Teen helps mums

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By SHEL­LEY GRECO

First she gath­ered emer­gency sup­plies for the vic­tims of Ty­phoon Haiyan in the Philip­pines.

Then she sourced and do­nated 75 pairs of py­ja­mas for the chil­dren of Star­ship Hos­pi­tal.

Now Auck­land school­girl Tayla Nasmith is on another mis­sion, this time pro­vid­ing mums with much-needed sup­plies for their ba­bies and tod­dlers.

Her Face­book page, Mummy’s in Need, al­lows mums to reach out with their re­quests for items they need but can’t af­ford, from nap­pies and clothes to strollers and cots. The page also re­ceives mes­sages from those who wish to do­nate items they no longer use.

‘‘Lots of them are re­quest­ing clothes, blan­kets and car seats. I re­ally feel bad for peo­ple who are strug­gling and feel a lit­tle help­less,’’ Tayla says.

‘‘I want to help them. The kids should be treated the same way as I am. If they need warm jumpers be­cause they’re cold, then they shouldn’t have to go with­out.’’

The 13-year-old set up Mummy’s in Need af­ter the ty­phoon dis­as­ter, and says she is pleased to see the num­ber of fol­low­ers ex­tend­ing be­yond her fam­ily mem­bers.

Her of­fer of help is avail­able to those who re­ally need it, re­gard­less of their lo­ca­tion or per­sonal cir­cum­stances.

If the teen has what a mum re­quires, then she is in­vited to Tayla’s home to col­lect the items. Her own mum helps with pick­ing up do­nated goods and wash­ing and sort­ing them.

Tayla pro­vided a Pa­p­a­toe­toe mother of four with food and clothes for her fam­ily, as well as nap­pies, bot­tles, a por­ta­cot and a car seat for her baby.

‘‘I get peo­ple say­ing, ‘You’re an amaz­ing girl, you’re only 13 and I can’t be­lieve you’re do­ing this’. That puts a smile on my face.

‘‘It re­ally makes me feel happy that I have been able to help some­one be­cause other peo­ple don’t need that stuff.’’

Photo: SHEL­LEY GRECO

Big heart: Tayla Nasmith, 13, has re­ceived lots of do­na­tions for her Face­book group, Mummy’s in Need.

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