One of the fundraising initiatives recently supported by Mercy Health is the Nappy Collective. This national initiative collects unused, disposable nappies for families in crisis, and is a natural extension of Mercy Health’s mission to care for those in need.
Over the last few weeks ‘nappy fairies’ have visited drop-off points at Mercy Health Home & Community Care (MH HCC) sites in Canberra and Geelong to donate generously.
Gabrielle Morgan, regional service leader at MH HCC Canberra nicknamed the donors ‘nappy fairies’ because staff never saw the donors, but nappies kept appearing.
“We call them ‘nappy fairies’ because the donations seemed to appear out of thin air,” Mrs Morgan says. “In the morning there wouldn’t be any nappies, and two hours later there would be three half-full boxes.”
Mrs Morgan was delighted word about the fundraising initiative had spread. “People have really compassionate, generous hearts and even if they can’t donate money they will look for innovate ways to help,” Mrs Morgan says.
“Donating spare nappies is a practical way to help, and the nappies won’t end up wasted and unused. It’s a no-brainer.”
Meanwhile, MH HCC Geelong in Victoria was also involved in the Nappy Collective as a drop-off point for unused nappies. Regional service leader Monica Schreurs of MH HCC Geelong says the donation box at her office was overflowing by the time the two-week collection period ended.
“Our staff really got into the spirit of it, telling their friends about it and posting on social media,” Mrs Schreurs says.
Nappy Collective Geelong coordinator Alison Keath says a whopping 3,450 nappies were donated in the region, with the MH HCC Geelong West office the top collector.
“We usually get lots of odds and ends so I was surprised at how many new packets of nappies had been donated,” Ms Keath says.
Ms Keath’s car was so packed full with nappies that she had to make two trips. She is planning for an even bigger haul next time around: “Hopefully I’ll need a truck to collect them all”.