Baby items and hope
Almost every parent in the world wants the best for their children, but many face situations were they can’t afford to meet even their basic needs.
Whitby mother of three, Jo Alderdice, has decided to be an answer to that problem.
‘‘I’ve always had this belief that no child should go without and they should have everything they need,’’ she said.
Her organisation, Little Sprouts, provides vulnerable families with boxes of everything a new mother could possibly need, from a merino sleeping bag, to sheets and clothing.
‘‘It’s things that are going to make a real difference.
‘‘These families are in really difficult situations. It’s been making a huge difference to the babies but also the parents as well.’’
Many of those who receive the packs are refugees, victims of domestic violence and families with sick or premature babies.
Some of the gear is secondhand, but Alderdice said they only give away things in excellent condition.
It wasn’t until Alderdice started having children that she realised how many things a baby needed. She began thinking about how hard it must be for families who were worse off than she and her husband.
‘‘It must just be so unbelievably difficult for families in other situations.’’
That was six years ago, but it took a while to get the idea off the ground and the first packs headed out the door last October.
Since then Little Sprouts has taken off and just gave out its 90th pack. About three packs a week head out the door.
The organisation works with four Women’s Refuges, Refugee Services, House of Grace, The Salvation Army Porirua, Barnardos Lower Hutt, Family Start and the neo-natal unit at Wellington Hospital.
‘‘Our goal was not to duplicate other organisations but to support the ones already there,’’ Alderdice said.
She said people often got caught up wanting to change the world, but if they focused on something they could do in their area, poaitive changes could be made.
‘‘That’s what we really wanted to do to make a big impact and make a difference.’’
Currently Little Sprouts works in the Greater Wellington Region, but Alderdice said there were plans to move into more of New Zealand.
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Good start: Little Sprouts founder Jo Alderdice with her son Luke Alderdice-Sole, 1, and the contents of a Little Sprouts pack.