or witnessed violence and suddenly find themselves separated from parents or siblings. They are scared, alone and in need of comfort.
Buddy Bags are backpacks full of essential items for vulnerable children across Australia who are experiencing crisis, trauma, or doing it tough.
Buddy Bags contain items such as a toothbrush, toothpaste, hairbrush, facewasher, PJs, underwear and socks, as well as a book, and the all-important teddy bear.
A Buddy Bag offers more than just material aid, it is one of the vital first steps to recovery. These everyday items help restore a sense of safety and security to children when they need it most.
For 13 years, the Alannah & Madeline Foundation has worked tirelessly to provide Buddy Bags to some of the 60,000 children who rely on crisis accommodation each year.
These children need your help.
The Buddy Bags program runs on the support from our community. A small amount can create a large, lasting impact. We’re thankful for any help you can provide.
If you or your company can donate items in bulk that we can use in our Buddy Bags, please let us know by either calling or emailing us here.
We hear from mothers, carers and children about their experience with Buddy Bags every day. Many, like Miki, say the program supports them and their families during what is an extremely traumatic time.
“My kids still have their teddies that came with their Buddy Bags when we first went to the women's refuge over three years ago. It's a great incentive to put a smile on children's faces who have had to deal with domestic violence.”
Download the Buddy Bags Factsheet here.
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