Buddy Bags provide basic, essential items to thousands of children in emergency accommodation.
While most Australian children open presents on their birthday, many others spend their special day in emergency accommodation without even the basic necessities like a toothbrush or clean underwear.
What are Buddy Bags?
In response to continued demands to support children in emergency care, The Alannah and Madeline Foundation introduced Buddy Bags in 2007.
Buddy Bags are backpacks containing new and essential items, such as toiletries, pyjamas, socks, underwear and a pillowcase, as well as comfort items such as a book, photo frame and teddy bear.
Restoring a sense of safety and security into children's lives during a traumatic time is one of the first steps to recovery, and Buddy Bags help to make this transition a little easier. Buddy Bags are something children can call their own, no matter where they go.
Every two weeks, corporate volunteers from our partners, including NAB and Target - along with a small team of regular, dedicated volunteers - pack the Buddy Bags at The Alannah and Madeline Foundation's office in South Melbourne.
Boxes of packed bags are then delivered to foster care agencies and domestic violence refuges across Australia.
The Alannah and Madeline Foundation has delivered Buddy Bags to more than 30,000 children across the country since the program began.
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Underwear or a toothbrush for a child who is scared and vulnerable and has left their home and everything they own behind.
We pack Buddy Bags at our offices before they are shipped to refuges. Visit our website for more details.
What To Bring
Pyjamas, underwear, toiletries, teddy bears to go in the bags are always welcome.
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