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